Orlando’s Aaron Gordon used a drone to pass him the ball, and it worked out okay.

And the assist goes to … Intel?

A remote-controlled drone made an appearance at the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday when it assisted on a dunk by the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon.

The drone, which was “powered by Intel,” dropped the ball from about 12 feet. It bounced off the hardwood, and Gordon went between the legs before stuffing it through the rim. (It was impressive, but Gordon still took last place in the contest.)

Apparently Gordon’s mom is an Intel employee.

The move was obviously a gimmick, and was played up by the announcers. Gordon even “drove” the drone down from the rafters using a big controller.

But it’s also another sign of drone technology pushing its way into the mainstream. At Lady Gaga’s halftime performance for the Super Bowl, hundreds of drones were used to look like stars in the night sky above the stadium. Drone racing even aired on ESPN back in August, the first time the sport was televised by a major media company.

Here’s the dunk:

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Author: Kurt Wagner

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