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

Nike caps LeBron James’ Manila tour with Soldier 11 ’Silver Bullet’ colorway

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With the Air Max 97 being one of the most iconic Air Max sneakers in Nike’s history, the Swoosh is honoring LeBron James’ visit to Manila by releasing the Zoom Soldier XI in one of its first and original colorways, , the ‘Silver Bullet.’

The Air Max 97, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, in one of its most famous OG colors is the inspiration for this latest version of the Soldier XI.

This iteration of LeBron’s go-to shoe for the 2017 championship series features reflective accents, a metallic silver upper together with some hints of red, white, and black on the collar, heel, midsole and outsole while maintaining that superior lockdown and responsiveness enabled through the Zoom Air units when worn on the court. It will ignite speed and power to unleash your ultimate game.

The Soldier XI ‘Silver Bullet’ is the third and final of the limited shoe launches tied to the LeBron James Tour Manila 2017.

Serving as the perfect send-off for the King as he departs Manila, the shoe is set to release in limited quantities exclusively on Sunday, September 3 at Nike Park Fort at 11AM. First come, first served.

The shoe will be released in limited quantities and will retail for P7,195.

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Gilas Pilipinas to wear limited edition LeBron 14 ‘Agimat’ for SEABA

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Filipino culture is rich in myth and magic. Even until today, many Filipinos believe in charms, amulets and talismans that offer good fortune, protection and sometimes, superhuman strength.

This Pinoy belief in spirit and divine power inspired Nike to create a limited edition LeBron 14 signature shoe, called Agimat. The LeBron 14 is the latest in LeBron James’ signature basketball shoe line, which features a midsole cushioning system that makes it not just the sleekest but also fastest LeBron shoe to date.

LeBron James praises Brandon Ingram: ‘Kid has a lot of talent’

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It seems like Brandon Ingram is finally hitting his stride in the second half of his first year in the NBA. after posting double digits in scoring in the Lakers’ last eight games.

Despite his team going 1-7 in that stretch, Ingram has shown a lot of improvement, averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 blocks per game. He also shot 52% from the field over that eight-game span.

LeBron James, Russell Westbrook named NBA Players of the Month for February

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

The Cavaliers were 9-1 with James in the lineup in February (9-2 overall) as the 32-year-old forward averaged 25.9 points (third in the East), 10.6 assists (second in the East) and 7.2 rebounds. He shot 63.7 percent from the field (second in the conference) and 56.8 percent from three-point range (fourth in the conference), his highest percentages for any month this season.

James scored at least 20 points in eight of his 10 games and dished out 10 or more assists six times on his way to averaging the most assists for any month in his 14-year career. During a 111-104 victory against the New York Knicks on Feb. 4, James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 28,000 points.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double of 33.4 points (first in the NBA), 11.0 rebounds (tied for fifth in the West) and 10.0 assists (fifth in the NBA) as the Thunder went 7-4 for the month, including wins over the Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz. The 28-year-old guard posted six triple-doubles to improve his league-leading total to 30.

Oscar Robertson (41 in 1961-62) and Wilt Chamberlain (31 in 1967-68) are the only players to record more triple-doubles in a season than Westbrook, who leads all active players with 67 for his career. In a 110-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 24, Westbrook became the third player in the last 40 years to tally at least 17 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists in a game, joining Magic Johnson (1989) and Rajon Rondo (2012).

Here is a closer look at February for James and Westbrook:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Feb. 6 @ Washington: Dished out a career-high 17 assists and scored 32 points in a 140-135 overtime victory against the Wizards.
  • Feb. 11 vs. Denver: Tallied 27 points, 12 assists and five rebounds in a 125-109 win over the Nuggets.
  • Feb. 23 vs. New York: Recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in a 119-104 win over the Knicks.

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Feb. 3 vs. Memphis: Finished with 38 points (17-of-17 free throws), 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 114-102 win over the Grizzlies.
  • Feb. 9 vs. Cleveland: Posted 29 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in a 118-109 victory against the Cavaliers.
  • Feb. 28 vs. Utah: Made six three-pointers and finished with 43 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a 109-106 win over the Jazz.

Other nominees for the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, the LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Miami’s Goran Dragic, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Washington’s John Wall.

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Look: 2017 NBA All-Star uniforms

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The NBA All-Star Weekend is nearing and adidas decided to reveal the uniforms the players will wear for the midseason spectacle.

Charcoal and red for the West. Grey and blue for the East.

It looks stale and boring to me. But what do I know, right?

I’m pretty sure the uniforms next year will be better designed when Nike takes over as the league’s official outfitter.

On a related note, the NBA also released today the results of the first fan returns of the NBA All-Star voting.

Cavs’ duo LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lead the East with 595,288 and 543,030 votes, respectively.

Spearheading the West is another pair of teammates, Warriors’ Kevin Durant (541,209) and Steph Curry (523,597).

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Memorable moments from the NBA on Christmas Day

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The NBA began playing games on Christmas Day in 1947. This year marks the 69th time with NBA games on the holiday. Here is a look at some memorable moments from NBA Christmases past.

1961

Wilt Chamberlain scored 59 points and grabbed 36 rebounds but his Philadelphia Warriors lost to the New York Knicks 136-135 in double overtime. The rebounding total remains a Christmas record and the scoring total was a Christmas record for 23 years.

1972

Nate “Tiny” Archibald of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings equaled a Christmas Day record with 18 assists in a 104-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972. Archibald’s performance was part of a season in which he became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists. The Hall of Famer remains the only player to accomplish the feat, but Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden of the Houston Rockets rank among the league leaders in both categories this season. Westbrook will play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Christmas Day this year.

1984

The greatest individual scoring performance in Christmas Day history came in 1984, when Hall of Fame forward Bernard King of the New York Knicks scored 60 points in a 120-114 loss to the New Jersey Nets. King became the third player to score at least 50 points on Christmas, joining Wilt Chamberlain (59 points in 1961) and Rick Barry (50 points in 1966).

1985

Rookie Patrick Ewing (32 points, 11 rebounds) and the New York Knicks rallied from a 25-point deficit to stun the mighty Boston Celtics 113-104 in double overtime. This was a massive upset as the rebuilding Knicks finished the season 23-59 under current ESPN analyst Hubie Brown and the Celtics went 67-15 en route to winning the NBA championship. New York and Boston will meet on Christmas Day this year.

1986

Patrick Ewing’s put-back at the buzzer gave the New York Knicks an 86-85 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan scored 30 points in his first Christmas Day appearance.

1994

With Michael Jordan in retirement, Scottie Pippen powered the Chicago Bulls to a 107-104 overtime win against the New York Knicks. Pippen played all 53 minutes and had 36 points, 16 rebounds and five steals. He scored all seven of Chicago’s points in overtime and blocked two last-second shots to seal the victory.

1995

For the first time in NBA history, the teams from the previous season’s Finals met on Christmas Day the next season. Penny Hardaway scored 22 points, including the game-winning shot with three seconds left, as the Orlando Magic defeated the defending champion Houston Rockets 92-90. In a matchup of star centers, Orlando’s Shaquille O’Neal had 22 points, 18 rebounds and five assists and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon notched 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

2003

Tracy McGrady outdueled rookie phenom LeBron James to lead the Orlando Magic past the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-101 in overtime. McGrady finished with 41 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. James dazzled in his Christmas Day debut, finishing with 34 points and six assists.

2004

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal meet for the first time since Shaq’s trade to the Miami Heat the previous offseason. The matchup lived up to expectations as the Heat extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 104-102 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, overcoming Bryant’s 42 points behind double-doubles from O’Neal (24 points, 11 rebounds) and Dwyane Wade (29 points, 10 assists).

2008

In a rematch of the previous season’s Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the defending champion Boston Celtics’ 19-game winning streak with a 92-83 victory. Phil Jackson recorded his 1,000th victory, the sixth coach at the time to reach the milestone.

2010

In his first Christmas Day game with the Miami Heat, LeBron James recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 96-80 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. James is one of five players with a triple-double on Christmas Day, along with Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Billy Cunningham and Russell Westbrook.

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Jay-Z introduces LeBron at SI Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show

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Sports Illustrated hosted its annual awards gala on Tuesday to celebrate the year in sports and recognize the top athletes of 2016.

LeBron James was honored as the 2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first franchise NBA championship when they defeated the Warriors in last season’s NBA finals.

The man who introduced the Cavs superstar was his friend and music icon Jay-Z.

The rap mogul said LeBron James “lived up to and in most cases exceeded our very high expectations of him.”

Jay-Z also praised James for all his charitable works and the help he gave to communities.

“You messed around and got a triple-double in real life,” he said in jest.

Watch Jay-Z’s intro starting at the 1:43:00 mark: