You might be familiar with the NBA, aka the National Basketball Association, but how familiar are you with the ABA, aka the American Basketball Association? Let’s look at 3 facts about the ABA that will help you appreciate the perfect pairing of this week’s Converse collaborative release. Although it might be seen as a long-lost cousin of the global brand that is the NBA, we actually wouldn’t even have the NBA if it weren’t for the ABA. As Rohit pointed out on the latest episode of the Sneaker History Podcast, the ABA was the swagged out, basketball league. When you think of NBA basketball back in the day, think of mundane chest passes of perfect form with little-to-no style. While the ABA featured players like Dr. J flying above defenders on his way to a picturesque slam dunk.
The 3-point shot was first implemented by the ABA.
The red, white, and blue “money ball” is the same design as the original ABA basketball.
The Slam Dunk Contest was invented by the ABA.
Thank you, Dr. J.
The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs, all began as ABA teams.
Converse collaborating with the ABA is quite possibly the most authentic partnership we’ve seen in sneakers this year. Being an early sponsor of the legendary Dr, J, it’s almost automatic to think about Converse and the ABA in the same breath.
If old school is your vibe, the Converse Chuck 70 is the best option from this trio. It features the iconic red and blue accents on white, with team logos from some of the ABA’s most storied franchises. If you’re looking for a hoop shoe, the ABA x Converse All Star BB EVO comes in a two-tone red and blue low top version, and the Converse G4 has a classic color blocking that looks to be prepped for the second coming of Dr. J himself.
Scroll down for detailed photos, hear us discuss these releases on the latest podcast below, and when. you’re ready to cop, head to Converse.com to grab your favorite pairs.
More about this release from Converse:
Formed in 1967, the ABA (American Basketball Association) made its presence known in the world of professional hoops. With the introduction of the three-point line, a flashier style of play, and a patriotic-colored basketball, the league served as the perfect canvas for the expressive game of the high-flying Julius “Dr.” Erving.
The Converse ABA capsule will be available beginning November 12 at Converse.com and select global retailers with prices ranging from $85 to $120.
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BTW, The ABA did not invent the 3 point shot.