The world’s most famous basketball floor was instantly recognizable around the world, but why was it the way it was? Like many things, the Celtics parquet court was a happy accident born of necessity. Celtics owner Walter Brown wanted a new floor for his team, but wood was in short supply after World War II. Brown contracted with the East Boston Lumber Company to construct a floor using scrap wood, which ended up with an alternating parquet pattern. The rest is NBA history.
( C ) NBA/Celtics (photo by Heritage Werks)