BCTV’s Alyonka Larionov went around during last week’s introductory press conference wearing Google Glass and got a few of the players, including Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Tyshawn Taylor, got to try the glasses out. Larionov said that her favorite part was her interaction with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, which was funny when he refused to try them on, but Jason Kidd had an interesting comment about the new technology.
“How weird is that?” Kidd wondered when he first tried them on. “Will they help me during coaching if I need a replay?”
Obviously the NBA would not allow a coach to wear Google Glass during a game anytime soon, but he does bring up a good point. As technology increases sports have been right at the forefront, like using instant replay during games and players using video after to help them practice. It could get to a point where the Google Glass technology gets to a point where the idea of a coach using it during a game might not be so far fetched.
It’s probably still many years away from happening, if it happens at all, but it’s something interesting to think about. We’ll probably never get to the point where a player could wear them in-game, but a coach could. We already see them with iPads on the sidelines and it would allow him quicker access and better insight into exactly how the opposing team is playing them. That would allow them to make changes on the fly easier and faster.
What do you think? Should we expect coaches to begin wearing Google Glass anytime soon? My guess is probably not.
Watch Larionov’s video: