Originally created 06/02/04

Erving no longer a candidate for Raptors' GM job



TORONTO -- Julius Erving is no longer a candidate to be general manager of the Toronto Raptors, who are looking for a replacement since firing Glen Grunwald on April 1.

Erving was an executive vice president with Orlando for six seasons before leaving the Magic last summer. Raptors star Vince Carter backed Erving for the Raptors' job, and Erving was interested.

"He's not in the mix," interim GM Jack McCloskey said Tuesday.

The Raptors hope to have a GM before the NBA draft June 24. They're also looking for a coach to replace the fired Kevin O'Neill. Toronto (33-49) missed the playoffs for a second straight year.

Erving won an NBA championship with Philadelphia in 1983. He was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 1981 and was chosen five times for the all-NBA first team.