MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is making good on his promise to keep the team on the cutting edge of technology.
Thursday, the Kings announced they would be the first major professional sports franchise to accept the virtual currency Bitcoin.
Later Thursday, Ranadive tweeted that the team would use Google Glass, more commonly known as wearing Google Glasses, next Friday when hosting the Indiana Pacers.
Exactly how the team will use the computer with an optical head-mounted display isn’t clear yet.
When asked about the glasses, Kings coach Michael Malone said, “I have no idea.”
Ranadive’s tweet read: “Testing complete! Kings ready to Go Glass on 1/24 vs the Pacers. See the game from an entirely new perspective.”
Some players tested them before a recent game.
Jason Thompson tried Google Glass but didn’t know what he was wearing. He borrowed the glasses from a Kings employee and was told they would record what he saw.
“I was trying them out, and I was telling everybody to talk,” Thompson said. “They said, ‘I’ll talk to you (later) when I see you, but I was like, ‘No, you’re on camera now.’ It’s just a nice, cool invention. I really don’t know how to use it, but it was recording while I was talking.”
Malone is content to coach and let the tech-savvy players and ownership sort out the fancy things.
“Google Glasses, Bitcoins – it’s like foreign stuff to me,” Malone said. “I’ve got dollars and coins; I don’t have Bitcoins. I don’t know about Google Glasses, but if Vivek is for it, I’m for it.”
Familiar face – Memphis forward James Johnson spent last season with the Kings. He signed with the Grizzlies after being cut by Atlanta after training camp and spending time in the NBA Development League.
Several Kings greeted Johnson, who looks noticeably slimmer, before the game.
Johnson had seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in Memphis’ win.
Streak continues –Isaiah Thomas has made a 3-pointer in 32 consecutive games after hitting two against the Grizzlies.
Thomas is three games from matching Peja Stojakovic for the third-longest streak in franchise history.
Mitch Richmond (39) and Stojakovic (36 and 35) have the top three streaks.