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Now it’s NBA teams using GPS units in practice

by GPS4US 2013-08-19 15:18

The GPS sports revolution continues, seemingly at an astonishing pace.

 Now comes word that eight NBA teams are experimenting with GPS units during practice. We’ve previously reported on the NFL’s use of GPS trackers to track the running distance and speed of injured players during practice. Now the NBA is getting into the game. No surprise, too, that the leader of the pack is Mark Cuban, the forward-thinking billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

 Among the eight teams that hope to find hidden data gems in GPS tracking are the Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. The other four teams are unknown.

 “We just want to be able to get smarter about our players and how to train them and how to put them in a position to succeed,” Cuban said, according to NBA.com. “So that’s just one component of a lot of different things that we’re doing.

 The device, about the size of a beeper, fits inside a pouch on the back of the player’s jersey, and records a player’s every movement. It measures, among other things, velocity, change of direction and heart rate. Cuban is considering using the GPS trackers during a preseason game in October. He says the NBA hasn’t yet squashed that plan. 

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