According to Dr. Elliott, it’s important for P3 to gather data for their athletes at a young age to establish a baseline and help assist with injury prevention. Adidas Nations, a program focused on developing some of the best young basketball stars in the country, has seen the value in bringing their athletes to P3. Because of their work with adidas Nations, P3 has begun gathering data for some of the country’s most talented 16, 17 and 18-year-old basketball players as they prepare for a potential career in the Association down the road. “In general, the ability to test players at a young age is really the key here,” Elliott says. “We have a lot of top-tier players coming in and we’re identifying movement patterns that relate to certain injuries. For young athletes, we can tell them, ‘Hey if you move this way, you’re going to wear out the cartilage in your knee,’ but with veteran players, we’ll find out that their cartilage is already gone.”
For a team like the Timberwolves that has already seen P3’s work with Wiggins, LaVine and Anthony Bennett, seeing that kind of improvement from Okafor could make him an even more appealing potential No. 1 pick. While other leagues are staying at arm’s length from P3, the NBA has fully embraced P3’s data-driven performance training. According to Dr. Elliott, players will soon begin to receive their personalized data throughout their careers so they can better understand their own bodies. “If we can track the data for every player in the NBA throughout their careers,” said Elliott. “Then the Association will be two steps ahead of every other professional sports league from an athletic standpoint.”
The Kings app will also be completely redesigned. The goal is to launch a new version when the season begins. Miller and company wants it to be the first “state-ware” app in sports.
Other testing could include multicasting to ensure instant replays at your seat and “smart” kiosks for ticket entry. Plus, new camera technology is going in now, Miller said.
The Kings also are looking into expanded Wi-Fi offerings that aren’t even scheduled for limited release until 2016, according to Miller. The new arena is slated to open in October 2016. The new arena is slated to open in October 2016. Other new technology that is being reviewed relates to sound, seat comfort, fabrics, traffic, parking, loyalty and beacon technology. The Kings will be testing some new technology in limited pockets of Sleep Train Arena this season in order to “work out the kinks for the new arena.”
With the new Kings regime came a lot of ties to the Silicon Valley, which in turn, has created the potential for molding technology with sports in Sacramento. At the forefront of that push is co-owner Andy Miller, who is in charge of technology for the Kings. With the demolition of Downtown Plaza over a month-and-half in, the Kings continue to delve into ways to link the new arena with innovative technology. One thing Miller, the former vice president of mobile advertising with Apple, says the team is looking into is “smart” lighting. “Not just LED, but equipped with sensors to monitor traffic flow and environmental conditions, networked to provide data and control. It will give us a lot of data for easing congestion, safety and energy savings,” Miller said.
Every so often, a visual technology comes along that leaves us speechless. The first color television, the groundbreaking special effects seen in George Lucas’ Star Wars, holographic Tupac Shakur… Experiences like these make us want to go out and tell everyone we know about what we just witnessed. This fall, the Sixers will unveil an exciting new in-arena addition that they hope will have the same effect. As part of a larger set of changes to the team’s game presentation this season, the Sixers will join the New Jersey Devils and Cleveland Cavaliers in becoming the first professional sports teams in the nation to adopt the cutting edge projection-mapping technology permanently.
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There are seven TVs in his Los Angeles home. “In my mancave there are four TVs, because I like to watch all the basketball games. Outside on the porch, we have a TV. In my bathroom, in my tub, there’s a TV, so I can watch TV. Games are always on.” The mancave has one big 60-inch set and three smaller ones. One of the sets is connected to a Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii gaming system (his son likes to play the Madden NFL Football and NBA2K14 video games.) “I’m watching and he’s playing.”
And then there’s the 94Fifty smart basketball, from start-up InfoMotion Sports Technologies. Inside what appears to be an ordinary regulation-size synthetic leather basketball is Bluetooth technology and sensors that communicate with a companion app on your iPhone or iPad. The app “coaches” you with drills that cover such things as your dominant hand speed, weak hand speed, crossover speed and behind-the-back speed. The app can count the number of dribbles, and detect when you’ve lost control of the ball. It can measure how fast you get off shots, what kind of backspin you have on your shot, and what kind of arc you have when you throw the ball up toward the hoop. Alas, at $299.95, a smart basketball doesn’t come cheap. Chromecast aside, the best new products of the year rarely do.
Paul has a big bag stocked with a 15-inch MacBook Pro, full-size iPad and iPad Mini, two iPods and lots of chargers. “I need to get (the iPods) down to one, but one of them has 35,000 songs on it, all the music you could probably imagine, and the other one just gospel music.” He has two iPads because the big one gets filled with footage of Clippers basketball games for him to watch afterward. The Mini he uses to watch TV shows and movies.
With over 10,000 users who have gathered at over 3,000 bars, restaurants and stadiums to watch over 8,000 games, the Fanactic app is destined to become your lifeline any time you’re traveling somewhere new. Stuck in a small town hundreds of miles away from your home city? No problem. Click the explore tab and you’ll find fans in your area using geolocation tools. If you want to be surrounded by fellow fans, you can scan the list of games being watched and the number of fans watching each game at local venues even when you’re thousands of miles from home.
We’ve all been there: stuck somewhere outside the cozy confines of home, trying desperately to find the right restaurant, bar or pub that’s showing your favorite NBA team. With the 2013-14 NBA season tipping off tomorrow, you might want to download Fanatic, which launched an Android app in August after a successful iPhone iteration. You’ll always find the perfect place to watch your favorite NBA team. Never be in the dark again when you want to catch your favorite NBA squad, but have no idea where to go.
The NBA will officially announce Thursday what Grantland reported two weeks ago — that the league will pay for the installation of data-tracking cameras, and the attached software, at all 29 NBA arenas (the Clippers and Lakers share an arena). This is a sort of endgame for STATS, proprietor of the SportVU camera technology, which entered the league in the 2010-11 season with a half-dozen eager subscribing teams. I’ve written about the technology several times, so I won’t go deep into the basics here. Suffice it to say the cameras track the movement of every object on the court — players, referees, the ball — several times per second, providing a new path to answering questions small and grand.
The cameras cost about $100,000 per year, and the expense is one reason 15 teams hadn’t yet subscribed. Some of those teams were waiting in hopes the NBA would foot the bill, and the league has apparently decided to do so sooner than many of those teams expected. Installing the cameras in all 30 arenas will expand the data to include every game played, providing teams with a more complete and reliable data set. It also raises the possibility of the league using statistical nuggets from the cameras during television broadcasts. A few teams have used in-game data at halftime to show players specific examples of things like rebounds they didn’t contest aggressively, or evidence they weren’t running as hard as usual. A few more will likely do the same next season.
Catapult’s Gary McCoy compares the company’s technology to the intricate and mandatory gauges that measure engine performance and other vital signs of a high-performance race car. “Imagine NASCAR, or even mechanically more precise, Formula 1 racing,” McCoy said. “Powerful engines. High-performance mechanical needs. Could you imagine driving one of these vehicles without any dashboard whatsoever? What if you cant ‘hear’ the engine? Would you know when you are ‘redlining,’ causing untold overload to the system? “The same happens every day for a high-powered NBA athlete — we drive them without a dashboard, we guess. Our eyes give us extremely limited information. We don’t know what is too much, what is too little. Catapult data changes all this. Viable, objective measurements on movement, and then simply what we can measure, we can manage.”
Sports, science and technology are converging at an all-time pace and eight NBA teams are experimenting with a new device designed to optimize and personalize training regiments, thus the ability to maximize performance and reduce injury. The San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks, plus four other teams that have chosen to keep their identities secret, have invested in these complex GPS tracking devices created by the Australian company Catapult Sports, the self-professed leader in “athlete analytics.” “We just want to be able to get smarter about our players and how to train them and how to put them in a position to succeed,” said Mavs owner Mark Cuban. “So that’s just one component of a lot of different things that we’re doing.”