Friday, February 10, 2017

Corporate Logos on NBA D-League Courts

I've recently started noticing corporate logos being used as the primary center-circle design for some NBA Development League courts. Apparently, I'm about two years late to the story, which was reported here in November 2014.

One of these courts is at Dr. Pepper Arena (Frisco, Texas), home of the Dallas Mavericks-affiliated Texas Legends. The midcourt logo here apparently has changed a few times, including one for Hewlett-Packard (circa 2010) and its present Dr. Pepper emblem.

The other arena is the Westchester County Center, home to the Westchester Knicks. Its floor features a Chase banking/finance logo (additional images here).

A third D-League venue I discovered with a corporate logo is the DeltaPlex Arena, home to the Grand Rapids Drive. The logo for Michigan's Chemical Bank adorns this hardwood.

Perhaps there are others. I certainly prefer to see team logos at the center-circle, but corporate imagery seems to have an inevitability in gaining greater exposure on basketball uniforms and courts.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New "Solid-State" Court at Nevada (Reno)

With schools such as Illinois, Nebraska, and Ohio State exemplifying the recent trend of depicting the shape of the home state through subtle shadings of shellac, there is at least one place that has implemented a new design with a state shape in solid color. It is the University of Nevada (Reno), whose home game today against Fresno State I caught a glimpse of on the CBS Sports Network (cable).

The court features a large grey shape of Nevada at midcourt, with a blue outline. Inside the shape appears an arched "NEVADA" wordmark, above a wolf logo (the team is known as the Wolfpack). An article containing visual images of the new court is available here.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Louisiana-Lafayette's New Oregon-Like Court

Via the usual sources, Louisiana-Lafayette has unveiled a new floor design invoking scenes of the outdoors, like Oregon's court. According to this article (with photo), the ULL floor "features a silhouette of Cypress Lake" on campus. Here's a time-lapse video of the court's design being applied and here's a picture of the real Cypress Lake for comparison.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Toronto's NBA Throwback Court

Via Uni-Watch, the Toronto Raptors did more than wear throwback uniforms against the visiting New York Knicks last night; the Air Canada Centre also featured a throwback court, in recognition of the Toronto Huskies franchise (1946-47). Game highlights are available here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Uni-Watch's 2016-17 Preview

Uni-Watch's annual college hoops preview naturally concentrates on uniforms. However, it also includes a good number of new floor designs. We continue to see city-skyline imagery being added to courts, along with shellac-filled areas inside the three-point arc. I would say South Carolina has the most toned-down new court (having removed the huge-lettered school name), with Santa Clara sporting the busiest new design. Thanks to Matt Rachmiel, as always, for keeping me posted on some of these changes.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Uni Watch 2016-17 NBA Preview Includes New Court Designs

The Uni Watch NBA Preview documents changes in court design, as well as in uniforms. One thing to note is that the proposed design revision for the Cavaliers' court has been put on hold.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Utah Jazz Downplay Music-Note Motif

Via the usual sources, the Jazz's court has switched from this in 2015-16 to this in 2016-17. The team also seems to be emphasizing purple and gold, at the expense of green. A purple-and-gold identity would be a great idea, except that another, older NBA franchise has already solidified that color scheme in the public mind!