We Experienced The 2016 NBA Finals In Virtual Reality, And It Was More Amazing Than You Could Imagine

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There are few things in this world as spectacular to behold as LeBron James coming from behind to block Andre Iguodala in the final few minutes of Game 7 during the 2016 NBA Finals. In the 3D Virtual Reality movie the NBA and Oculus released today, “FOLLOW MY LEAD: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals,” the play signifies the turning point of their seven-game chronicle. But the 23-plus minutes of footage leading up to that play only augments its iconic status.

At multiple points I got chills while watching a sneak peek of the new m ss ng p eces-produced film on Tuesday at Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue NBA Store, and that’s despite the fact we’ve seen the game, the play, and the whole dang series multiple times since it first happened in June.

In a lot of ways, the NBA got lucky. The finals went seven games and featured redemption from the year earlier, plus a David vs. Goliath comeback. But the technological advantages of virtual reality could have turned San Antonio’s 4-0 sweep of LeBron’s Cavs during the 2007 Finals into a must-watch experience. That’s the very real power of VR.

Here’s what we mean.

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