A new partnership between the Sacramento Kings and the driving app Waze is bringing an unexpected gift to your phone's navigation: The silky Serbian voice of Vlade Divac.

NBA fans know Divac as one of the better centers in his day, and also, arguably, the greatest flopper in league history. Now, Divac works as a front office executive for the Kings. And thanks to the partnership, he lent his own voice to a recording session that will allow Waze app users to have him navigate for them in either English or Serbian.

The app, which has various voice options, is available on iOS and Android.

This type of innovative partnership isn't too surprising for the Kings, particularly since team owner Vivek Ranadive built his fortune in the tech industry and seems determined to continue integrating technology into the fan experience. Earlier this month, he talked to ThePostGame about how he sees emerging technologies, like facial recognition, transforming the experience of attending an NBA game:

Patrick Whaley had been experimenting with the idea of a weighted compression top since he was a skinny elementary school student. He'd overstuff his backpack, trying to gain muscle mass, only to realize that it hurt his shoulder more than anything.

Whaley developed prototypes for this shirt/jacket in middle school and continued to refine it in high school, but he was still missing a few pieces. He went to Georgia Tech to study mechanical Engineering, biomechanics and kinesiology. As he juggled with other inventions, his compression idea took a back seat.

It eventually got made, and now Whaley's compression gear is patented and worn by professional athletes like Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks and Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox. But the craziest part of Whaley's story isn't that he turned a childhood idea into an actual business. It's that the gear helped him recover from a near-fatal gunshot wound, which inspired him to think big with his product.

May 4, 2009, was the day that changed Whaley’s life.

He was still attending Georgia Tech, and It was move-in day at his new Atlanta apartment. Whaley was carrying the third or fourth load when he heard footsteps. Three armed gunmen approached him and asked for his wallet and phone. He stared down the barrel of the gun when the trigger went off.

"I reached out and went to go take the gun and get control of the gun," Whaley said. “The gun went off and my chest was basically left for dead."

The bullet went through his lungs, liver and inferior vena cava in his back. It took six months of recovery, but without his weighted compression shirt, which he named TITIN, he said it could have been longer.

"You go from being someone that, [6-foot, 4-inches], 215 pounds, I'm trying to perfect my body with everything I do and everything I eat, to now I can’t even stand up straight," Whaley said. "I wanted something that I could use on a daily basis, and I found that my TITIN shirt was the best way to recover. To this day, I believe that it was the one thing that has brought me back to life."

Once he recovered to full strength, Whaley knew he wanted to commit to TITIN, which featured gel inserts that match the density of human muscles.

Whaley focused on marketing and commercializing TITIN, going to enterprise competitions around the country and gained valuable visibility.

TITIN's success garnered attention from ABC show "Shark Tank," which invites entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a panel of five business executives in hopes of a deal. Whaley made his appearance with TITIN last year.

"You walk on set and it’s pretty nerve-wracking," Whaley said. "You get in front of five extremely wealthy investors and business entrepreneurs in their own right. I think the last thing that I thought of before I went on set was, 'Just talk to them like their human beings. Just talk to them they’re just like you and me.’”

He began his pitch asking the "sharks" for $500,000 in return for a 5 percent equity stake in TITIN. The asking surprised the sharks, but Whaley told them he'd grown TITIN's revenue from $10,000 monthly in 2013 to upwards of $1 million a month by the time of filming in the fall of 2014.

Still, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did not buy into Whaley’s pitch. Neither did Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner. However, FUBU CEO Daymond John said he instantly related with Whaley.

"I used to wear one of those traditional weighted vests and I was walking to the gym," John said. "I walked for three weeks back and forth to the gym not realizing that I had a double hernia by the time I was done because the weights wouldn’t shift with my body. … When I touched this TITIN tech, I said, 'This stuff is tight and it moves with your body. It's just like extra muscle.'"

John, who partners with some CrossFit gyms in New York City, saw Whaley's vision and knew he wanted to invest. Whaley told the sharks that he needed to re-stock his inventory because TITIN was selling out quickly and John bought in.

"If you have a shortage in inventory, that means you have a high demand,” John said. "We hear a lot of 'Why did you need the money? Well, I want to do some great advertising.’ When you hear great advertising, what does that mean? I don’t have enough customers. It’s the exact opposite when you go 'I’m out of inventory and I have orders waiting.'"

Even though fellow shark Kevin O'Leary had a higher bid, John's promise to handle inventory sealed the deal for Whaley.

"I was trying to keep my mind open, so I wasn’t looking for one person over another," Whaley said. "I wanted someone that believed in me. … "I could tell that he understood the problem. He understood that TITIN and saw its need."

Whaley accepted John's offer of $500,000 for a 20 percent stake in the company, and they began working after a six-month negotiation period ended. With Whaley and John, TITIN continues to grow with the calling card of being the only patented weight compression gear.

Although he already has pro stars using his product, Whaley said the next step will be geared toward the rest of us.

"I think the future is bright," he said. “As we grow, we’re going to start getting into the mass market and the average consumer. … That’s the exciting part of what we do, is that we’re trying to be as fit as we possibly can and TITIN will be there to help you do it."

Baseball is America's Pastime. On Monday, it could not have been more present.

A TechCrunch story Wednesday revealed MLB streaming numbers were up 60 percent on Opening Day. A total 60 million people used mediums other than television, including MLB.com, MLB.tv, the MLB At Bat mobile app and MLB.com social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

MLB has long been ahead of its four major sports competitors when it comes to streaming. MLB.tv was founded way back in 2002 before online streaming was well, mainstream. The streaming site allows baseball fans to have access to every game in the country for a monthly or yearly rate. The MLB At Bat app allows MLB.tv to go mobile.

Bob Bowman, President, MLB Business and Media, does not only owe this year's Opening Day numbers to changing technology and opinion to streaming. A change in the MLB commissioner's office is helping stimulate the streaming business.

“I loved [former commissioner] Bud Selig, but having [Rob] Manfred who understands and relies on digital media is [a big change]. We have spoken about this and we want to press the advantage,” Bowman said.

Bowman referenced the increase of millennials in the overall fan base due to coming of age and the desire to consume streamed games. He also hypothesized the considerably cold winter in places such as New England and the Midwest has baseball fans itching to watch the warm weather sport.

These numbers will not hold past opening day -– 9 million people will not log onto the MLB At Bat app everyday – but for now, this is a success for a league supposedly having trouble gaining new fans.

A Euroleague basketball team is set to bring fans an entirely new perspective on their favorite players.

On Friday a few players from the Lithuanian club Zalgiris Kaunas are set to wear cameras embedded in their jerseys for the team's matchup with Real Madrid. The technology is a collaboration between Euroleague Basketball, Canal + and First Vision Cam.

First Vision Cam is a Spanish tech startup that counts as investors Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Barcelona soccer star Andres Iniesta.

"Having used jersey cams on referees before, we have seen a unique perspective on the game that will be even more fascinating when the players are the ones wearing cameras," said Alex Ferrer Kristjansson, the Brand & Communication Director for Euroleague Basketball.

Zalgiris Kaunas tested the cameras in practice and they were well received by the players.

Teams in both the Euroleague and the NBA have tested wearable cameras, notably Google Glass. Here's a look at the Sacramento Kings wearing the lens cameras:

When Zalgiris center Robertas Javtokas and guard Edgaras Ulanovas wear the cameras on Friday, they will become the first basketball players ever to wear jersey cameras in a competition.

It has been just six years since the Dallas Cowboys opened "Jerry's World," a stadium that houses 110,000 fans, sports a retractable roof and, at the time, featured the largest high definition video display in human history.

The construction of the Arlington mega-stadium sparked competition that fans will appreciate for decades. The benchmark for stadiums was set again when the 49ers unveiled its new home last July. With its Silicon Valley sponsors and goal of being the "greenest stadium ever," Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara reflected the way the fan experience was changing. Technology, environmentalism and live entertainment were merging.

Now it's the Atlanta Falcons' turn to raise the bar.

The replacement for the Georgia Dome is set to be completed in 2017 and will also be home to an MLS expansion team. The plan is for the Falcons to host a Super Bowl by 2020.

"You don't just build a world-class stadium not to host the Super Bowl," says Mike Gomes, the Falcons' new senior vice president for fan experience. "We are making it clear that we are ready to host world-class events."

A partnership between IBM and Arthur M. Blank Sports and Entertainment (parent company of the Falcons) is part of that preparation.

"Arthur and the leadership here want to change the entertainment game," says Gomes, a former Disney executive.

Plans for the yet-to-be-named stadium include a retractable roof, more than 2,000 video displays, a tech lounge equipped for fantasy football enthusiasts, and a "smart" stadium environment interconnected through IBM network technologies.

But the crown jewel is expected to be an HD video Halo Board that measures 63,000 square foot (five stories tall).

"I'm super excited as a fan, and a partner, to see that Halo Board," says Shannon Miller, head of global strategy at IBM. "It's the largest screen in the world and to see what we can do with our technology platform to drive content on it, I am really excited."

With a revolutionary 360-degree design, the board is intended to give every viewer a unique visual experience by circling the stadium. This behemoth should be more than enough to make Jerry Jones envious.

Without unveiling too much of what AMBSE has in store for its fans, Gomes says the fan experience at the new stadium will be increasingly unique to the individual and cater to their desires in the digital age.

"With Netflix, Amazon or Facebook, it is highly personalized to the individual, but it has never been done with the stadium experience," Gomes says. "That is what we are working on.

"We want it to be so immersive, so compelling, so entertaining that the thought of watching it from home doesn't compare."

The new stadium will be located just 84 feet from the soon-to-be obsolete Georgia Dome, a location that resonates with those at AMBSE. Rather than construct the new stadium in miles away in the suburbs (which is what the Atlanta Braves are doing), Blank and AMBSE wanted the structure in the heart of Atlanta, so it could help with things such as job creation and a commitment to sustainability.

"You would like to be recognized for the loyalty you have given," Gomes says.

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