Kyrie Irving seems to think Celtics are playing on original MECCA court in Milwaukee

Kyrie Irving seems to think Celtics are playing on original MECCA court in Milwaukee

If you’ll question whether the earth is actually round, you’ll probably question just about anything, and Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has some questions about the Milwaukee Bucks’ “Return to the MECCA” throwback night Thursday.

See, the Celtics and Bucks will meet Thursday night not in the Bucks’ current home (the Bradley Center), but at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, which was formerly known as the MECCA (Milwaukee Exposition, Convention Center and Arena) and served as the Bucks’ home from 1968-1988.

Probably the coolest part of this for viewers is that the Bucks have brought back the famous MECCA court design. They have not, however — and this is important — brought back the actual MECCA court itself. It has not been used in nearly 30 years and could be unsafe, so the court you’ll see Thursday night is a newly-made replica.

Irving, however, doesn’t seem convinced. When asked about the court Thursday, Irving seemed to suggest that the court he was warming up on was in fact the original, and therefore did come with safety concerns.

“I’m all about safety,” Irving told reporters. “So we’ll see how it is on my knees, see how it is on everyone’s bodies. I know this is a pretty older court and it looks like it’s fresh painted as well. I’m just going to do my assessment and go from there.”

A reporter then informed Irving that it was a new court, but he still wasn’t convinced.

“It took me three steps to realize this is not the same NBA court I’m used to playing on,” he said. “We’ll see what’s up.”

Other Celtics were much more excited about the court. Al Horford was smiling and taking pictures of it, and he noted that he was in the arena when his dad played on the original court as a member of the Bucks.



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