History Made & In The Making – Julius “Dr. J” Erving

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February 10, 2011

Pioneering Athlete Julius “Dr. J” Erving


Converse celebrates pioneering athlete Julius “Dr. J” Erving who has made a major impact on basketball both on and off the court. It is inspired by his amazing career and the iconic moments that altered the course of sports history. For Erving, that moment was unifying the ABA and NBA ushering in a new era of offense with his foul line dunk during the ‘76 ABA All-Star Dunk Contest, and his “Rock the Baby” dunk during the ’83 NBA Finals.

In celebration of the 35th year-anniversary of Black History Month, Nike, Converse and Jordan Brand came together on the hardwood to unveil special designed shoes that various top NBA athletes wore on court on Monday, January 17, 2011.

In addition, Converse is releasing a new limited-edition Black History Month 2011 Star Player EV inspired by the one of the most iconic and pioneering athletes – Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

Special Design Star Player EV Unveiled

To symbolize the legacy, the collection highlights:

· Modern Gold to represent the championship call to greatness.

· Historic Black to recall the black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers commonly worn by basketball pioneers from the ’20s through the ’60s; bestowing black sneakers with a magical aura.

· Black African-American Handcraft to celebrate classic African-American art.

The Converse Star Player EV will be available in extemely limited quantities at Converse specialty stores in Boston and NYC, select retailers nationwide, and on Converse.com beginning February 11th, 2011

Comments (33)
  • doug jones still waiting on the dr j's were can u buy them. plz til me or did they even make them. Fri May 11, 2012
  • vernon hooker hello,I am a 50 yrs. old man living in the Baltimore area still playing ball. A big fan of Dr.J 2k11 pro leather white red and black shoe.Where can I buy a pair of size 11.5 at in my area. Mon Apr 09, 2012
  • Carlos Martinez I have the LA colors . You need to keep making the leather Dr J sneakers there is no better sneaker on the market Sun Feb 05, 2012
  • buzzy love basketball school I am a player wear nothing but converse shoes,now I'm looking for converse hats,(baseball type all colors)and (slids) I live in tennessee will buy the star player EV's, just let me know were I can get them GREW UP WITH DR.J'S GAME Sun Feb 05, 2012
  • travis Yo how can i get those? Tue Jan 24, 2012
  • Shack Bring back the original Dr. J converses. Fri Dec 23, 2011
  • Shack PLEASE, bring back the real DR. J's for converse lovers such as myself!!! Fri Dec 23, 2011
  • tonpaj BRING BACK THE DR. J PRO LEATHER BASKETBALL SHOES ITS THE BEST..... Sat Dec 17, 2011
  • Ted Limousines......... Tue Dec 13, 2011
  • C L Smoove Yo... I, like every single hoop-head out here have been down with Dr. J ever since I could remember being told about who he is... I had my original Converse "Dr. J's" the White with the Red *>, still looking for another pair to this day. The pair that are being featured are cool... I'd rock them no doubt. I am now one of those that can brag about meeting Dr. J also, he is a very "smooth, cool,"brotha just like he appears on T.V. anywhere in the world. Thanks Julius "Dr. J." Erving for blessing the world with your GOD given talent with a basketball. You are "the TRUTH" Tue Nov 29, 2011
  • Raymond I bought the red and white leather Dr J's The cost $35.00 Dolares I think this was about 1976 Puerto Rico Mon Nov 28, 2011
  • Marco polo When is the release date ill by two pair .... are they bball shoes too or just for show Thu Nov 24, 2011
  • Capt. Thomas, U.S.M.C. I love the originals and wish they would sell those once again.....They were so AWESOME!!!!! And if anyone knows where I can buy a pair, please let me know.... Thank you.... Wed Oct 26, 2011
  • Slim Wicked shoe!! When will it be sold on the market? Fri Oct 21, 2011
  • Eric Yo all those new shoes are plenty nice. I'm hyped on the old school Dr J (Red one he wore when he did work in Philly) and the top ten converse (ones Dean Smith had in UNC) they need to bring those back for a min i'm sure they would sell big time. Fri Sep 09, 2011
  • Alex(: LEGIT Fri Sep 02, 2011
  • dora yo the shose are really nice i would wear them for every thing Mon Aug 08, 2011
  • Patreece I LOVE THEM......I would so ROCK them!!!!! Thu Aug 04, 2011
  • Bro-bigger The shoe is hot! 1976 I went to Dr.J's summer camp. I had sent plenty of night watching the Nets on WOR-CH9 play the ABA's best. He was one of my biggest influences in my younger years. I got a chance to ask him a question that summer and at 12 yrs old, I had no idea at the time he was taking about. I asked him what else did he want to accomplish in life other than basketball? He said he wanted to win the Nobel Peace prize. Deep! Fri Jul 29, 2011
  • Kenny Wyse I am old school! One of the top five B-ball players in Berkeley, California in 1969. I remember my first pair of Converse All Stars (White Hi Tops) I had to beg my mother for $10.78, so I could buy them from the local hardware store. She gave me the money and I ran so eight blocks to cop them. I came home and sat them on the dresser, sat on my bed and looked at them for hours. I only wore them on game day, wrecked shop!!!! Where can I buy the Black History EV joints NOW!!!! Sun Jul 24, 2011
  • Zoe Do you think girls could rock these shoes? Fri Jul 15, 2011
  • Moe have to agree with Coz, the pro leather was THE shoe the old heads played in. Best basketball shoe ever! The shoe does scream of Julius (and most other GREATS). It screams basketball and everyone who really knows how to play it. It was a WORK shoe--- it wasn't paraded around the mall. You saved it for GAMEDAY! Being from NC, if you had a pair of Carolina blue ones, you were a god! Pro leather should be available BIG TIME, but I'm sure the guys from Oregon say no. Thu Jul 14, 2011
  • Coz I personally don't like the shoe and I can't understand how Converse can pay tribute to "The Doctor" and not offer the shoe that he made famous in their line up. BRING BACK THE PRO LEATHER HI! The best all around basketball shoe ever made. That shoe should never go out of production... it says "Dr.J." and "Dr.J says CONVERSE" .... period. Tue Jul 05, 2011
  • tony valente sweet! hot shoe. Wed Jun 22, 2011
  • Greg Garnes Hello Jules, It:s been a very long time since weve seen each other. I'm going to take u back a little bit to our HS.in Roosevelt, u played on the varsity team and i played on the jv team. We used to walk to school together, u lived on Pleasant Ave & i lived on Ellison Ave. Maybe u remember eating at my grandmother home many times. U should remember her, she was known by everyone as Motherdear Grant. My cousin played with u on the varsity team and the other four, His name was Charles Hines & the other 3 were George Green, Tommy Taylor & Ralph Burgess. Remember Mr. Mosley & Mr. Gaither. We both have a neutral friend & brother name Charles Jones who resided on Powell St. I now reside in Delray Bch, Fl. It would be nice to here from u or 2 see u again. And may God Bless U in good health. My # is 561-856-0051 Thu Jun 16, 2011
  • southeast OMG!!!, GOT TO HAVE THAT SHOE, WHEN I WAS YOUNG THE DOCTOER J SHOE WAS NUMBER 1 ( BUT MY MOM BOUGHT ME SHOE 2 FOR 7 DOLLAR TENNIS FROM THE SAFEWAY. DAMM!! ) Sat Jun 11, 2011
  • Amaury Ricardo Vasquez, Jr. I like it very much...I'll be proud to wear one... It's an innovation from the classic to future one and still w/ the touch of the old one. More power!!! Fri Jun 03, 2011
  • Rock Those are HOOOOOTTTT!!!!!! I TRIED TO BUY THM IN NYC THEY WERE OUT I NEED THOSE. Wed Jun 01, 2011
  • Kdrayton Man those joints are hard....Just us old heads would understand!!! Tue May 31, 2011
  • Some Younguy The Dr. was by far the most influential player of all time. Afro, incredible dunks, swagger, excellent demeaner and a love for the game like none other makes him an icon of the game. Ask MJ who he respected the most and he would tell you the same thing. Dr J started the innovative dunks that we see today on a regular basis. MJ, Kobe, LeBron, Vince Carter and all of todays great players pay homage to him as they should. He was by far the initiater of the "highlite reel", and "posterizing". Enough said, Dr. J RULES! Mon May 30, 2011
  • Andre don't make it Wed May 25, 2011
  • Andre that is not a pretty shoe....Dr. J would not approve...and he would not wear...bring back the one he wore in 1976 Wed May 25, 2011
  • jhordan dem mugs raw i think i will wear them 4 my basketball season Wed May 25, 2011
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