Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Big 3: Summer 3-on-3 Half-Court for Retired Pros

Most readers of this blog have probably come across a telecast or other reference to the new Big 3 league, featuring former pros such as Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, and Mike Bibby playing half-court games of 3-on-3. If you haven't already seen the court design, there are at least two things that will jump out at you: a professional-quality hardwood floor built specifically for half-court play (I've never seen one before), and the four-point shot area. OK, click here to take a look.

The Big 3's eight teams are not linked to cities, but rather have nicknames such as 3's Company, 3 Headed Monster, and Killer 3's. Each Sunday from late June to late August (except for the title game, to be held on Saturday, August 26), the league touches down in a different city, in barnstorming fashion. All eight teams appear on the same bill in a given city, playing a quadruple header.

Opening night in Brooklyn and Week 2 in Charlotte both used a court with the out-of-bounds area and key painted gray, so this may be the standard look for the whole season. It might have been nice to keep the design the same, for example, in terms of what is painted in and what is not, but use a different theme color in each city.

For further information, see the Big 3's Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kent State: Flash of Genius or Flash in the Pan

Via the usual sources, the Kent State Golden Flashes have added circular lightning bolts around the center-circle at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Here's the previous court, without the bolts. And here's a prototype Kent State court tweeted by a design firm, which the university did not adopt.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Watercolor Design Inside Three-Point Arcs in Women's ACC Tourney

I just came across the pink-green-light blue watercolor-type design inside the three-point arcs at the ACC women's tournament in Myrtle Beach/Conway, South Carolina. It turns out this floor goes back a year, to when the event was held in Greensboro, North Carolina. This article features a schematic of the court. Very colorful, but without overwhelming the visual sense!

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.