The Olympics had an unlikely star of the show when a robot hit shots from anywhere on the court.
Players like Kevin Durant struggled and it’s quite obvious to everyone watching that this Team USA squad simply doesn’t have the chemistry necessary to go far in the tournament. Unless things turn around quickly, there is a good shot this team is eliminated early on.
As for the halftime entertainment, fans were greeted by a seven-foot robot that is programmed to take shots from the free-throw line, the three-point line, and even the halfcourt line. This robot originally made its debut back in 2019 and it has returned in time for the Tokyo Olympics. In the video clips below, you can see the robot makes each shot with ease and it always results in a swoosh. Needless to say, the programmers outdid themselves with this one.
Get this robot in the NBA immediately pic.twitter.com/ERJf52dxBX
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 25, 2021
Robots are taking free throws at the #TokyoOlympics.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 25, 2021
This robot has a very uncanny feel to it and you can’t help but be just a bit terrified at how accurately it shoots the ball. As many fans pointed out, this thing needs to be destroyed, and we can’t help but agree with that sentiment.
You can see the reactions to the robot down below.
A 7-foot Japanese animatronic robot just swished a free throw, a 3-pointer & a halfcourt shot in succession at halftime of this USA-France game and I'm shook.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 25, 2021
Who has better shooting form? 🏀
This robot Michael Scott pic.twitter.com/chxoqTlrEn
— Peacock (@peacockTV) July 25, 2021
50yrs from now LeBron's grandson will be getting swept in the playoffs by a team of robots. https://t.co/rtGjh3KnIY
— General Maxwell Schnauzer (@Rodent_Assassin) July 25, 2021