Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks NBA In-Season Tournament Courts Dislike
The NBA's new in-season tournament courts are getting mixed reviews from players, but they're here to stay for now.
The NBA has introduced new, colorful, striped courts as part of its in-season tournament, and they have been the subject of much discussion. However, not everyone is pleased with the new courts. Following a game on the Pelicans' Mardi Gras-themed in-season tournament court, some members of the Dallas Mavericks expressed their dissatisfaction with the floor. Luka Doncic, in particular, criticized the court for being slippery and having inconsistent ball bounce. The Mavericks had previously chosen not to play on their own in-season tournament court due to manufacturing errors and defects.
Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd also voiced his concerns with the new courts, stating that they are difficult to watch on TV and that the league may have gone too far with them. However, he emphasized that the court was not the reason for the team's loss. New Mavericks forward Grant Williams, while acknowledging the potential of the new courts, suggested that adjustments be made in the future, offering his own design ideas.
Despite the players' criticisms, the new courts will remain in place for the duration of this year's in-season tournament. Tim Hardaway Jr. expressed understanding that the situation is beyond their control, and that ultimately, "basketball is basketball." The players' feedback will be valuable in refining these new courts for future tournaments.