Horner Flooring helps propel NBA Restart

Orlando, FL – Amidst the global pandemic that has compelled daily routine changes, rescheduled trips, and cancellations of major sporting events, the NBA prepared a safe and efficient way to finish out the 2019-20 season. Strict protocols were set in place for the restart, which set to begin on July 30, 2020 in Orlando, FL. As players began entering the NBA bubble, a strict quarantine along with testing requirements were enforced before practices were held. During a time where everything seemed to come to a halt, the NBA organization successfully produced a safe environment for the players, coaches, and referees to bring basketball back into our everyday lives—during a time we needed it most.

Horner Floors in the Bubble

As the NBA planned practice schedules that would eliminate contact between teams, a total of 15 practice floors and 3 broadcast floors were initially installed in the NBA Bubble. Horner Flooring contributed to the NBA Restart by providing 4 practice floors; all of which were previously used by NBA teams and shipped to Orlando. In addition, Horner Flooring manufactured all 3 of the new broadcast floors along with the NBA Finals floor. Following weeks of practices and scrimmages, the 2019-20 NBA season finally resumed on July 30, 2020.

Biggest Moments in the Bubble

Phoenix Suns go undefeated in the Bubble, not enough to qualify for the playoffs. One of the most-talked about teams early on in the NBA Bubble was the Suns. Going into the Bubble, the Suns had a 10,000/1 chance of winning the NBA Championship. In order to even make the playoffs, they had to go undefeated while banking on other teams to lose. The Suns were able to accomplish an undefeated Bubble performance led by Devin Booker, but the Cinderella story was cut short following a 1-point win by the Trail-Blazers over the Nets.

First-ever play-in tournament to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Because the #8 and #9 seeds in the West were within 4 games from each other, they were the first to participate in a play-in tournament. The #8 seed was the Portland Trail Blazers, and the #9 seed was the Memphis Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers, being the lower seed, had to win one game to clinch a spot in the Playoffs, where the Grizzlies had to win two in a row. Portland took the win after a close, hard-fought game to advance to the Playoffs.

Miami Heat upset Milwaukee Bucks in a short 5-game series. Perhaps the Cinderella story could be carried on by the #5 seed in the West: the Miami Heat. The young Heat team was led by veteran Jimmy Butler, who propelled the team to accomplishing a major upset against the #1 overall seed in the NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks was awarded Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, but his team came up short in adding an NBA Championship to that list.

Lebron James passes Derek Fisher for most NBA Playoff wins of all time. On September 8, 2020, the LA Lakers produced an impressive 112-102 win over the Houston Rockets, which indicated a historical moment in the NBA. Lebron James passed the NBA Playoff win record of 161 wins – previously held by Derek Fisher – with a 36 point performance.

NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs. LA Lakers. After more than a month of playoff basketball, the Los Angeles Lakers claimed the NBA Title for the 17th time in franchise history. The NBA Finals MVP award was earned by Lebron James, as he pulled off his fourth NBA Title and fourth Finals MVP award. The Lakers celebrated a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat during Game 6 of the series. October 11, 2020 marked a special day for Lakers fans, but the Championship meant more than just that. Many players, staff, and fans of the NBA made a tribute to Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, who passed away in January of this year. Kobe made a lasting impact on the Lakers organization not just because of the five championships he won and the stats he produced, but because he truly demonstrated good character and hard work with his Mamba Mentality. The 2019-20 NBA season will go down in history as the most unique one yet, with a special ending.

For years, Horner Flooring has been trusted by the NBA to manufacture quality floors that fit design requirements. This means providing NBA floors for major special events such as: the NBA All-Star game for 36 consecutive years, NBA Summer League, NBA G League, Jr. NBA, and the NBA Draft Combine. Horner Flooring puts a major emphasis on injury prevention as we manufacture our flooring systems. The NBA Bubble presented a new environment, where games were played on Horner floors just about every day. Horner Flooring’s lasting relationship with the NBA organization has shown that the highest-caliber organization trusts that our floors are produced with the athlete’s best interest in mind.

Griffin’s injuries provoke preventative actions

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Throughout Blake Griffin’s basketball career, he has endured countless injuries which have impacted his ability to stay on the court. It all started during his first year at the University of Oklahoma. As a freshman, Griffin averaged 14.7 PPG and 9.1 RPG while spraining both knees throughout the season. However, Griffin’s sophomore year of college showed much promise as he earned National Player of the Year Awards. These two years proved to be extremely impactful on the remainder of Blake Griffin’s basketball career.

griffin clippersAfter two years at the University of Oklahoma, Griffin decided to enter the 2009 NBA Draft. He was selected as the first round pick by the Clippers, where he spent 9 years before being traded to the Pistons. After being drafted by the Clippers, Griffin was named the 2009 Summer League MVP. Could this have been the beginning of a legacy? After an injury during the final preseason game in 2009 requiring surgery to the left knee, Griffin was forced to miss ~what would have been~ his Rookie Season. However, his comeback the following year granted him the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and All NBA Second Team Honors. Griffin’s path from here on looked bright, until additional injuries limited his time on the floor. He went on to suffer a torn left quadricep, right knee surgery, a toe injury, an MCL sprain, an ankle bone bruise, and another left knee surgery.

Griffin Family Performance Center

So, given Blake Griffin’s track record with sport-related injuries, he wanted to make a difference by preventing his experience from happening to others. In August of 2018, Blake Griffin and his family opened the Griffin Family Performance Center at the University of Oklahoma’s campus.outside griffin perf

Blake Griffin made a statement saying “College is a critical time in an athlete’s playing career, and it’s my honor to help give the men’s and women’s teams the resources and technology that will give them the best opportunity to succeed.” Horner Flooring was part of Griffin’s plan.

Injuries can make or break an athletes career. Not only do they cause physical distress on the body, but the mental aspect is almost just as detrimental to the athlete’s health. According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, the injury ratings during college basketball games for men and women are 8.9% and 7.7% respectively. During practice, injury rates are lower at 4.3% for men and 4.0% for women. Considering the large number of college basketball players today, thousands are affected by injuries. Blake Griffin was one of these athletes, and his efforts to minimize preventable injuries revolve around the equipment available to college teams along with the training.

A Look Inside

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Horner Flooring manufactured two small courts with built-in impact sensors used to track player performance. Aligned with Blake Griffin’s goal of preventing injury, the Zenith flooring system contains all of the qualities necessary to reduce stress on the body during impact. The innovative technology instilled in the Zenith flooring has proven it to be the most trusted sports flooring system for athletes of any age.

The Zenith System

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The Zenith System utilizes the latest computer aided design technology to achieve and surpass the MFMA’s PUR standard. The Zenith’s attributes include:

  • Computer-designed Dual-Stage Resilience
  • Highest performance with maximum dimensional stability
  • Reduced vibration
  • Most versatile multi-sport system
  • Partial blocking throughout the system

For more information about Horner Flooring’s Zenith System, visit http://www.hornerflooring.com/pdfs_brochures/bro_zenith.pdf

Jr. NBA Global Championship

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Beginning on August 6, over 350 of the top 13- and 14-year old boys and girls will participate in the Jr. NBA Global Championship. The United States will be represented by 8 boys teams and 8 girls teams who won their Regional Tournament. In addition, 8 boys and 8 girls international teams will compete from all over the world.

jr nba international picThe Jr. NBA is an incredible opportunity for young boys and girls to play against the top competition in the world in front of some NBA and WNBA players who will be in attendance. This experience allows them to not only improve their basketball skills, but it could be the stepping stone for something big. Players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Miles Bridges, Draymond Green, Candice Wiggins, Chiney Ogwumike, and many more could attest to that, as they are all alumni of the U.S. teams.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship will take place in Orlando, Florida from August 6 to August 11. A list of teams by region can be found below:

U.S Jr. NBA Teams by Region

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International Jr. NBA Boys and Girls Teams

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A quote from Dwayne Wade:

“I attended last year’s Jr. NBA Global Championship and it was incredible to witness the talent and passion displayed by boys and girls from around the world.  This event offers a unique opportunity for young players to learn about different cultures while bonding through their love of the game.”

 

NBA trades spark new dynamic duos

The NBA free-agency period has been full of surprises, and the results have fans eagerly anticipating the upcoming seasons. Many of the top players in the NBA have signed with different teams, making the power rankings unlike previous years. Teams like the Clippers, Lakers, and Rockets are expected to be some the top contenders in the league due to recent additions. Some of the best players in the NBA have joined forces to pursue a championship title, so which dynamic duo is most capable?

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to Clippers

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The Clippers had an unforeseen successful 2018-19 season, where they made the playoffs and even won a couple of games against the Warriors in the first round. In what seemed like the longest, most anticipated decision, Kawhi Leonard announced that he will be joining the Clippers, and former Oklahoma City Thunder star, Paul George, will accompany him. The addition of Kawhi Leonard, the Finals MVP who averaged 26.6 PPG, and Paul George, a talented small forward/shooting guard who averaged 28 PPG last season, is just what the Clippers need. Not only can Leonard and George produce offensively, but they have proved themselves to being some of the best defensive players in the league. The two superstars are returning to their hometown in hopes of bringing a championship to their city, but do they have enough to knock off the team next door?

Anthony Davis joins Lebron James in L.A.

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During Lebron’s first year with the L.A. Lakers, they failed to make the playoffs and finished in the bottom half of the Western Conference. However, with the addition of Anthony Davis for the 2019-20 season, it may be just what Lebron needs to find success in L.A. Through Davis’s 7 years spent in New Orleans, he received 3 NBA First-Team selections along with various All-Defensive team honors. If James and Davis learn how to play with each other while continuing to perform at the highest level, they have the capability to work their way to the top of the conference. These two number 1 draft picks are coming together to win a championship, and they have guys like DeMarcus Cousins and Kyle Kuzma to help.

Westbrook joins Harden in Houston

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After Paul George left Oklahoma City for the Clippers, there was talk about Russell Westbrook leaving as well. As of July 11, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and a few first round picks. Now, Westbrook is reunited with James Harden. The last time these two stars played together was during the years of 2009-2012, where they appeared in the NBA Finals during their last year alongside Kevin Durant. During the 2018-19 season, Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in points, rebounds, and assists. In addition, James Harden is one of the best scorers in the league, where he averaged 36.1 PPG last season. Will these two superstars be able to coexist next season?

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Nets

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Kevin Durant announced his departure from arguably one of the best teams the NBA has ever seen, leaving Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green for the Brooklyn Nets. During his time with the Warriors, Durant secured 2 NBA championships and 2 NBA Finals MVP awards in just three years. However, his unfortunate Achilles injury during the 2019 NBA Playoffs will restrict him from playing in the upcoming season with point guard Kyrie Irving. Durant may be leaving the 2 time MVP point guard, Steph Curry, but this new point guard/forward duo seems unstoppable. Unfortunately, we will have to wait another year to watch it unfold. Until then, the Nets are still capable of finding success this year with the additions of Irving and DeAndre Jordan.

 

Basketball turning global, and the proof is in the pudding.

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With the announcement of the 2019 NBA awards, there was one common factor between nearly all major award recipients; international players. The game of basketball is not only growing worldwide, but the level of play is expanding as well. During the 2018-19 NBA season, roughly 25% of players in the league were foreign-born, ranging from 42 different countries. Not only is this trend rising, but the players coming in are making a significant impact on the franchise’s they join. Four out of the five major NBA award recipients were foreign-born, and the Toronto Raptors, the only non-American team in the league, just won their first ever NBA Championship.

The league is becoming more and more competitive, and a lot of this can be attributed to the global advancements in the game of basketball. The following foreign-born award recipients played crucial roles on their teams during the 2018-19 season.

Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

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Giannis, commonly referred to as “The Greek Freak,” was born in Athens, Greece. He began his professional basketball career in Greece, until the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him in 2013 as the 15th overall pick. With his first MVP selection this year, he averaged 27.7 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 5.9 APG, all while being one of the best defensive players in the league. He lead the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001.

Rookie of the Year: Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks

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Luka Dončić was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2015, at the age of 16, he began his professional career with Real Madrid. Needless to say, he found success in the EuroLeaugue as he earned the EuroLeague MVP award in 2018 at 19 years old. He was then drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2018 as the 3rd overall pick and traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he made his NBA debut. During his first year, Dončić averaged 21.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 6.0 APG, earning him Rookie of the Year honors.

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

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Rudy Gobert was born in Saint-Quentin, France. His professional career started in 2010 with Cholet Basket, a French junior team. Gobert was drafted in 2013 by the Denver Nuggets as the 27th pick and traded to the Utah Jazz. During the 2018-19 season, he averaged 12.9 RPG and 2.3 blocks to earn him the Defensive Player of the Year award.

 

Most Improved Player: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

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Pascal Siakam, originally from Douala, Cameroon, played a pivotal role in the Toronto Raptors NBA Title. He played college basketball at New Mexico State University (2013-2016) until he was drafted as the number 27th pick by the Toronto Raptors in 2016. During the 2017-18 season, Siakam averaged just 7.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 20.7 MPG. To earn himself the Most Improved Player award, he bumped those stats up to 16.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, and 31.9 MPG during the 2018-19 season.

 

 

 

 

 

Raptors knock off NBA powerhouse to secure first NBA championship

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June 13 is a day that Toronto Raptors players, coaches, and fans will remember for a long time. On this day, the Raptors left a mark in NBA championship history by beating off the most dominant team in the past 5 years—the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have practically controlled the league for the past 5 years, appearing in 5 consecutive NBA finals with 3 championships.

So how did the Raptors knock off this NBA powerhouse to clinch their first Championship?

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Depth. One of the most evident differences between the teams was depth, and it was especially noticeable when Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were out during Game 6. Fred Vanvleet and Serge Ibaka contributed significant minutes for the Raptors coming off the bench, averaging 32.5 and 19.3 MPG, respectively. With Durant out for most of the series, there was a significant drop off between the starters and bench players in terms of productivity for the Warriors. The bottom line is that Toronto had more weapons than Golden State. The Raptors had 6 players averaging double digits throughout the series, whereas the Warriors only had 3: Curry, Thompson, and Green. 

Kawhi Leonard. Throughout each game of the NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard was the key for Toronto’s success. He averaged 28.5 PPG and 9.8 RPG in the 6 game series, scoring over 20 points every game. The consistency he displayed during the series was Kawhi mvpvital for the Raptors to knock off the defending champs, and it led him to earning his second NBA Finals MVP award. Now, the big question is…with Kawhi approaching free agency, where will he go? Will he stay in Toronto or sign with a new team?

 

 

 

 

 

3-Point Rule Change

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Men’s college basketball courts will have a new look in the upcoming seasons! The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel has decided to increase the length of the 3-point line for NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball during the upcoming season (2019-20). This rule will go into effect for NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball during the 2020-21 season. 

Dimensions: The 3-point line will be extended roughly 1′ 5.” The new distance for the 2019-20 season will be 22′ 1 ¾” at the top of the key and 21′ 7 7/8″ in the corners. Now, NCAA Men’s Division I, FIBA, and the WNBA will use the same dimensions for their 3-point lines. 

Why is the 3-point line being extended? The game of basketball has shifted its focus to behind-the-arc play now more than ever. With this, players are becoming reliant on the 3-point shot, and, in a way, some aspects of the game have been taken away. Players are constantly looking for ways to advance their game due to the competitive recruiting environment, resulting in an increase in 3-point attempts and percentage throughout college basketball.

The extension of the 3-point line will not only make the shot more challenging for players, but it will also open up driving lanes due to increased spacing. The extension will present an added dimension that could slightly alter the way the game is played.

What about NCAA Women’s Basketball? The women’s 3-point line will remain the same for all levels during the 2019-20 season, and there are no current plans to expand it.

To learn about the changes in NCAA Women’s Basketball:
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It’s Conference Finals Time!

The time has come for the 2015 NBA Eastern and Western Conference Championships! Both match-ups are between the one and two seeds, having the one seeded Atlanta Hawks take on the two-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the East and the top-ranked Golden State Warriors battling the second-ranked Houston Rockets.

All four teams haven’t won a championship since the 20th century, including the Cavs who have never hoisted the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. The Warriors haven’t seen the finals in 40 years, since their last trip in 1975 as the newly renamed Golden State Warriors. Houston, who are the most recent winners of the four, last played – and won – in 1995. The Atlanta Hawks have had the longest drought since winning their lone championship in 1958, although they came close to another victory in 1961. lebronThen there is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although LeBron James led them to the championship in 2007, the Cavs were swept by MVP Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. After the 2010 season, James decided to take his talents to South Beach and won to back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat, but eventually returned to bring back a championship to his home state of Ohio. With the finals in sight again, LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Kendrick Perkins, J.R. Smith, without the help from injured Kevin Love, are pulling out all of the stops to finally call Cleveland the home of the NBA Champions.

With Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors have taken the advantage on the Rockets with a 110-106 win with the help from MVP Stephen Curry and a smaller than average lineup. The Warriors found themselves down by 16 in the second quarter but ended the first half on a 21-4 run and entered the locker room at halftime up by three. stephcurryRunner up to Stephen Curry in the MVP race, James Harden held on with a near-triple double of 28 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, but once center Dwight Howard left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury, Harden continued to push off defeat. Eventually evening it up at 95, Steph Curry went out and proved why he was the MVP and continued to nail three pointers as the game eventually came to an end, sending the Warriors up with a 1-0 lead on the Rockets going into Game 2.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals tips off today (5/20/15) at 8:30 PM EST, with coverage on TNT.

NBA Playoff Update

The first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs is nearly complete with three teams already punching their tickets for the second round of action. While the series are coming to an end, teams are fighting their way to survive and advance.

In the West, the top-seeded Golden State Warriors took a demanding lead against the New Orleans Pelicans and ousted them from a chance at the championship 4-0. Guard Stephen Curry continued his historical season with a monumental 39 points and 9 assists in the final game.

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The second-seeded Houston Rockets’ attempt at a series sweep was denied by Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks, winning Game 4 121-109. Tip-off for Game 5 is at 8:00 PM tonight on TNT.

In a hotly-contested Game 5, the third-seeded Los Angeles Clippers evened the series with the defending champions, the San Antonio Spurs, with an outstanding performance by Chris Paul who had 34 points to help the Clippers. They will battle for the series lead again tonight at 10:30 PM ET, following the Rockets and Mavericks game.

The Portland Trailblazers narrowly avoided elimination with a memorable 32 point, 7 assist performance from Damian Lillard. The Memphis Grizzlies had a 3-0 lead on the Blazers going into Game 4, but couldn’t hold off Lillard’s strong play. The Grizzlies have a chance to advance with Game 5 in Memphis on April 29 at 9:30 PM ET on TNT.

In the East, Cleveland swept the Celtics in a scrappy Game 4, with J.R. Smith being ejected in the third quarter on a physical play against the Celtics’ Jae Crowder who didn’t return after spraining his knee on the play. Cavs forward Kevin Love left the game with a dislocated shoulder after Celtic Kelly Olynyk and Love got tangled while fighting for a loose ball. The Cavs are unsure of Love’s return in the second round, and even in the playoffs all together. 635656656136938690-USP-NBA-PLAYOFFS-CLEVELAND-CAVALIERS-AT-BOSTON-CE-72618160

Also advancing out of the East, the fifth seeded Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 125-94 to gain the series sweep. Wizard Marcin Gortat had 21 points in the win.

The top-seeded Atlanta Hawks lost to the eighth-seeded Brooklyn Nets after a monstrous 35 point, 7 assist overtime game. The series goes back to Atlanta for a pivotal Game 5 on April 29 at 7:00 PM ET on TNT.

In a thrilling Central Division match-up, the Bulls have a one game lead on the Bucks as the series heads back to Milwaukee. After a double overtime loss in Game 3, and a buzzer-beating  win for Game 4, the Bucks won and survived for one more game against the Bulls in Game 5.

As the Playoffs go on, it will be exciting to see who makes it to the 2015 NBA Finals. Only time will tell which teams has the most talent to make it all the way