Friday, August 22, 2008

Hornets unveil new court

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 8:06 PM

click to enlarge fleur de bee center court

You thought the uniform change was it, huh? Nope, the "Hornets Rebirth" is more than just selling jerseys, it's also about selling seats (and re-branding the franchise and looking to the future and blah blah blah). That's why the Hornets unveiled their new basketball court today. Personally, I might even like this better than the new unis. No Hugo to be found on the court, just the Fleur de Bee and the NOLA logos, along with "New Orleans Hornets" in the new font along both baselines.

Chad Shinn also talked briefly with reporters and I got him to clarify the team's statement that they are cutting ties with the past and if they really mean they're cutting ties with Oklahoma City.

 "You could definitely say that [the Hornets are cutting ties with Oklahoma City], that's a good way to put it" he said."But I just think pinstripes in general are very classy, it's a very good look. New Orleans is very unique town and we were the first team to ever have stripes."

More quotes about jerseys and pics of the new court after the jump:

Chad also discussed if there's any though being put into putting the "NOLA" logo on an alternate jersey or bringing back the gold one.

"There's all kinds of things going on," he said. "We got a Mardis Gras uniform we're going to wear a couple of times this year and we got a Bucs jersey we'll be wearing. In the next few years we'll try and incorporate a third jersey."

A clarification, when Chad said they'll be wearing "a Bucs jersey" he's talking about the New Orleans ABA team, the Buccaneers.

click to enlarge full court shot

click to enlarge NOLO logo

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