Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sacramento Kings' New Court

Via Matt Rachmiel, Uni-Watch provides links to both a photo of the Sacramento Kings' new court and a slideshow of Kings' courts since they've been in Sacramento. I've never liked the Kings' purple and black color scheme, as the purple seemed too similar to the colors of divisional rivals the Lakers and Suns. I like the red, white, and blue colors of the Kings' forerunner, the Cincinnati Royals, although Cincy's floor was nothing special. The franchise goes even further back, as the Rochester Royals, but that was well before my time.

Friday, August 19, 2016

UW-Milwaukee Tones Things Down

Via the usual sources, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (which just goes by "Milwaukee" in the athletic realm) has changed its basketball-floor design near the baskets. Previously, the rectangle for the key was solid black and the semicircle at the top of the key, solid yellow (shown in this video, around the 2:00 mark).

Now, the rectangles and semicircles will be empty, giving the floor a simpler look. I like it. The yellow-gold Panther claws are also a nice new touch, in my view, noticeable but not too overwhelming.

Monday, August 15, 2016

2016 Rio Olympics Basketball Floor

The floor for this year's Olympic basketball play is fairly conventional -- only the center-circle, keys, and out-of-bounds area are painted. The dominant color is a bright green, which I find kind of soothing. Here's a close-up of the center-circle. My only quibble is that the logo is fairly small and perhaps difficult to read at a distance. It could have been bigger and still fit within the circle.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Southeastern Louisiana Goes for New Court Design After Old Floor Flooded

Via the usual sources, Southeastern Louisiana will have a new floor design this season. The court with the prior design was flooded last spring, so rather than reproduce the old design on the new hardwood, the school has opted for a new scheme. The Lion logo on the new court looks pretty understated to me and I wonder how well it will show up in person and on television.

Friday, July 1, 2016

St. Bonaventure Changes a Few Things Up

Via the usual sources, St. Bonaventure is making some changes to its court. Here's the old and the new. There will be a new logo at center-court, plus each of the two areas between a key and three-point arc will be painted in a darker shade of shellac than before.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Youngstown State Latest to Add Large Logo

Via the usual sources, Youngstown State will embed a large shellac penguin behind the letter "Y" at midcourt. The previous design can be seen in this YouTube video. The move away from a cartoonish penguin is on a par with Minnesota's removal of Goldy Gopher circa 2010-2011.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

New Jersey Swamp Dragons?

Supposedly, the Nets franchise, still back in New Jersey, once entertained the idea of changing the team's name to the Swamp Dragons. Click here for an ESPN.com article on the alleged possible name-change. About halfway down in the article is a rendering of what the Swamp Dragons' court would have looked like. It kind of grabs you.