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NBA Refs Should Wear Google Glass, Houston Rockets Manager Says

by Jacob Kleinman | August 19, 2013August 19, 2013 10:30 pm PST


In a recent “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) interview on Reddit, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said that outfitting NBA referees with Google Glass would be a “great idea,” though there’s no indication that the rest of the league agrees with him. Responding to one Redditor’s question, Morey—also known as Dork Elvis—responded enthusiastically to the idea, but passed the responsibility on to the NBA’s current deputy commissioner Adam Silver.

There’s a few obvious reasons that Google Glass could improve the NBA. First, when it comes to controversial calls we could always cut to video being recorded by Glass from the perspective of the nearest referee. It would also make for a pretty amazing viewing experience to watch the game through the ref’s eyes, though there are already POV systems for referees in other sports.

Google Glass has already made a few appearances in the world of professional sports, with an NFL quarterback donning the HUD device during practice. A basketball player also wore a set to record his experience at the NBA draft. However, before an entire sports league can adopt the new technology, Google will likely have to lower the price from $1,500, or at least offer some sort of high-volume discount.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...