The revamped franchise Sean Marks, Brooklyn Nets general manager, has helped create did away with its black and white staple court this week.
The Nets unveiled on Twitter Monday a sneak peek of its new air gray court inspired by all five Boroughs of New York. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the court’s gray staple embraces the city’s blacktop streets, Brooklyn’s “industrial vibe” and also pays homage to the Brooklyn Grays, otherwise known as the Brooklyn Dodgers. The team will continue to wear the Brooklyn Dodgers jersey throughout the season.
The sleek typeface along the baseline spelling out “Brooklyn Nets” is the font used on the New York subways along with a black and white “subway tile pattern that run(s) across the apron perimeter.” The NBA says the all-gray court is the first of its kind.
Fans can expect the glossy gray hardwood to be easily seen on television broadcasts and a hint of the old court to peak through. The NBA pushed for the court not to be too dark so the herringbone pattern can still be seen. There were reports that the Nets had a Plan B if the league didn’t approve the design.
“We were prepared to present a more traditional option as Plan B in case the NBA was not as receptive,” Steve Vollmer, the Nets’ creative director told ESPN. “But we were all-in on gray.”
The team says it went through many phases of reaching the right gray with the first draft of the court arriving on Aug.13, which proved to be too light. Last Wednesday, the final version of the court arrived.
With the additions of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan, and the display of the new court with reflections of the city the Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves as the team of New York.