The Court Surface Greatly Affects the Game
In addition to providing the look of the basketball court, the choice of surfacing can also greatly affect the quality of play and safety for basketball games. Basketball is a game of quick and agile movements so having a surface that provides adequate traction is imperative in order to prevent injuries.
Some types of court surfaces naturally provide this traction on their own and other types need to have a sealant applied. In other instances (such as a makeshift outdoor court) where a budget may be an issue, traction may not be as high of a concern as it should be.