Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Uni-Watch's Annual College-Basketball Design Article (2017-18)

Uni-Watch has published its annual article detailing changes in college-basketball teams' uniforms and floor designs. There are a lot more photos of courts than I remember seeing in previous years. The change I'm most excited about is Cal getting rid of its ginormous Golden Bear logo, in favor of the traditional cursive "Cal" at center-court.

Also, if you click here and then scroll down to where it says "ESPN Reminders," you'll get an addendum to the new college uniform and floor designs.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Bucks Using Replica of "Mecca" Court in 50th Anniversary Throwback Game

The Bucks' throwback court has one player on the visiting Boston Celtics snapping photos of the interesting design and another expressing safety worries.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Xavier REMOVES City-Skyline Background

A few entries down, I wrote about DePaul becoming the latest school to feature a city-skyline background (in this case, of Chicago) on its court. Now, via Uni-Watch and Matt Rachmiel, comes word that Xavier will have a new floor that no longer includes the Cincinnati skyline. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a university basketball court has removed a skyline.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Uni-Watch 2017-18 NBA Preview (Courts as Well as Uniforms)

Uni-Watch's annual NBA preview includes not just uniform changes, but also those to floor designs. In particular, the new courts for the Cavaliers (with a shield-type logo at center-court) and 76ers (with the "76" painted directly onto the hardwood rather than embedded inside a white basketball) look very sharp and distinctive to me.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Impromptu Court at U. of Minnesota for WNBA Lynx Postseason

If you didn't catch any of this season's WNBA playoff games hosted by the Minnesota Lynx, including last night's exciting championship-decider between the Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks, then you missed an impromptu floor combining one team's color and design scheme for the main, in-bounds playing surface and another's for the surrounding out-of-bounds area.

According to this St. Paul Pioneer Press article, "The Lynx were... at [the University of Minnesota's] Williams Arena this postseason because Target Center’s renovations weren’t yet complete and Minnesota had to evacuate Xcel Energy Center – the team’s original home this summer – because the [National Hockey League's] Wild were set to start training camp."

As a result, you had solid-painted keys and the Golden Gophers' large angular midcourt "M" in maroon with yellow trim, framed by a bold rectangle in the Lynx's shade of blue. The court appears in the game highlights here. For an impromptu court, I don't think it looked too bad.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sacramento Kings to Use Three Court Designs (Primary and Two Alternates)

Via Uni-Watch, the Sacramento Kings will have a different floor -- three in total -- to match whatever home uniform they're wearing in a particular game.

Friday, September 8, 2017

DePaul Joins Skyline Club, Wichita St. Spruces Up

Via the usual sources...

To mark DePaul basketball's return to the city of Chicago (although not the school's Lincoln Park neighborhood) after nearly 40 years at the Rosemont Horizon/Allstate Arena, the floor at the new Wintrust Arena will feature the Chicago skyline.

Other schools with the home city's skyline on their courts include:
The Sun Belt Conference's tournament court has included the New Orleans skyline.

The NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers used to sport the city's skyline on their court.

Am I missing any?

On a separate matter, here's a time-lapse video of Wichita State sprucing up its floor to recognize its new membership in the American Athletic Conference and put the title "Devlin Court" on the floor.