- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 3, 2001

The Washington Wizards' new homecourt is the same one on which the Los Angeles Lakers won their first of two championships.
The Wizards, who will use their new court tonight for the first time, paid about $50,000 for the floor, which is about half of what the Lakers paid for it when Staples Center opened in 1999.
It's not that the Lakers didn't like the court. But when they ordered it, the company that prepared it for them, Robbins Sports Surfaces in Cincinnati, was unable to provide them with the color they wanted. As a result, they promised the Lakers a new court in the future.
"There's nothing wrong with the court," Robbins representative Ed Burch said. "The Lakers won a championship on it. But we had an agreement that we would build them a court closer to their specifications in the future."
Burch said Robbins has courts in 21 of the NBA's 29 arenas. Burch said that when the Lakers' court became available, the Wizards came calling.
"We refinished it for them," Burch said. "It's a beautiful court. I know they're going to love it."


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