The same company that constructed the Boston Celtics' famed parquet floor, and constructs basketball courts for NCAA Regionals and Final Fours, has built a new court that will be used by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Connor Sport Court International began working on the new Ford Center floor soon after it was announced the NBA team was relocating from Seattle. The company, based in Salt Lake City, has been waiting on the nickname so the court could be painted.
"The court will be delivered by Oct. 20,” said Jeff Morton, Connor's marketing manager. "The last process is painting the logo. We've already produced the floor. It's been sanded and ready to be painted.”
Thunder management chose Connor after seeing the company's floor last year at the NCAA women's Midwest Regional held in March at the Ford Center.
"The Thunder went with our Power Guard pad, a resilient pad with a plastic encasement,” said Ron Cerny, president and CEO of Connor Sport Court. "It gives the best possible shock-absorption to the player.”
The 6,720-square foot maple court, built to NBA specifications, was constructed at the company's mill in Amasa, Mich. Once the floor has been painted and cured, it will be delivered on flatbed trucks to Oklahoma City.
Buy why does it take six weeks?
"It has to cure,” Morton said.