- In-season tournament courts were designed similar to Nike ‘City Edition’ jerseys
- Fans at home were not a fan of the colors that are causing viewers pain
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The NBA’s first day of the in-season tournament is truly making an impression on the fans – just not one that the league may have hoped.
In an effort to differentiate from the regular season, each team will be playing on a specially designed court that aligns with the look of their latest Nike ‘City Edition’ jerseys.
But the courts took a massive left turn away from any tradition – going for bright and bold colors that certainly generated some form of reaction.
Some teams, like Memphis, Milwaukee, and Orlando were able to use more subtle colors like grey and tan.
But other teams like Oklahoma City, Indiana, and Chicago used colors like red and bright blue.
Above are just three examples of the in-season tournament courts the NBA is using
Fans had mostly negative reactions to these creations – saying that they were unnecessary and just plain bad.
‘The effort going into making these “in-season tournament” games special is strange. Did the courts really need to be redone?’ wrote NESN sports betting analyst Claudia Bellofatto.
‘These NBA In-Season Tournament courts are god awful… [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver has lost his mind,’ wrote another user.
‘Bruh these NBA courts are an eye sore. [Former NBA commissioner] David Stern is rolling in his grave right now. This whole NBA in-season tournament is a bad concept,’ another user said.
‘These NBA in-season tournament courts are HIDEOUS,’ wrote Barstool Sports’ Steven Cheah.
NBA fans reacted negatively to these court designs, with one calling them th
Another user said, ‘These NBA In-Season Tournament courts are possibly the worst thing to ever happen to basketball.’
The in-season tournament is being run in a similar style to a soccer competition – where tournament games are woven into the regular season.
There are six five-team groups; teams play the other four teams in their group once. The six group winners make the quarterfinals, as will a pair of wild-card teams — the two best second-place finishers from the groups.
Quarterfinal games are December 4 and 5 at higher seeds; the semifinals are December 7 in Las Vegas and the title game is December 9 in Las Vegas.