Posted by Mark Schwab, Sports Reporter/Anchor - email
First a name change, followed by a new team uniforms. Now, it's a new court design for the Charlotte Hornets.
The floor is a honeycomb that has a parquet-type flooring, with the free throw line in a dark purple, with the out-of-bounds borders are teal, with the words "Charlotte Hornets" written in each baseline. The team logo is the centerpiece at the middle of the court.
"When we look at our primary logo in the center, it depicts how we want to play as a team with the fierceness, the tenacity and a sense of protect this place," Hornets president and CEO Fred Whitfield said. "We wanted a classic design and to keep it clean."
They wanted it to be simple but memorable.
"We thought that would give us our identity and be recognizable all over the country," Whitfield said.
"I think it's simple, yet elegant," he said. "I think they are doing a great job of giving the people what they want. And they're not going over the top with it." Charlotte reserve point guard Jannero Pargo said.
The name and look is very similar to the past when the team led the NBA in attendance eight straight seasons in the 1980's and 90's. Whitfield said, "We want to do everything we can to make sure this arena has the same sort of feel, the same sort of energy, the old 'Hive' had," he said. "I think our players will be energized when they see this court every night."