1976 was the last all-star game of the American Basketball Association (ABA). After this game, the ABA merged with the NBA or the “National Basketball Association”, which we still know today. This game was at the same time the scene of an important premiere: On that day, the first slam dunk competition took place, where Julius “Dr. J.” Erving thrilled the spectators in Denver with his iconic free throw line dunk and created a new creative harmony between the art and the athleticism of the game.
The ABA x NBA Fusion Is 45 Years Old
To mark the 45th anniversary of the merger of the two leagues, Converse is launching an ABA-inspired collection for selected basketball models — the All-Star BB Evo, the G4, and the lifestyle-driven Chuck 70. In terms of colour, the styles are matched with the old league, all of which look quite patriotic with the blue, red, and white.
All three silhouettes are kept in red, white, and blue. The All-Star BB Evo continues the strict design of the model’s split shoes, adding a dash of gold to the Converse Star Chevron logo, while the G4 features subtle asymmetrical red and blue details between the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. The ABA logo appears on the tongue of both silhouettes (the Evo also shows the logo on the outsole).
The Chuck 70 completes the trio, with its upper featuring a full-length print with the logos of some nostalgic franchises, such as the San Diego Conquistadors, the Pittsburgh Condors, the Oakland (wait for it…) Oaks, and others.
Don’t Miss the Release of the ABA x NBA Converse Basketball Collection
The Converse ABA capsule will be released on November 12th at converse.com and selected retailers.
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