The Future of Sitting on the Bench
Listen up! We may finally have an answer for why the Bucks have been so successful this year! It’s not Giannis, not Budenholzer, not their style of play, it’s their…seats?
Indeed, in their brand new state-of-the-art arena, the Bucks have created an optimal environment for players on the bench, who can adjust their seats to their desired height and warmth.
Designed to heat at 106 degrees Fahrenheit- the optimal heat to maintain muscle temperature- the slick seats, designed by 12 University of Colorado students and a New Zealand research group, have come into effect this season.
At the touch of a button, the seats can also be raised to accommodate the giant Giannis Antetokounmpo, or lowered for Eric Bledsoe’s more compact frame.
“They’re definitely great,” Kris Middleton said.” I put my seat all the way to the top. It’s horrible for posture to be scrunched down the whole game.” He also added that, “the heat is definitely needed. You see players all the time with heat packs all over their bodies, so to have a seat that replaces that is great.”
“It’s a pretty good bonus. You get to warm your buns up. I’ve never had anything like that before,” said guard George Hill.
“An over-the-top amount of research and design went into these chairs,” said Bucks director of performance, Troy Flanagan. “It is the most carefully engineered seat you could ever imagine.”
“We wanted to make sure they were safe and super robust. That if a player was to collide into them, they were soft, padded, safe and low-voltage,” Flanagan said.
This is just the latest example of NBA teams using technology to give them an edge.
Heated and adjustable seats? No wonder Giannis wants to stay a Milwaukee Buck for life.