Report: The NBA rejected the Celtics’ request to use parquet for the in-season tournament originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
An important part of the Boston Celtics’ image has always been the surface on which they play – parquet. Thanks to Wood shortage after the Second World WarWhen the Celtics joined the Basketball Association of America in 1946, they looked for ways to cut costs, which led to the unique use of a parquet floor, on which the Celtics have played every home game since then – to this day.
With the introduction of the NBA’s new in-season tournament, teams were given new floor designs to show that the games being played were tournament games. Since all the fields had the same two-tone pattern with a few individual branding elements, Boston’s home field lacked the all-important parquet.
The Celtics reportedly asked the NBA to install a parquet painted design in the median, but were denied. Steve Bulpett of Heavy Sports reported on Friday evening.
The Celtics’ new court design, used only for in-season tournament games, follows the design of their new City Edition jersey: primarily green with a tan stripe down the middle of the court, from basket to basket, and a ” “Boston “ lettering logo on the center court. It also bears the signature of Red Auerbach and the number 6 in honor of the late Bill Russell.
Russell himself even commented on the importance of the floor 2000 interview with the New York Times.
“It was unique because it looked like no other ground,” Russell said. “But the most important thing about the ground was that teams found it distracting.” And that was fine. It was part of our legend to kick everyone’s ass.”
The Celtics start their in-season tournament run on Friday evening against the Brooklyn Nets. a team they beat earlier in the seasonwhich will be the franchise’s first home game in history without a floor.