NBA Players On Scooter Boards Is Now A Thing

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So, let’s address the elephant in the room—or rather, the celebrity on the scooter board. Though they sound an awful lot like the ironic, overly expensive walking substitute known as the Segway, high-end scooter boards have been legitimately gaining in popularity among professional athletes and musicians for the last few months. Like any trend with a hope to hang around for a while these boards are now starting to break into the mainstream market.

In case you haven’t heard of these scooter boards, they are essentially a cross between the previously mentioned self-balancing electric vehicle and a skateboard. If you want a video demonstration, you can see Justin Bieber filming himself on the IO Hawk or Ne-Yo rolling through the streets of NYC on his self-balancing scooter here. 

NBA players have even jumped on board. J.R. Smith from the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised into the arena for Game 4 of the Finals on a PhunkeeDuck, and NBA MVP Stephen Curry took the scooter to the next level by taking half-court shots while riding it around the court. Not wanting to miss out on the action, Rajon Rondo was recently spotted upping his scooter game and showing off his handles on one of the things. It’s only a matter of time before we see an entire basketball game played on scooter boards as players take to social media to one-up each other.

So, what’s the appeal? Weighing roughly 18-22 pounds, these scooters can easily be carried around with you, minimizing the threat of theft and making it easy to switch between walking and riding. But you’ll probably want to always ride it—according to Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons, “It just makes you not want to walk anywhere.”

If you really think about it, these are better for the environment considering the fact that they don’t require any gas to operate. The jury’s still out on whether you are allowed to ride these on sidewalks (IO HAWK claims it’s fine in L.A.), but if you can go grocery shopping with it, then you’re probably safe to share the sidewalk with pedestrians. But maybe don’t try to ride through the airport in one, as Rapper Wiz Khalifa was stopped and pinned to the ground when he refused to dismount his scooter.  

Cost-wise, these scooters can set you back for as little as $600 for a HighFlyer1000 or $1,800 for an IO HAWK, making them a lot more affordable than actual scooters (like Vespas and e-bikes) or Segways. The demand is clearly there, as IO HAWK states on their website that they are on backorder.

And if they’re good enough for Lily Allen to travel through the NYC streets to get errands done, Andre Drummond to bowl with, or Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Fallon to test drive, then they’re also one of the coolest toys on the market.

Well, probably.
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