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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander signs with Converse

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is taking his talents to Converse. This morning, the former Kentucky and current Oklahoma City Thunder star announced he has signed a multi-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal with the classic sneaker brand, which is also repped by Draymond Green and Kelly Oubre Jr. Shai signed a deal with Nike before the 2018 NBA Draft, but told ESPN he made the switch to Converse so he can showcase his creativity.

“The exclusiveness of the brand, not having so many guys, and the ability to express myself on and off the court in so many different ways appeals to me so much,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I saw some of the stuff that Kelly [Oubre Jr.] was doing and how he was able to express his personality and his vibe through his shoes. I thought it was dope.”

Converse announced the news with this video on Twitter:

Shai will begin wearing the brand at the Orlando restart, specifically the Converse All-Star Pro BB Low 950, a modernized design of Julius Erving’s original Pro Leather from the 1970s bearing the “Star Chevron” logo. He plans to wear a variety of colorways, but — warning — one of them is Carolina (and OKC Thunder) blue.

Converse first rose to fame in the 1970s with Erving and in the 1980s with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Sam Bowie wore them during his days at UK, as did Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum in this iconic ad:

Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe Shai can resurrect Kentucky’s denim unis?

Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

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8 Comments for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander signs with Converse

  1. Dustin Rumbaugh
    11:32 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

    He looks extremely excited to be a part of the Converse team. lol. Kinda weird because he was always a “smiler” on the court. Show those pearly whites Shai!!

    • lizard king
      3:21 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      He is oppressed

  2. bigblue98
    12:34 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Bring back the converse weapons!!!

  3. Wilfred Smith
    12:53 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Old folks will remember…

    Sutton brought UK to Nike. Fans were apoplectic. Roger Harden’s father worked for Converse and he was allowed to continue wearing them.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:19 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Those Dunks looked GREAT though. I still have mine on a shelf along with some other UK stuff.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    4:20 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Converse is owned by Nike now. I didn’t realize the signed guys to the Converse brand. Interesting.

    • J. Did
      5:50 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Yip. Back in the day, leather Converse were awesome shoes. Nike sucked. It has been a while; hopefully Converse did not deteriorate in quality and Nike improved.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:40 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Also, the canvas All*Stars will ALWAYS be a classic. I remember in the 80s when they came out with different colors of high-tops and they got hot again for a while.