Prepare for graphics overload.
The NBA introduced on Monday that it’ll unveil an all-glass LED courtroom for the upcoming All-Star weekend in Indianapolis.
The social media announcement included a video mock-up of the courtroom that guarantees to show design and shade adjustments, dwell replay and video content material, stats, animations and interactive video games for followers throughout timeouts. It would additionally, in fact, embody promoting, with the mock-up selling a number of league sponsors.
The courtroom will probably be used for the All-Star weekend’s movie star recreation, abilities problem, 3-point and dunk contests and the one-on-one 3-point contest between Stephen Curry and the WNBA’s Sabrina Ionescu. It sounds just like the All-Star Sport itself will probably be performed on conventional hardwood. The announcement made no point out of the sport scheduled for Feb. 18.
The Friday and Saturday occasions main as much as the Sunday All-Star Sport will happen at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, a soccer venue that is residence to the NFL’s Colts. The Sunday recreation will probably be performed at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, residence of the Indiana Pacers.
As for the way the floor performs, the league guarantees that it will not differ from a conventional wooden courtroom. Govt vice chairman for basketball operations Joe Dumars addressed the topic whereas discussing the glass courtroom with the Related Press.
“What does it really feel like? Does it have traction? Does it have give? These have been the questions that got here to thoughts straight away once you hear about this courtroom,” Dumars mentioned. “They usually have been answered to our satisfaction.”
As for any security considerations about enjoying basketball on a glass courtroom, there apparently are none. The courtroom made by German firm ASB GlassFloor has been used earlier than. FIBA’s used the identical design for occasions since 2022. This is a have a look at one in use from the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup:
The courtroom consists of two five-millimeter layers of security glass. Per AP, Dumars and NBPA consultant Andre Iguodala each experimented with the courtroom and are happy with its security and the way it performs.
Whether or not that is the way forward for the NBA courtroom is but to be seen. The All-Star weekend debut, by all appearances, is a check case.