In today's Old School Design, I wanted to take a look at one of my favorite old school players, Julius Erving. The Doctor was not only an innovator on the court, but was also the poster child for 1970's sports style and design. Nobody can forget the image of Dr. J flying to the hoop in the ABA with that trademark afro. His look with the Nets in the ABA was a thing of beauty. This classic Sports Illustrated cover features the Doctor in his ABA days with the New York Nets driving past a Denver Nuggets player who is sporting a great retro ABA look. I can't get enough of that classic ABA red, white and blue basketball.
This cover is from a 1974 issue. The image of Dr. J captures all that made him a dynamic on-court magician and a player with great style. The classic New York Nets uniform, colored kneepads, striped socks and classic shoes give the Doctor his legendary look. This image captures his signature playing style as well as his signature fashion style.
In 1976, the Doctor brought his signature look and style to the NBA, when the New York Nets joined the NBA along with the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers after the demise of the ABA. The Doctor injected the NBA with a great dose of the style and flair that made the ABA so great and the rest is basketball history. His Hall of Fame basketball career speaks for itself, but my appreciation of Dr. J is also rooted in the classic style he brought to the court.