With a new guard rotation and hometown product Caron Butler aboard, the Milwaukee Bucks are going to look quite a bit different on the court this year.
Of course, the court itself has also undergone a makeover.
The Bucks unveiled renderings of the new paint job at the Milwaukee Art Museum in an event that doubled as a "bear with us" plea from a handful of the franchise's luminaries. The team is pitching youth and hope in advance of the 2013-14 season, and a new court is just part of the rebranding effort.
Here's the first reveal of the design, appropriately unveiled by the team's cornerstones, Larry Sanders and John Henson:
You can also check out video of the big moment on the Bucks' Instagram account.
If you're thinking to yourself, "that looks awfully familiar," it's probably because the new look is hardly a big departure from the old one. Here's what the Bucks played on last season:
The logo at midcourt is a little bigger now, and most of the red accents are gone. The most significant change is the pair of back-to-back wood grain letter "M's" that cover the entire court and form a diamond behind the logo at center court.
Other than that, there's not much in the way of newness here.
Nonetheless, Bucks fans turned out in force to catch a glimpse of the redesigned court.
To put it mildly, reactions were mixed. Some Milwaukee loyalists were bursting at the seams with excitement. Although, that might be attributable to the fact that the NBA season is getting tantalizingly close.
Others were understandably unimpressed with the relatively minor tweaks.
Really, though, if the Bucks are going to persist with this talk of starting a new era with their young talent, they should probably go all-in. I'm talking a full uniform overhaul.
Clearly, I'm not alone in that sentiment.
So, there you have it: The Bucks have a fresh new playing surface, hewn from local northern Wisconsin maple timbers. Here's hoping the players who'll soon suit up on that floor will provide Milwaukee fans with a little more cause for enthusiasm.