ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When I was a kid going to Atlanta Hawks games, one year the Hawks announced they would be installing a new, state-of-the-art (at the time) scoreboard. My obvious question was, What would they do with the old scoreboard? Would they throw it away? If it was outdated, what good was it?
A few weeks back we talked about how the Milwaukee Bucks were getting a new basketball court this season, complete with a cool retro design (as pictured above). Since then, there have been a few problems — they installed the new court and nobody could stay upright on it, so much so that a preseason game was canceled. So until they get the grip issues figured out, they’re sticking with the old court.
But once the old court is finally retired, what will the Bucks do with the court? My main man Zach Lowe at Grantland discovered something cool in the works: Bucks center Zaza Pachulia is trying to buy the court to donate to a basketball school back in his native Georgia. As Lowe details…
Pachulia plans to donate the old floor to the basketball academy Martve, in Tbilisi, Georgia, where Pachulia learned the game as a kid. (Toko Shengelia of the Nets also played there growing up.) Pachulia began playing there about 20 years ago, and when he went back last summer to conduct a youth clinic, he was surprised to find the same floor, he says. “It’s in really bad shape,” says Pachulia, who hasn’t yet told the school he will be supplying a new floor at some point.
And as Zaza adds…
“This is my dream,” Pachulia says. “I want to make this happen. It would be really exciting for me, and for the kids in Georgia, to have a chance to play on an NBA floor. So many superstars have played on that court, from the Bucks and other teams.”
Best of luck to Zaza. And just another example of why Zaza is one of the best people in the NBA.