Houston Rockets Experimenting with New Shooting Tech
Houston Rockets practice last Tuesday was a weird one.
As reporters filed in to watch the team go through drills, hoping to grab someone’s attention for a quick interview, they witnessed something truly interesting. There was second year forward out of Wisconsin, Sam Dekker throwing up shots, wearing what looked like a pair of sunglasses.
Shades indoors? Nothing new amongst the rich and famous, but these were not just some ordinary sunglasses. These strobe glasses have been used by a few players around the league, including two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry in order to improve hand-eye coordination. The Rockets are just the latest team to buy into the advancing basketball technology.
James Harden took some jumpers rocking the glasses, so too did Patrick Beverley while trying to catch a tennis ball and dribbling a basketball simultaneously.
“I’ve never done it before,” Ryan Anderson told ESPN. “It kind of just blinds you; you can’t really get a pass or anything.”
The introduction of the cool new glasses was not the only cool new toy the Rockets can now play around with. This past Tuesday, the Rockets had a new company, Kinexon Precision Technologies, give them some brand new tracking equipment that they hooked up on each one of their players during practice.
“We have 12 receivers around the court that bring the information to us,” Said Mehdi Bentanfous, the managing director of Kinexon. “We can track every player’s movement from speed, heat maps, accelerations — any motion.”
The more information teams have on their players the better and the Houston Rockets are just one of the many sports clubs that are crossing over into technology to take a step above their competition.
So while guys like Shaq are coming out thinking the Earth is flat, there still are some smarts occurring in the NBA universe too!