Below are some pictures of Oregon’s new basketball court, Kilkenny Floor. The design is a one of a kind type floor and has brought connections with Boise St.’s “Smurf Turf”. The court was designed by Nike and is supposed to resemble the “Tall Firs”, which was Oregon’s 1939 National Championship basketball team. Underneath the center court “O” is the new Matthew Knight Arena logo, spelling out MATT, in another design by Nike. It is supposed to represent a Japanese gate, which was influential with Phil Knight’s trips to Japan when Nike was first starting.
*Photo credit of Register Guard and GoDucks.com*
“This week, Nike launched the Kobe V sneaker in Los Angeles, CA. The V comes on the tail of what was the lightest shoe in basketball, the Kobe IV, but when the new version hits retail on January 16th, it will take the title at 10.6 ounces per shoe. The basketball sneaker utilizes a new type of Flywire and a series of innovations that bring maximum stability with minimum amount of weight to the project. We met with Eric Avar, lead designer on the project, Matt Nurse, head researcher for the Kobe sneaker, and the man himself, Kobe Bryant, to take us through the shoe.”
Left to Right: TV personality Kevin Frazier, Kobe Bryant, Kobe V Design Director Eric Avar, and Nike Researcher Matt Nurse.