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The NBA just invested in this hot AI startup to train and find its next crop of global superstars


Today, the AI-powered basketball training app HomeCourt is being drafted by the NBA to help it find and develop the next Williamson. The NBA has announced a new partnership with HomeCourt that uses the app's technology to develop and train players at all skill levels, making it an integral part of the league's youth basketball development initiatives around the world. In addition, the league is making a strategic investment in Nex Team, the San Jose-based startup behind HomeCourt as part of its $8.5 millon series A funding round. Other investors include Will Smith's Dreamers Fund, the Alibaba Entrepreneurship Fund, and a laundry list of pro ballers, including Al Horford, Sue Bird, Bradley Beal, and the Plumlee brothers (Mason and Miles), all of whom join Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Brooklyn Nets co-owner (and Alibaba executive vice chairman) Joe Tsai, both of whom also invested in Nex Team's seed round last summer. In the year since its launched, HomeCourt has logged more than 25 million shots, 20 million dribbles, 3.5 million minutes, with users across 170 countries.