NBA

  • The Sacramento Kings just unveiled their new jerseys in VR

    The Sacramento Kings just unveiled their new jerseys in VR

    Even though they’re still in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors have essentially become the de facto NBA team of Silicon Valley. But it won’t stay that way for long, at least if the Sacramento Kings have anything to do with it. Since being taken over by technology entrepreneur Vivek Ranadivè three years ago, the team has been on a mission to prove they are the most… Read More

  • New NBA platform lets fans create their own playoffs videos

    New NBA platform lets fans create their own playoffs videos

    If you’re a basketball fan, you’re more than aware it’s playoff time — and we’re down to the final four teams. You probably also know that the NBA has been running a promo called ‘Every Second Counts‘, which includes a new song written specifically for the campaign by the artist Timbaland. Now The NBA wants to get fans involved too, and… Read More

  • The Sacramento Kings just held the NBA’s first startup pitch competition

    The Sacramento Kings just held the NBA’s first startup pitch competition

    At a game on Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings held the National Basketball League’s first ever pitch competition. Four local companies (narrowed down from 32 semi-finalists and about 100 applicants) pitched to the entire stadium, which voted on Twitter for the winner. QuickLegal, an on-demand legal advice service, won the competition and took home a $10,000 cash prize. But… Read More

  • Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

    Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

    Intel announced overnight in a company blog post that it has purchased Israeli company Replay Technologies. The company provides an unusual 3D video rendering capability it calls “free dimensional” or freeD™ video, according to Intel. While the technology could potentially have a broader usage than sports broadcasting, it has been used to-date to enable fans to get a 360… Read More

  • NBA Bolsters Partnership With SAP To Bring Natural Language Queries To Stats Site

    NBA Bolsters Partnership With SAP To Bring Natural Language Queries To Stats Site

    The NBA announced today that it was bringing natural language queries to its online stats pages on NBA.com. The feature enables fans to type a question in a natural way and the site should come back with your answer without having to dig for it. The feature is launching in Beta starting tomorrow. The technology underlying this new functionality is supplied by a partnership with SAP using… Read More

  • IBM Watson Teams With Toronto Raptors On Data-Driven Talent Analysis

    IBM Watson Teams With Toronto Raptors On Data-Driven Talent Analysis

    IBM announced today that is has teamed with the Toronto Raptors to bring cognitive analysis in the form of IBM Watson to the NBA team’s talent evaluation process. The new tool called IBM Sports Insights Central, pulls in data from a variety of sources including statistics, video, social networking sentiment analysis, medical records and much more. It compares this data against the… Read More

  • Kobe Bryant Announces NBA Retirement Over Twitter And Facebook

    Kobe Bryant Announces NBA Retirement Over Twitter And Facebook

    *Cue the old man music* In my day, the best sports athletes of our time sat in front of a camera with their family by their side when they announced that they were retiring. In 1993, Michael Jordan retired for the first time. Journalists surrounded him while they asked questions: What if Jordan had played during “our” age? The digital age. Right now, Jordan’s brand Jumpman… Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, we watched an NBA game in virtual reality, a number of tech companies reported earnings, and we went hands-on with the OnePlus X Android phone. These are our best stories. Read More

  • A Live NBA Game Is Cool In VR, But Don’t Sell Off Your Season Tickets Yet

    A Live NBA Game Is Cool In VR, But Don’t Sell Off Your Season Tickets Yet

    So I watched a good chunk of the Golden State Warriors game in virtual reality last night (thanks to the NextVR app), and I’m happy to report that I didn’t puke. Even though I was in San Mateo, at moments it kind of felt like I was at Oracle arena in Oakland. More on that soon. There were two active cameras during the game, one court side and one up in the rafters, both at half court. Read More

  • Watch The Golden State Warriors Get Their NBA Championship Rings In Virtual Reality

    Watch The Golden State Warriors Get Their NBA Championship Rings In Virtual Reality

    So we’re definitely at the “see-what-we-can-do-with-virtual-reality” stage of virtual reality. You’re going to be bombarded with cool tricks that show off the “potential” of the technology. Democratic debate first, now this. If you’re an NBA fan and happen to have a Samsung Gear VR headset, you’ll be able to watch the Golden State Warriors get… Read More

  • Magic Johnson Is Joining Square’s Board Of Directors

    Magic Johnson Is Joining Square’s Board Of Directors

    Square is bringing in Earvin “Magic” Johnson to its board of directors this summer. The former basketball player is one of the most successful business leaders in America and a great get for Square’s board. He is not only an NBA Hall of Fame legend but also a formidable business leader, running the multi-billion-dollar Magic Johnson Enterprises, as well as the Magic… Read More