What you need to know about the Nike Hyper Court

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1. WHAT IS NIKE HYPER COURT?
– Nike Hyper Court is an on-court interactive experience, powered by Google that unlocks exclusive basketball content, through free data, to inspire ballers across the city to take their game to the next level.
– Through Nike Hyper Court, Filipino ballers gain free access to exclusive content that includes training drills, elevated member activities and the best of Nike global basketball content.
– Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, is a joint initiative between both brands for the first time in bringing access of videos and contents relevant to sports where data access can be scarce, resulting in slow or disruptive content access.

2. HOW DOES THE TECHNOLOGY POWERED BY GOOGLE ENABLE NIKE HYPER COURT IN A UNIQUE WAY?
– The Google technology eliminates the need for high speed data connectivity and enables ballers to watch YouTube content on the designated courts. This is an original project developed for the Philippines and the first time the technology has been used anywhere in the world.
– Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, helps break down connectivity and data barriers – a prevalent challenge for the youth in Manila with limited data connectivity.

3. HOW DOES NIKE HYPER COURT WORK?
– Nike Hyper Court content is streamed via high-speed platforms enabled at every designated Nike Hyper Court using Google technology.
– Ballers at the Nike Hyper Court simply need to connect their smart phones to the local network via the Nike Hyper Court wifi and sign up when prompted.
– These ballers will then be able to access exclusive training videos, coaching tips and athlete content.
– The Nike Hyper Court experience is complemented with physical coaching / training sessions on a periodic basis to enhance the ballers’ learning experiences.

4. HOW DID NIKE TEAM UP WITH GOOGLE ON NIKE HYPER COURT?
– Nike saw an opportunity to team up with Google to provide a unique application of their technology paired with exclusive Nike basketball content.
– Nike Hyper Court provides an avenue for youth in the Philippines to raise their game by providing access to exclusive inspirational and interactive training and content through the power of mobile.

5. IS THIS AN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN NIKE AND GOOGLE?
Nike and Google have teamed up to develop a unique technological solution bringing Nike Hyper Court to life. We don’t have further details to share about the agreement.

6. WHAT KIND OF CONTENT WILL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR USERS AT NIKE HYPER COURT?
– The content accessible through Nike Hyper Court is designed with a hyperlocal approach with the help of experienced and credible coaches, where some of the features will include the following:
• Athlete-inspired drills and training programs for different types of ballers. For example:
• Programs based on power, quickness and versatility on court
• Skill-enhancing tutorials in the areas of shooting, passing, handles and defense
• The best of Nike inspiration, innovation and enablement content
• Exclusive Nike athlete content

 

7. HOW IS NIKE HYPER COURT DIFFERENT TO NIKECONNECT?
– NikeConnect is an app used by scanning a chip in the NBA jerseys with a smartphone to access Global Nike contents for fans and consumers to tap into the game on and off the court with contents encompassing performance, culture, innovation and inspirational aspects of the game; whereas with Nike Hyper Court users simply connect their smartphones to Nike Hyper Court directly on site, at designated basketball courts to access mainly training-related contents to raise one’s game.
– NikeConnect can be accessed anywhere whereas the Nike Hyper Court is only accessible at designated courts.
– The NikeConnect requires access to data whereas the Nike Hyper Court is powered by Google technology, eliminating the need for high-speed data connectivity.

8. WHERE WILL NIKE HYPER COURT BE AVAILABLE?
– The Nike Hyper Court will be launched in five Barangays around Manila during this holiday season:
• Titan Love Court, BGC – LeBron James Court
• Ususan Court, Taguig – Kobe Bryant Court
• Comembo Covered Court, Makati – Kevin Durant Court
• Scarlet Homes Covered Court, Paranaque – Russell Westbrook Court
• YCL Covered Court, Quezon City – Kyrie Irving Court

9. HOW MANY USERS WILL BE ABLE TO CONNECT TO THE NIKE HYPER COURT AT A SINGLE TIME?
Under optimal circumstances, Nike Hyper Court can serve up to 60 people at one time, per court, which allows steady streaming of contents and videos.

10. WILL USERS NEED TO DOWNLOAD THE NIKECONNECT APP TO USE NIKE HYPER COURT?
No, as the two are different from a functional and technologically-driven perspective.

11. WHY WAS ARTIST / ILLUSTRATOR ARTURO TORRES PICKED TO DESIGN THE ATHLETE MURALS ON COURT?
– Arturo Torres is renowned for working on illustrations for New York Times bestseller Shea Serrano’s “The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979 Discussed, Debated and Deconstructed”. It featured more than 150 of Torres’ drawings – a blend of photorealism, as well as youthful and lively 1980s cartoons.
– With a blend of his artistic craft and tonality – vibrant and youthful – as he dimentionalizes each athlete’s life-size personality to match the murals’ scale, Torres was approached to illustrate and express his vision for Nike Hyper Court with such talent and vision that resonates with basketballers in Manila and around the globe, in addition to his familiarity with the sport while playing basketball in high school.

12. WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION AND DESIGN ARTURO TORRES HAD IN MIND TO BRING TO THE COURTS AND BALLERS IN MANILA
– Arturo wanted every single drawing to have something that represented the athletes in a way, nostalgically paying homage to his roots and affiliation towards comic-book style illustrations.
– For KD, he focused on capturing the high energy and versatility KD has in every game he plays.
– For Kyrie, he was inspired by how fast the athlete can move around players and that comes through with the wind depicted going past him in the illustration.
– Lebron James was depicted to intentionally draw parallels to the fictitious God of Thunder comic character, Thor. Hence, the lightning to amplify the effect, coupled with the athlete depicted “flying”.
– For Kobe, Torres honed in on the athlete’s ball-handling skills and his ability to remain calm in all scenarios during game-play. Hence, the depiction of smoke at the bottom of the mural.
– For Westbrook, he draws on the fiery, passionate emotion the athlete brings to the court, depicted through fire and lava.

13. WILL THERE BE MORE COURTS AROUND THE PHILIPPINES / GLOBALLY WITH THE NIKE HYPER COURT INNOVATION IMPLEMENTED?
Yes, there are plans to launch more courts in the near future.
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Nike Hyper Court offers Filipino ballers basketball training and content at no cost

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In a city where basketball is the pulse and access to data and training is limited, Nike is launching Nike Hyper Court, the first ever on-court digital experience that unlocks exclusive HD basketball content without the need for data, to inspire ballers across the city to take their game to the next level.

Turn up to one of the initial five courts across Manila and ballers can connect to Nike Hyper Court and gain free access to content, powered by Google technology, that includes training drills, elevated member activities and the best of Nike global basketball content.

Related: What you need to know about the Nike Hyper Court

“The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia. We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspects of their sport. Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and data costs,” said Nike Southeast Asia & India Senior Marketing Director, Bulbul Khera.

“Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, presents a great example of how businesses can partner with the community to customize technology and provide an original, digital solution aimed at empowering Filipino basketball players and youth across the capital. We are excited to see Nike Hyper Court use Google’s technology to change the game. This technology allows for endless possibilities on and off the court,” mentioned Miguel de Andrés-Clavera, Google Creative Technology Lead.

The content is designed with a hyperlocal approach with the help of experienced coaches. Features include drills and skills training programs addressing power, quickness and versatility tailored for different types of players, all delivered through a program that learns and makes recommendations from continuous user interaction.

 

Each of the Nike Hyper Courts in the five Barangays (districts) are visually stunning thanks to the design of Arturo Torres, internationally renowned artist known for his signature superhero themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times bestselling books. Arturo’s design for each court features an emblematic identity of five basketball superstars: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving.

“I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn. Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can’t do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong – to anyone that’s ever said no to you,” said Torres.

The first five courts are launching this holiday season:
1. Titan Love Court, BGC – LeBron James Court
2. Ususan Court, Taguig – Kobe Bryant Court
3. Comembo Covered Court, Makati – Kevin Durant Court
4. Scarlet Homes Covered Court, Paranaque – Russell Westbrook Court
5. YCL Covered Court, Quezon City – Kyrie Irving Court

Your primer for PWR Vendetta 2017

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Philippine Wrestling Revolution’s final show of 2017 is a special one because of two things: (1) PWR Vendetta is presented by the company’s first ever major sponsor Yellow Cab Pizza Co., and (2) it is PWR’s milestone 30th live show. So with that, you can expect nothing but the biggest matches and the biggest names in Philippine wrestling to headline the historic show.

Pictar turns your iPhone into a DSLR

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Indefinita Trading Inc., Philippines importer for Polaroid, Lyxpro and Pictar products, recently announced that Pictar, its highly anticipated camera-grip for the iPhone, is now shipping in the Philippines.

Pictar One can accommodate standard sized iPhones while a larger model, the Pictar One Plus, is designed to work with the plus-sized iPhones available today.

Some of Pictar’s key features include:
• Five user programmable wheels/buttons for unrivaled control over the iPhone camera
• Ergonomic slip-free grip for one-handed use
• Revolutionary communication between hardware and app via ultrasonic sounds
• Control over iPhone camera features not possible in the native app

Titan x Nike pop-up space: Celebrating basketball culture this holiday season

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Nike and basketball retailer Titan have partnered together to launch the exclusive Titan x Nike pop-up space that showcases the best of Nike & Jordan Brand innovation, services and experiences this holiday season.

Titan’s flagship store in Bonifacio Global City has been transformed into a hub for those who play, live and obsess the game with the newest Nike Basketball, Jordan Brand and hoops-inspired Nike Sportswear innovation on full display – Nike NBA jerseys with next-level access to athletes and special rewards, the Nike LeBron XV and Air Jordan XXXII and the timeless streetwear classic, the Nike Air Force 1 which celebrates its 35th year anniversary this year.

Since 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 has inspired communities, artists and musicians the world over with its basic white silhouette and endless iterations (more than 2,000 since 1982), on and off the court. The Nike Air Force 1 Low NBA celebrates the connection to the game of basketball as Nike kicks off its relationship with the NBA. Throughout the season, new Nike Air Force 1 silhouettes will also be released during Nike Air Force 1 Fridays each week, from October to mid-December. Every purchase of the Nike Air Force 1 at the Titan x Nike pop-up space comes with an exclusive pin, dubrae or chain.

Beginning November, Nike will be staging Battle Force Manila – a series of tournaments open to young Filipinos to compete in various battles across basketball, dance, music, art and style – in celebration of the game and culture of basketball at the Titan Love Court, BGC from November 4th onwards. More information on Battle Force Manila can found on https://www.titan22.com/blog/post/nike-battle-force-manila/.

The Titan x Nike Pop-up store is open Mondays through Sundays, from 11am to 10pm.

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Biggest SuperLiga Grand Prix fires off Saturday

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A record nine teams will be seeing action when the Chooks To Go Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix fires off on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Bannered by Serbians Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic as well as Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic, two-time champion Foton remains the heavy favorite while Petron, Cignal and F2 Logistics are tipped to give the powerhouse squad a serious fight.

Standhardinger leads 44 hopefuls in 2017 PBA Draft

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Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger and marquee homegrown talents Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng lead a total of 44 players who made themselves available for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft set Oct. 29at Robinson’s Place Manila.

Raymar Jose and Jett Manuel, who suited up with Chooks To Go Pilipinas with Ravena and Teng in the recent FIBA Asia Cup, also listed up for the coming draft exercise where the Kia Picanto will be No. 1 in the draft order.

Fil-foreign players Jason Perkins from La Salle and Davon Potts from San Beda are among the top prospects.

Gilas standout Kiefer Ravena declares for PBA draft

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The Phenom has decided to turn pro.

Amateur star Kiefer Ravena has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, making the announcement through his personal Twitter account on Monday.

Ravena is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming draft, which will be held on October 29, along with fellow national team members Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Raymar Jose.

Rounding out the projected top five picks are former La Salle stars Jeron Teng, who also announced his intentions the same day as Ravena, and Jason Perkins, who has been successful in the PBA D-League with the Cignal HD Spikers.

The 23-year-old Ravena served for Gilas Pilipinas in numerous international tournaments. He won gold medals donning the country’s colors in the 2015 SEABA Championship and in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Southeast Asian Games.

Just recently, Ravena led Chooks To Go Pilipinas to a fifth place finish in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup with averages of 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

Ravena became a household name during his five years with Ateneo in the UAAP. As a member of the Blue Eagles, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He is a two-time UAAP champion and two-time league MVP.

Ravena also has some sort of experience at the NBA level, having signed a contract last year in the NBA D-League, now referred to as the G-League, with the Texas Legends.

The deadline of application for the PBA draft is on Thursday.

Look: La Salle, Ateneo players wearing Nike Air Force 1s

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In celebration of the iconic sneaker’s 35th anniversary, members of the Ateneo Blue Eagles and De La Salle Green Archers wore classic colors of the shoe as they arrived for their much-anticipated match to end Round 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.

Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, Mike Nieto, Matt Nieto, Anton Asistio, and Tyler Tio wore white Air Force 1 sneakers when they arrived at the Mall of Asia Arena, while La Salle’s Ralph Tero, Andrei Caracut, Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar wore their own pairs of the classic sneaker.

Tweaking the All-Star Game: NBA says goodbye to East vs. West format

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a new All-Star Game format for NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. This will mark the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The 67th All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), with TNT televising the midseason classic for the 16th consecutive year.

“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” said NBPA President Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.”

“We’re excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players’ willingness to try something new,” said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell.

In another new feature, the 2018 All-Star teams will play for charity. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity or national organization where donations will be used to support local efforts.

The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same, with 12 players from each conference earning spots. The 10 starters – two guards and three frontcourt players per conference – will continue to be chosen by a combination of fans (50 percent of the vote), current players (25 percent) and basketball media (25 percent). The NBA’s head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. Specific details about the draft will be announced at a later date.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on Thursday, Jan. 18 and unveil the reserves on Tuesday, Jan. 23. NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off on Monday, Dec. 25 before five Christmas Day games across ESPN, ABC and TNT.

The process for determining the 2018 All-Star Game head coaches is unchanged. The head coaches whose teams clinch the best record in their respective conferences two weeks before the All-Star Game will earn the nod, though the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr and the Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens are ineligible for the honor because they coached in the 2017 All-Star Game. Each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.