"Alexa, who's going to be named the league's most valuable player? Will it be the Houston Rockets' James Harden, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, or will the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook win the award for a second straight year?
"Oh, and Alexa, will the Philadelphia 76ers' finally make the playoffs after years of being the worst pro basketball team on the planet?!"
While those questions will be answered throughout this upcoming NBA season, fans can ask Amazon's smart speaker plenty of other basketball-related questions. The league said Monday all 30 of its teams will launch Alexa skills this season, becoming the first pro sports league with every club on the Amazon platform.
You can already ask Amazon's voice assistant for the latest on your favorite NBA team, including scores, stats and other tidbits., among other skills. Now you can also ask
The NBA partnership comes as Amazon is becoming a bigger player in sports. The e-commerce giant reportedly paid $50 million to Apple, which has promised to deliver its first-ever product in the category -- the HomePod -- in December.this season. An Amazon executive called its debut broadcast two weeks ago Amazon is also trying to keep its lead in the smart speaker market against speakers, and
Amazon controls 70 percent of the smart speaker market, according to eMarketer, with Google a distant second. CEO Jeff Bezos has continued Amazon's assault, releasing five in September that range in price from $35 to $150.
As for the Warriors winning back-to-back titles? Alexa may say that 93 percent of NBA general managers think so, according to a recent survey. But CBS Sports' analyst and ex-NBA All-Star Rip Hamilton thinks the Cavaliers will win their second NBA title in three seasons.
As for MVP, maybe it's the Cavs' LeBron James, if we're going by the NBA GM survey. Or maybe Alexa.
And, will the 76ers make the playoffs? Well, maybe their fans believe the team's tired catchphrase, "Trust The Process," in which the 76ers seemingly lost some games on purpose for the past four seasons to draft better players with the goal of becoming a better team.
Perhaps we should ask Alexa about that.
First published Oct. 9, 11:00 a.m. PT.
Update, 1:52 p.m. PT: Mentions Amazon's NFL streaming deal.
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