The Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for some bizarre antics and his latest requires the team to wear GPS devices that will track their workouts and exertion rates during summer training. Created by the Australia-based company, Catapult Sports, the device is called the OptimEye and players will attach it to their upper backs, underneath their jerseys. It tracks the player's movement as well as rates such as velocity, distance, and heart rate.
When asked about his decision to have the Mavs use the devices, Cuban said "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. So that's just one component of a lot of different things that we're doing."
While this has only been used in the NFL in the past, a few other NBA teams have also decided to use the OptimEye including the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Knicks. Catapult Sports spokesman referred to the device as an objective "dashboard" for coaches, trainers, and players to observe the workout progress of each individual player in order to promote improvement and avoid injuries.
Although the NBA has yet to approve it for regular season games, it will be largely beneficial in preparing the Mavs for a successful season. The hesitation by the NBA lies in the approval from the player's association and the fact that it will create a definite disadvantage for teams who choose not to use the device. There is no comment on the plans of approving the device from the NBA, but the OptimEye may very well become a crucial part to having a winning team in the upcoming NBA seasons.
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