Charlotte Hornets’ new court design is absolutely gorgeous

My one wish for this court was to somehow incorporate a honeycomb design into the floor. What they did was not only deliver that, but did it in a very tasteful way.

The simplicity of the sideline and baseline is really nice. The key is purple, which really balances the color. The center court logo is the primary, which is a good choice. I wish they used the crown logo instead of the Buzz City logo.

The parquet honeycomb floor is the winner here. It has staying power as a unique element that makes this team instantly recognizable just by their floor. It’s not overkill and yet it really captures the identity of this team.

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NBA fans see the Raptors’ baseline for the first time and go crazy

The baseline is tripping people out.

The Toronto Raptors have had their optical illusion baseline for a few seasons. But since they aren’t a big name team, casual fans probably have never watched a Raptors home game until today’s playoff opener.

Because of that, we saw some funny reactions on Twitter to the baseline.

https://twitter.com/Kingsheen14/status/457588182822174720

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King new center court logo inspired by knights armor

Last night, the Kings played at home with the center court logo they’ve had for several seasons. You can get a better view from this highlight package.

But as you can see from the above tweet, it appears they’re changing the center court design to their primary logo.

But wait, there’s a slight change to it. The ball has been rotated (and darkened) and the logo features a new armor-like design. Expect for the mace, the entire logo is completely changed by this new design. It kind of reminds me of Rutgers’ helmet.

It’s a nice design and I am OK with it. But if they are going with the armor look, the rest of the court should feature it too. However, judging by the photo, it appears that the only change is at center court.

SJSU basketball’s new floor design has taken Sparta to a whole new level

Our starting five are ready! #spartanstrong

A photo posted by San Jose State Spartan (@sjsuspartans) on

What do you get when you mix two wood finishes, a large center court logo that isn’t centered and an image from the movie 300? You get this!

I’m not really big on these overly designed courts. They’re only nice if it isn’t too much of a gimmick. I know that the courts of the past in the NBA in the 1990s were like this, but they added character to the team. This one does, but it’s still a little too much for me.

First of all, I never liked having two finishes to the wood. Inside the arc is real dark and the rest is a lighter finish. I would much prefer it being the light one.

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You can’t put your #hashtag on the field anymore

Remember when we first saw a #hashtag end zone? Apparently now that will no longer be allowed.

As the above article tells us, it’s going to be very restrictive in what can and can’t be shown. Despite Twitter’s ever-growing popularity, the NCAA wants to maintain a certain image and it appears that having Twitter run over the place isn’t to their liking.

Of course, a team’s official logo is much better than having a #hashtag in the end zone. It’s more official and it’s about brand recognizability. In that sense, it makes sense. But in this time of age, how much longer can NCAA avoid it before it bites them back?

The #hashtag is a recruiting tool and a way to appeal to this generation of fans. It will be back. We’ve adapted to it. NCAA can’t avoid it. Twitter is too powerful right now and I don’t see it stopping.

Mississippi State started the trend of #hashtags on the field.

Boise State’s smurf turf now becoming a bigger issue that will affect other schools

No more all blue at home for Boise State?

Recently, Boise State had been told to not wear their all blue uniform set at home so it wouldn’t confuse the opposition. With the blue turf and a team wearing all blue, they believe that could be an advantage for the Broncos.

Now they are trying to make it an official rule that the all-blue monochrome look will never be worn at home.

With this rule in place, there now will be an issue for teams that wear green. Teams like Baylor, Colorado State and Oregon will also no longer be allowed to wear monochrome green at home. They too will be forced to wear some other combination so their uniforms don’t blend in with the green turf.

This seems like a fair compromise, but is it necessary? This rule really is all about Boise State. Is it really an issue if they wear monochrome blue at home? Is it that hard to watch?

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I miss funky court designs for basketball

Click the link to check out that floor design!

Sponsorship with Mexico. That’s fine.

Adding huge logo with other sponsors on the floor. That’s fine also.

But what caught my attention is that the Mavericks logo is part of the key. The Mavericks alternate logo for their D-League team isn’t a full circle. Part of the horse’s ear sticks out but that doesn’t matter to me at all. I love designs that incorporate unique elements that we don’t see anymore.

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