The Brooklyn Nets are unveiling what is believed to be the first gray basketball court in NBA history for the 2019-20 season.

Brooklyn's court was already viewed as one of the more aesthetically-pleasing surfaces in the league, featuring a herringbone wood design and a simple yet unique black and white color scheme. The new court, which features a two-tone gray design, will be the first of its kind:

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Brooklyn's new design is meant to emulate a blacktop court, similar to the ones in and around the city. Other design elements feature an enlarged variant of the team's logo at half court, as well as a dashed line of tiles around the perimeter, which is an homage to the borough's subway system.

Jeff Gamble, who serves as the Nets' vice president of content and creative, admitted there was some hesitation in changing an already-beautiful design. In the end, though, organizational leaders were all-in on the new color scheme.


“There was some impetus to refresh things but also some hesitation,” says Jeff Gamble, the team's vice president of content and creative. “We were nervous about messing it up. We have seen court designs that have fallen on their face.”

The court isn't the only thing changing for the Nets, as the team added Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the offseason. Durant, however, is expected to miss much (if not all) of this campaign, as he is still recovering from an Achilles injury.

Brooklyn finished the 2018-19 season with a 42-40 overall record, which earned the team a No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Unfortunately, though, the Nets were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round, 4-1.