State Farm All-Star Saturday, 2014

There will be some changes to the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night this year!

The NBA All-Star game will be played this Sunday, February 16th. This Saturday will be the State Farm All-Star night. The State Farm night, like the game, challenges the East and the West to compete against each other.

What does the winner get? Money for charities. After the night is over, a total of $500,000 will be given to worthy causes. Now that’s something to cheer for!

There will still be four challenges (each winner gets $100,000 for their conference’s charity, with the runner up collecting $25,000 for their charity). Each challenge team will have a current NBA and current WNBA player, as well as an NBA legend. The four challenges are:

  • Taco Bell Skills Challenge
    • Damian Lillard will become the first player to participate in three events, the other two being the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk
    • What’s new: it will be a relay race this year

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  • Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
    • Players will have one minute to make as many three point shots as they can to advance
    • What’s new: a full rack of “money balls” will be in play (which count double) and can be placed at any of the five shooting positions

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  • Sprite Slam Dunk
    • The reining champion, Terrence Ross, will compete again
    • What’s new: the winner will be the best conference, not an individual player
  • Sears Shooting Stars
    • For one West team, the NBA player will be Stephen Curry, the NBA legend will be his father, Dell Curry, and the WNBA player will be Becky Hammon

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For full details of the challenges and the full rules, visit the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night webpage. For more information on the changes, visit NBA’s Hangtime Blog.

Want to show your support for the East or West Conference or an individual All-Star? Get your NBA All-Star gear from NBA.com!

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New Partnership to become the “Official Sports Flooring Manufacturer of the Basketball Hall of Fame”

Horner Flooring has an exciting new partnership! We will be partnering with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In this 5-year agreement, we will provide the MAAC and the Hall of Fame with a Pro-King system, which may be used at several events.

MAAC Commissioner, Rich Ensor, has stated, “Presenting the MAAC and sponsor marks on a playing floor of this quality is tremendous. The joint venture also allows the league’s student-athletes to compete on the highest quality surface…” Horner Flooring is proud to be recognized as one of the highest quality surfaces and will continue to uphold our standards of quality.

How does John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Hall of Fame, feel about the partnership? He says, “We are extremely excited and honored to be partnering with Horner Flooring and the MAAC on this new project”. Everyone’s excitement will ensure a good good experience for all partners and the athletes who will be playing on Horner’s Pro-King floors.

Also as a part of this deal, a Horner branded scholarship will be offered by the Hall of Fame for a student who has demonstrated great academic and athletic accomplishments.

To read more about this exciting new partnership, visit maacsports.com. To find out more about the Horner Pro-King floor, visit our Pro-King webpage.

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Horner Flooring and the NBA Overcome Hurricane Sandy

Horner Flooring and creative associates’ Innovative Show Design and Knight Hardwood Flooring joined in a collaborative effort to design, manufacture and install a beautiful new basketball surface that serves as the flooring for new NBA-TV studio floor. Horner  manufactured the Maple wood floor that simulates an actual NBA half-court. Half of the studio is used for the reporter’s desk and the other half of the 90’-55’ space is the basketball demonstration area.

NBA-TV, owned by Turner Television, wanted a demonstration area that was a replica of what the NBA players play on complete with a regulation NBA-Spalding goal. They desired assurances that there’d be no concerns that when current and or ex-players demonstrated nuances of the game being viewed they’d do so on a surface that was totally safe and would allow depiction of an actual re-creation of what was taking place during the game.

Justin Garrone, Project Manager and Artistic Designer for Innovative Design in Orlando, Florida was commissioned to design and light the Turner studio site. He directed a team of Chris Runnels, Nate Mitchell and Mark Dowling to conceive a spectacular set. After researching the industry his choice for flooring was Horner.  In Justin’s words, “Horner was the perfect partner…an outstanding choice.”

When it came to the installation, Horner called on their long time dealer in the Atlanta area, Knight Hardwood Flooring.  Owner Franklin Knight put a top notch crew in place, one that included an associate of his, Finishing Touches. They were able to complete the job that was projected to take two weeks in less than 7 days. Franklin felt that “the entire operation went as smoothly as it could possibly go.”  He was delighted to be a part of it.

For more information on Horner’s hardwood floors, visit our website!

NBA and the Superbowl

Did you attend a Superbowl party last night? The Miami Heat sure did! They were invited to a party, hosted by Ray Allen, at his poolside. Here’s what it looked like, courtesy of rayn34 on Instagram:

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LeBron James posted on Instagram as well. Check it out:

jamesThe Heat aren’t the only ones to enjoy the Superbowl. Check out these Tweets from other NBA players and teams:

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NBA All-Star Roster Announced

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After a lot of guessing, the complete rosters for the 2014 NBA All-Star game have been released!

Representing the East:
Starters:

  • Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers (Guard)
  • Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat (Guard)
  • Paul George – Indiana Pacers (Forward)
  • LeBron James – Miami Heat (Forward)
  • Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks (Forward)

Reserves:

  • DeMar DeRozan – Toronto Raptors (Guard)
  • John Wall – Washington Wizards (Guard)
  • Roy Hibbert – Indiana Pacers (Frontcourt)
  • Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks (Frontcourt)
  • Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls (Frontcourt)
  • (Wild Card) Joe Johnson – Brooklyn Nets
  • (Wild Card) Chris Bosh – Miami Heat

Representing the West:
Starters:

  • Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors (Guard)
  • Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers (Guard)
  • Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder (Forward)
  • Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers (Forward)
  • Kevin Love – Minnesota Timberwolves (Forward)

Reserves:

  • Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers (Guard)
  • Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs (Guard)
  • Dwight Howard – Houston Rockets (Frontcourt)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland Trail Blazers (Frontcourt)
  • Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks (Frontcourt)
  • (Wild Card) Damain Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
  • (Wild Card) James Harden – Houston Rockets

Throwback: 2013 NBA All-Star Floor

As the 2014 NBA All-Star game is approaching (and starters have been selected), we thought it would be nice to revisit last year’s floor. It was a big honor for us to provide the floor for the 2013 NBA All-Star game.

As a small family owned business located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Horner is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of maple athletic flooring systems. We continue to be driven by our committed workforce and product innovations. A lot of games during the NBA season are played on a Horner Pro-King portable basketball floor system.

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We’re always willing to go the extra mile for our customers. The 2013 floor had a lot of intricate details, such as stars lining the outer edge of the floor. These incredible details led Horner to call in a back up crew to help us out. Below are some behind the scenes photos! We always enjoy creating our floors, but this was especially fun due to the design.

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Want to know more about hardwood athletic flooring?  Check out our free ebook with the top ten questions to ask when purchasing a hardwood athletic floor!

Synthetic Floor Maintenance

After purchasing a synthetic athletic floor, you want it to last and keep it looking like new for as long as possible. Luckily, there’s plenty of ways to do this! It’s highly recommended that at each entry to the floor, there be a floor mat. This will help catch a lot of the dirt and etcetera before people reach the synthetic floor. There are also daily and weekly/bi-monthly procedures, as well as special procedures for those scuff marks or for gum that got left behind.

Before you clean your floor, take stock of your supplies and equipment. For the following procedures, you’ll need:

  • A low rpm scrubber vacuum machine (either a walk behind or rider)scrubpads
  • A gym-style push broom
  • Scrub pads
    • Medium light to medium level scrub pad (similar to 3M blue) for regular maintenance
    • Aggressive pad (similar to3M green) for once a year maintenance
  • Cleaner (neutral ph detergent)
    • Hillyard Clean Scrub is recommended
  • Warm water
  • Optional – “Freeze It” brand freeze spray or regular ice cubes

The following items are optional for a CushionCourt system only:
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  • “Soft Scrub” brand, No-bleach cleaner
  • “Mr. Clean Magic Eraser” brand scuff/stain remover

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Daily Maintenance Procedure:

Dust mop the floor using the push broom or the scrubber vacuum. Don’t use a dust mop treatment.

Weekly or Bi-Monthly Procedure:

  1. Mix the cleaner with warm water and put in the scrubber tank
  2. Apply to the floor and scrub a section that can be covered in fifteen minutes
    1. Do not vacuum – let the dirt emulsify for the fifteen minutes
  3. Start at the beginning of the next section again without vacuuming
  4. Return to the previous section and scrub again WHILE vacuuming
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until finished cleaning

Use the blue pad on a regular basis, but use the green pad once a year to remove any access build up.

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As Required Procedure:

Scuff Marks/Deeper Stains: Use “Mr. Clean Magic Eraser” (for CushionCourt only) according to package instructions.

Gum: Freeze the gum with ice or “Freeze It” brand spray. Once the gum is frozen, gently scrape it off the floor. Repeat as necessary.

Once a year deep cleaning: Use no bleach “Soft Scrub” brand sparingly in front of the vacuum with the green scrubber pad and proceed as you would for the weekly cleaning.

For more questions, contact us at Horner Flooring by visiting our webpage: http://www.hornerflooring.com/contact.html.