All-Star week has wrapped, and as part of the festivities, we had a series of posts that were intended to give you an inside look at what was going down on the streets of NYC. This time: A look at the insane LED court Nike installed at its Zoom City Arena.
NEW YORK — Nike Basketball had a lot going on during All-Star weekend in NYC in terms of places for fans to interact and engage with the company’s latest lines of sneakers, and one of the cooler experiences was the Zoom City Arena which featured an LED basketball court.
“The regulation-size court incorporates a fully programmable LED screen to run content and interactive training programs. Consumers are invited to witness and work out with the best Nike athletes and Nike Master Trainers through virtual training programs and the signature move sequences of some of the best in the game.”
Fans were able to RSVP for appointments to come try out the newest in Nike footwear, and go through workouts and pickup games in what was a truly unique and fantastical setting. There were player appearances, too, where the likes of Anthony Davis and James Harden rolled through at times to check things out.
For more looks at what the LED court was capable of, search the #ZoomCity hashtag on Instagram and check out the many videos of the weekend’s action that exist.
Rumors spread on social media this week as moving trucks were found outside of Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George‘s house. But were they really his?
The user posted photos of giant moving trucks outside of a house in George’s neighborhood to Snapchat. People began speculating wildly that George, the subject of trade rumors for the last few weeks, could be on the move.
Now, the Pacers start has taken to Twitter to dispute the moving trucks as his. So whose were they?
According to George, they were there to move his neighbors.
The other obvious answer is that they were George’s and NBA players simply move to new locations during the summer. Half of the NBA it seems lives in the Los Angeles area come the off-season, or at least train there, so seeing moving trucks outside of his house would not have been an anomaly if you ask me.
We are past the 2017 NBA Draft and still we have no deal for George. But the NBA off-season is long, and free agency is just around the corner. I am sure that we will see a new landing spot for George in the coming months.
Then we can send somebody on over to see if there are moving trucks at his house.
Hornets’ GM slips up, introduces Dwayne Bacon as Dwyane Wade
Charlotte had a good draft night. In the first round, Kentucky shooter Malik Monk fell to them at 11 and they grabbed him. In the second round, they took a smart risk with Florida State wing Dwayne Bacon.
Friday came the usual team press conference with the GM introducing his players and Charlotte GM Rich Cho made a mistake, introducing Bacon as “Dwyane Wade.”
Back when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were breaking into the NBA together and learning how to win together, one of their veteran mentors was tough guy Kendrick Perkins. When Perkins thought someone was acting soft, he called that player a “cupcake.”
The Rockets, with James Harden running Mike D’Antoni’s offense, made a leap up to the NBA’s second tier last season — then landed with a playoff thud. The team should be better the second season in the same system, but to get past the Warriors, the Rockets need more talent.
The Rockets need talent and Chris Paul is unquestionably that. He and James Harden could figure out how to play together.
The problem is money. Chris Paul is going to demand max or near-max money, so close to $30 million. The Rockets enter the summer with about $10 million. The Rockets need to clear cap space and are ready to deal so long as they don’t take contracts back. Lou Williams will make $7 million next season, so even moving him and Patrick Beverley is not enough to land a Chris Paul or Paul Millsap. Moving Ryan Anderson ($19.6 million) or Eric Gordon ($12.9 million) helps much more.
That Morey is being aggressive isn’t the news, the question is can he find a willing partner to lower some money off his cap and give him a sense of what is to come. CP3 is going to meet with a lot of teams, but the Clippers do have advantages and are the favorites to retain him.