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Very cool, distracting LED court from Kobe Bryant’s China tour. He has no idea how it works.

Aug 19, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

I would love to play a game on that court. Just one game, before the seizures kicked in.

That is the Nike RISE ‘House of Mamba’ LED court, which was unveiled during Kobe Bryant‘s recent tour through China. The court is… cool. And distracting. It makes the game into a video game.

Kobe is not so much the tech guy that he gets how this works. Right there with you, Bean.

Hat tip to SB Nation.

  1. tomtravis76 - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Very cool. Wonder if college or the NBA would allow a court like this? It could benefit schools and owners to have another sponsorship/ advertising platform to use during timeouts ,pre game and half time. Could change the color of the court for almost every opponent. Lots of possibilities outside of the traditional court, just no light shows during games.

    One thing I did pick up, it looked as though it was helping kids stay honest in drills, could be a new tool to help in developing younger players who are used to playing so many video games.

  2. philliesblow - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Could a tricky home team program the lights on the court to make their 3 point line a few inches closer and the opponents a few inches further? At the end of each quarter (or half for college) the computer changes the distances again as the teams switch ends.

  3. money2long - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    It would help in knowing if a shooter’s toe was on the line more easier if the technology was geared that way

  4. motobus - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Would be cool for just simple HUD stuff during play (player names) and for displaying stats and shot charts during breaks.

  5. originate421 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I can see it altering the future of basketball… where the current NBA game and video games meet.

    Things like a 4 point shots if they can make it from a certain spot on the court that randomly changes on possession to possession. Or, a “he’s on fire” mode ala NBA Jams 1999.

    Of course, all of this would need to be manager centrally through the NBA HQ… so we can get yet another way we can say the NBA is fixing results.

    • spursareold - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Stick to the video games if you want that ish. It isn’t even basketball if the rules change from minute to minute.

      • originate421 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        I haven’t played one of those games in years.. should be obvious by the NBA Jams 1999 reference. But, if you can’t see technology working its way into the game; then, I am surprised you caught onto this whole internet fad.

        Just saying that the future is going to look slightly different than the past… look back to the game from 30 years ago and you will see actual “teams” playing basketball for 82 games instead of what is now the NBA’s version of 1 on 1.

  6. crik911 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I like this as a development and advertising tool. I’m not sure how it would work in a live NBA type game, but looks great and has a ton of possibilities. If teams are aloud to use music to rev up the ground during a game, potentially they could have the paint beyond the foul area and before the 3 point line go team colours. etc etc. I think its awesome the tech that we have these days.

  7. nickjackalson - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I love the endless possibilities it has as a learning tool..just imagine learning drills where the floor shows you every lane, the counter to defensive reactions, proper spacing in relation to 9 other moving players..AWESOME

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