Things will be looking a little different this season at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Phoenix Suns announced on Twitter on Tuesday that they would return a purple court trim when the team takes the floor for the 2016-2017 season.
The purple border used to be a mainstay on the team’s court. It was originally rolled out in the late ’60s and remained in place for nearly 40 years.
The team teased the announcement on social media as well.
The team last made tweaks to the hardwood in 2015. It dropped the word “Suns” from center court in favor of the team’s signature sunburst logo and added a dash of purple.
While the court may be looking fresh, it’s hard to say how the team will look. The Suns endured a poor 2015-2016 campaign and struggled to put together a good run.
However, the team is coming off a better-than-average offseason that saw them draft sub-20-year-old power forwards Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss and get younger at backup guard by taking Tyler Ulis in the second round.
In free agency, Phoenix brought back cagey veterans Jared Dudley and Leandro Barbosa to steady the roster.
The positive offseason led CBS Sports to pick the Suns as a possible breakout team, but the season will likely depend on how head coach Earl Watson blends his raw rookies with veteran talent.
We’ll all know more about the team when the Suns open their season with a home game against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 26, but fans will walk in with the knowledge that the court will be looking good.
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