Unless you’re French, the most entertaining part of today’s France-United States men’s basketball game was what happened at halftime.
During halftime, a basketball shooting robot was putting on an exhibition and was programmed to hit free throws, three pointers, and half-court shots with pinpoint accuracy. As you can see, despite it taking forever to shoot, the robot is pretty good.
Robots are taking free throws at the #TokyoOlympics.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 25, 2021
Social media had something to say about the basketball shooting robot, with jokes about who the robot resembles and where it could play.
Not a big leap from here to robot revolution. Liquid Terminator was probably awesome at basketball. https://t.co/T9M1Ynw1iW
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) July 25, 2021
A basketball-shooting robot!!!
Haven’t seen anything like it since the Spurs sent one to Toronto. pic.twitter.com/l9L7k2FDou
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) July 25, 2021
The Warriors should get a basketball robot while Steph's window is still open.
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) July 25, 2021
I liked this tweet so basketball robot doesn’t make me a human slave in 5 years when they take over https://t.co/diWLvfxEsi
— Taietsarón:sere (@tai_leclaire) July 25, 2021
The NBA playoffs have ruined me. 😆
I'm watching the video of the basketball robot shooting the free throw in Tokyo, and I start counting…
1… 2… 3… pic.twitter.com/De9OVmuUmg
— Virtual Fan in Jurassic Park 🇧🇧🇨🇦🏀 (@CondensePapi) July 25, 2021
— Ric (@RicEllis85) July 25, 2021
Ben Simmons watching the basketball robot drill these shots
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) July 25, 2021
BREAKING: Sixers just traded Ben Simmons for the basketball robot.
— DJ Joe Simon🎤 (@djjoesimon) July 25, 2021
Kawhi is no longer the only basketball robot? https://t.co/NbfKwlRlNC
— Jonathan Louis May (@jmay11) July 25, 2021
Lebron James & Kevin Durant have already reached out to the robot to form a new super team for the expansion Sonics. https://t.co/7MjTUIyRxt
— Walter Waddell (@DubDeuces85) July 25, 2021
i would like to commit a flagrant foul on the basketball robot https://t.co/kWAOgXYJ5b
— bradley babendir (@therealbradbabs) July 25, 2021
I can’t wait to bet on robot vs robot basketball in 20 years https://t.co/kUA1cahRGl
— Terrance A. (@Metropolis718) July 25, 2021
At least those watching for Team USA had a little bit of fun after seeing their team lose 83-76. Maybe they could use the robot.