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In promoting the NBA 2K15 video game, Shaquille O'Neal drops some heavy hypotheticals, the kind you usually hear in sports bar or on talk radio. Shaq ditches his usual mumble and gives us his best coming-attractions voice as he booms:

"What if I had stayed in L.A.? How many championships could we have won?"

"What if the Pistons had drafted Carmelo Anthony?"

"What if Kevin Durant was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2007 draft?"

"What if Steph Curry dropped one more draft spot -- to the Knicks?"

Clearly the premise of the game is that the user can make all this happen. As an example, the trailer shows Michael Jordan joined in Bulls uniforms by Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlain, so apparently time travel is also a feature.

Technology is pretty advanced these days, but sometimes that angers baseball traditionalists who tell their friends and family to "stop texting" during the game and just enjoy it.

Well, a fan in Tampa Bay wants everyone to know technology can enhance the in-stadium experience for those outside the stadium. During the Rays-Blue Jays game Wednesday night, a fan was caught using his electronic device for a video chat (appears to be via Facebook) from his seat.


Amazing. Just amazing. Without even being at the game, a fan can virtually feel the Tropicana Field experience.

As for the fan in the stands, give him credit for ...

a) showing up to a then-67-72 Rays home game (the Rays lost to make it 73 losses),
b) bringing headphones to hear his friend in a venue formerly known as the Thunderdome,
c) pointing the device's camera toward the field to give his friend the best view,
d) apparently not caring whether this was a violation of MLB policy in which "any rebroadcast, reproduction, or other use of the pictures and accounts of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is prohibited."

Of course, the man back home missed out on ballpark essentials such as hot dogs, beer and peanut scent. But otherwise, he probably had a basic idea of the Tropicana Field mood for the night without a ticket, a TV or a digital subscription.

If you'd like a more detailed account of a Rays home game, check out what one photographer did in St. Petersburg as part of his project to shoot a game from every MLB stadium this season.

Kobe Bryant has seen and done just about everything during the course of his magnificent basketball career, so when the Black Mamba is impressed by something, that's a good clue for the rest of us to take notice.

During a recent trip to China, Bryant helped Nike debut a new LED court that resembles a video game with its technology and design. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar admits that he didn't even know that what he experienced was possible.

As you can see, the court is more than just eye candy. The interactive lightning will help with practices and training, and from there the possibilities are endless.

According to Dezeen Magazine, the floor has motion sensors to track the movement of players:

The court can lay out sets of moves for individual people, create drills based on Bryant's training programme that are adapted for the court, and respond to mistakes as well as display performance stats. ... When not in use for training and games, the LED surface can display almost any combination of moving images, graphics and colours.

As a tribute to Kobe, the court is located in a training facility called the House of Mamba in Shanghai. It is part of Nike's "Rise" initiative with youth players in China, which gives them a chance to get on the floor with Kobe, LeBron James and other NBA stars, in advance of its World Basketball Festival in Barcelona in September.

Like many presidents before him, Barack Obama is an avid golfer. He plays on vacation in Hawaii and he plays in the Washington D.C. area with other politicians.

It is also no secret Obama is a perfectionist.

Put these two things together and it only figures that Obama would be using Game Golf, a technological system that allows users to track the distance and other aspects of their golf swing. Users simply place a button at the butt of the club, which is synched with a matching button designed to be worn on a belt. After the round, users can review the ins and outs of their swings on a computer.

Photos from POTUS' recent trip to Martha's Vineyard appear to show Obama outfitted with this contraption.

During a round on Aug. 9 with former NFL star Ahmad Rashad and Cyrus Walker, cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, the belt piece can be seen in a picture of Obama on the green:

The club piece appears to be on the butt of Obama's putter during an Aug. 10 round:

And then on a wood on Aug. 12:

From Business Insider, this is an example of what the left-handed president may see when he puts the Game Golf technology into the computer:

Before anyone gets too excited, it is important to note, Obama does not appear to wear the belt piece during the second and third round of his vacation. He could have decided to stop using Game Golf, which has raised over $280,000 on its Indiegogo page, after one round. Or the belt piece could be hiding in his bag, and he thought it was uncomfortable to have on his belt.

Obama is noted as a competitive athlete when he steps on a golf course or basketball court. There are certain people Obama wants to get a leg up on, such as this guy he played golf with in 2011:

It's no secret that Tinder, the mobile dating app, is quite popular among pro athletes.

So perhaps it should be no surprise that a bunch of New York Jets are using Tinder. According to the Wall Street Journal, at least 11 Jets players had active profiles as of late July.

A Tinder user in the upstate New York town of Cortland might have a hard time recognizing the Jets, however, as a few of them make no mention of the fact that they're professional football players.

Right tackle Breno Giacomini, who won the Super Bowl last season as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, presumably would have an easy time finding a date. But according to Stu Woo and Anna Russell of the Journal, he initially tells women he's a construction worker. The idea is to make sure his matches are interested in him, not his fame and fortune.

"When I do find somebody, I want it to be real," Giacomini said.

Giacomini actually does some construction -- when he returns home in the offseason he helps his father with projects. But it doesn't take women long to see that the 6-foot-7, 318-pound Giacomini might have another job.

"After a while, it's, 'Hey, how come this guy wants to take a picture with you?'" he said of the response when he meets a woman in person. "And it's like, 'Well, they think I play football or something.'"

Many of Giacomini's teammates, however, don't bother hiding their job. In fact, first-round Calvin Pryor's photos showed him celebrating at the NFL draft.

Surely the Jets aren't the only professional athletes who are using Twitter, but the reveal that Rex Ryan's players are using the dating app has prompted some funny, if predictable, jokes:





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