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Rudy Gobert plays Pokemon Go at Summer League game


If you have not yet heard of “Pokemon Go,” we’re guessing you’re just returning to the country from some remote location. The smartphone game has taken millennials by storm. How popular is it? So popular that one NBA player was catching Pokemon during a Summer League game.

On Monday night, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert shared a screenshot of a Pokemon that showed up while he was sitting courtside:

Truth be told, I had to research to find out exactly what Pokemon Go is all about. You can read a great explanation here. Basically, Pokemon Go is an augmented reality version of the popular 1990s Pokemon game. The newer version uses the GPS and clock on your smartphone to give users an opportunity to capture Pokemon in the real world. In other words, the app knows where you are at all times — even when you’re watching an NBA Summer League game.

Kind of creepy, right?

If coaches thought players doing stuff like this in the middle of a game was annoying, wait until they start catching Pokemon at halftime. Then we’re really going to have a problem.


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