The field of hoop dreams

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Tron-es­que court at­tempts un­likely feat of mak­ing bas­ket­ball in­ter­est­ing

Bas­ket­ball CAN BE A be­wil­der­ing sport for those not au fait with their NBA. “Trav­el­ling”, “car­ry­ing”, “flops”, there are all kinds of pedan­tic penal­ties to in­terupt your ball flow. So adding cut­ting-edge train­ing tech into the court can only be good, and Nike’s sen­sor­laden House of Mamba brings its A game.

Pre­miered with LA Lak­ers star Kobe Bryant (left), the Shang­hai court uses track­ers and a car­pet of LEDs to show where play­ers should be mov­ing in prac­tice, be it de­fend­ing against vir­tual at­tack­ers or shoot­ing from a se­ries of vary­ing spots on court, HORSE-style.

It will also flag up when you put a size 15 foot wrong, mon­i­tor­ing and dis­play­ing your per­for­mance stats. Sci­en­tists also be­lieve that the rich, sci-fi-visual over­lays could spice up the spec­ta­cle of ten gi­ants wan­der­ing up and down, end­lessly plonk­ing a ball through a hoop.

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