On Wednesday morning, photos surfaced on social media showing that the courts at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus — the Utah Jazz’s practice facility — got a redesign, trading the traditional navy blue, green and gold for a black and white look.
With chatter buzzing on Twitter that the Jazz are looking to make a major brand change, owner Ryan Smith addressed the subject in a couple of tweets.
First, he acknowledged the veracity of the practice facility change by quoting the above tweet with two pair of eyes emojis. More substantially, he responded to a Twitter user who replied to him with, “Absolutely awful. Are we trying to be the Brooklyn Nets?” (the Nets’ primary color scheme is just black and white).
Smith’s response: “Nope... Just moving away from this as fast as we can.,” and he shared a screenshot of a tweet from another user which showed the wide variety of colors the Jazz have used over the years.
Nope… Just moving away from this as fast as we can. pic.twitter.com/gDAwjolZX4— Ryan Smith (@RyanQualtrics) September 15, 2021
As observed by KSL Sports’ Ben Anderson last month, the practice facility change is just the latest in a series of moves the Jazz have slowly made to go toward a black and white look, although it’s unclear how prominent the scheme will ever be compared to others the team currently employs (including a black variation of its popular City jersey).
Anderson took note (pun definitely intended) of a tweet part owner Dwyane Wade posted last month in which he addressed the Jazz’s colors.