The world's oldest basketball court has iron poles in the middle of it

Basketball is famously an all-American sport (invented by a Canadian). But thanks to an odd twist of fate and the YMCA, the world's oldest surviving basketball court is actually in France. Tucked away in a neighborhood of Paris, the handsome facility has parquet floors and iron pillars running down the middle of it.… » 11/20/14 1:07pm 11/20/14 1:07pm

This Free Throw-Making Robot Could Probably Crack the 76ers Roster

What's the best way to promote the accuracy, adaptability, and reliability of your robotic arm to potential clients? Even if it's only ever destined to work on a factory floor, showing how it can wipe the floor with professional basketball players when it comes to nailing free throws is a pretty effective PR stunt. » 11/07/14 2:00pm 11/07/14 2:00pm

A bouncing basketball connects 24 different movies in this absurd video

I'm not entirely sure at what point I stopped thinking this video was incredibly stupid and started thinking it was incredibly hilarious but I think it was probably after The Big Lebowski got a hold of the basektball. And once it hits space thanks to Shaolin Soccer and Anchorman, I pretty much couldn't stop giggling. » 10/14/14 9:31pm 10/14/14 9:31pm

This perfectly timed picture is not of a solar eclipse

I know this picture looks like the Moon is passing perfectly between the Earth and the Sun. And I know it seems like the people in the picture are trying to look at the eclipse. But this picture taken by Reddit user MDPPatrick is not of a solar eclipse. It's just a perfectly timed snap of a basketball shot. » 9/23/14 12:02am 9/23/14 12:02am

Steve Ballmer Carried On Like A Maniac At The Clippers' Fan Festival

Steve Ballmer, who just bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion and is also that guy who screamed "DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS!" at a conference one time, greeted Clippers fans at a fan festival today. He spent a good portion of his speech screaming like a crazy person, obviously. » 8/18/14 6:41pm 8/18/14 6:41pm

Live Out Your Hoop Dreams Anywhere With This Wireless Basketball Set

Nerf changed the way we all played indoor basketball without a proper court; replacing trash cans and balls of paper with plastic nets and foam balls. And now you can take your scaled-down game to near NBA-caliber levels with Eastpoint's new wireless hoops and scoreboard that keeps tab on time and points complete with… » 10/22/13 10:01am 10/22/13 10:01am

The World's First Basketball Watch Tracks How Good Your Game Is

These days there's a new rumor or smartwatch announcement every time you fire up the internet. But they're all designed to work alongside a smartphone doing boring things like display caller IDs or rejecting a call. Not the Hoop Tracker. This is the first watch designed to keep track of your prowess at the rim so you… » 8/27/13 4:23pm 8/27/13 4:23pm

These Low Tops with Curved Laces Are Somehow Basketball Shoes

Kevin Durant, the best basketball player in the world who isn't a hybrid of a beast and monster, has a new pair of shoes. And it's a low top. And it has a tongue that curves. And it basically looks like a soccer shoe. But it's for basketball and they're so bizarre looking that I think I'm falling for them. » 6/27/13 10:05pm 6/27/13 10:05pm

How Far Do You Run Playing Different Sports?

While watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common question, one that's historically been subject mostly to guesswork, Thanks to some recent technological developments, though, we can now actually apply some data to it. » 4/03/13 2:20pm 4/03/13 2:20pm

The "10 Hidden Positions" in Basketball, in Beautiful Visualizations

Basketball is a complicated sport. It's got fewer traditional positions than any other team sport, but no less specialization, and far more fluid movement than many others. Two "point guards" can play drastically differently and still play the same basic position. Muthu Alagappan's research makes some sense of that. » 3/19/13 1:20pm 3/19/13 1:20pm

Inside the Camera Technology That's Changing How Basketball Is Played

That video up top is a play from a New York Knicks game agains the Toronto Raptors. It was captured and created using a video system called SportVU, which is licensed by 15 NBA teams from Stats LLC. Basically, they track where every player is for every second of every game. And for the first time, one of those teams … » 3/19/13 12:50pm 3/19/13 12:50pm