Originally Posted by 007nites
Instead of the ball dropping from the the scoreboard they should instead have a contraption that opens the center of the court from underneath and have the ball fly upwards from beneath the court. Then have the door quickly close on the floor.
I was thinking something similar, however you risk the floor door closing on a player's foot. It might be better to have a light-weight contraption roll onto the floor and propel the ball upwards and quickly roll off the floor afterwards.