The Milwaukee Bucks aren't quite ready to give up their old court, but it'll happen soon enough. And when the new one is installed, the floor that is currently in use at the BMO Harris Bradley Center will be going to a great cause.
According to Grantland's Zach Lowe, Zaza Pachulia is waiting to snatch it up:
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...
Lowe continued by reporting that Pachulia was disappointed to learn the court he'd grown up on hadn't been repaired since he last saw it. Now in a state of disrepair, the old surface just doesn't help promote a love of basketball like the Georgian big man might want it to.
Pachulia also told Lowe that, "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."
The center—one of my favorite players in the league for quite some time now thanks to his ability to maximize his physical talents—began his career on that floor in Milwaukee, and he's back there now after a lengthy detour with the Atlanta Hawks.
Unfortunately, there are still a few things standing in the way of the deal.
First, the new Bucks court actually has to be installed. The organization put it in place prematurely during the offseason, and it caused so many players to slip that a preseason game was cancelled before the final buzzer, hence its subsequent removal.
Secondly, Pachulia actually has to buy it. He's planning on doing so, but he has yet to actually close the deal, according to Lowe.
Here's hoping there are no hindrances.
After all, it's a cool story with the potential to do a lot of good, both helping to increase the global popularity of this wonderful sport and also providing a nice outlet for kids in Georgia.