Not sure if I’m the only one that noticed, but there were definitely some subtle changes to this year’s NBA Finals. First, I’d like to thank the NBA and ABC for not forcing me to hear a Rob Thomas song (2005 “This is how a heart break” and 2009 “Meltdown”) before every game and during every commercial break.
But onto the visible changes. For starters, the old Finals patch, which was just a Larry O’Brien trophy, is long gone, in favor of a newer, bigger, and I think, incredibly uglier version. Check out the difference below..
First Kobe Bryant in the 2009 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic. Notice the NBA logo on his left shoulder and the Larry O’Brien trophy on his right…
Now, check out Bryant in the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. His right shoulder is, gasp, blank, while his left shoulder combined the NBA logo with their weird cursive NBA Finals branding, and it’s all surrounded by a basketball… Also curious that the Lakers went with the gold jerseys this year, while they had the white ones last year.
Now, check out the old patch and the new one side by side. Personally, I like the old one because it was just a lot simpler and clean looking. The new one is bulky and has too much going on for my liking.
Finally, did you notice the courts? They changed those too. Again to the photo evidence.
First, last year’s Lakers-Magic series.. Notice how they laid down the massive trophy decal around the team’s logo at halfcourt?
Now, this year’s photo. The trophy is gone! But damnit, that ugly patch is still there.
This one, I’m kind of indifferent about, though I always got a chill walking into an arena that had the trophy on the court, making it all seem more surreal.