Lenovo announced today that their notebooks and Tablet PCs have supported all courtside and behind-the-scenes operations throughout the entire 2006-07 NBA season, and served as the backbone to the NBA’s most technologically advanced season yet.
That’s right, Lenovo has been living it up in the world of sports, by taking part in the NBA finals and back in May they sponsored an Indy Car for the Indianapolis 500. Their notebooks and Tablet PCs have been traveling all over the country to bring new technology courtside and to pit row.
Lenovo PCs were used in each of the NBA’s 29 arenas to power all of this season’s games, including the ThinkPad X60 Tablets, which collected statistics; ThinkPad T60 notebooks, which helped control the public relations display and provide referee remote support from game-to-game; and ThinkCentre M52 desktops, which supported the Stats Gateway and allowed referees to review instant replays and video.
The introduction of the Lenovo Stat this season, a new plus/minus statistic that identifies the most effective combination of teammates, launched a new era of NBA statistical analysis. Available on NBA.com and NBA TV after every regular and post-season game, the Lenovo Stat served as an innovative tool for coaches, players, scouts and fans.
For the fans watching at home, the ThinkPad touch-screen Tablet PCs recorded more than 675,000 statistical events this season in real time, supporting the NBA as it relayed them to NBA.com, the league’s 30 team web sites, NBA TV and thousands of media outlets around the world.
"The NBA is highly focused on using technology to improve the game of basketball. Lenovo has collaborated with the NBA from the first tip-off of the season to the last point in The Finals to enhance the experience for fans, coaches, officials and players," said Deepak Advani, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Lenovo. "The Lenovo Stat and Lenovo’s seamless support of all games showcase the reliability and best-of-breed thinking offered through our technologies and by our people."