Whether it’s the Atlanta Hawks’ Josh Smith wishing a fan a happy birthday, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry thanking fans for their support or Houston Rockets’ legend Hakeem Olajuwon reminiscing about a favorite championship game, egraphs are as different and distinctive as the personalities of each NBA star.

Smith, along with Hawks players Anthony Morrow and Jeff Teague, are among 70 NBA players now involved in Egraphs, a new sports and entertainment technology venture created to provide unique handwritten notes and audio messages from players to fans. The deal with the National Basketball Association doubles Egraphs’ footprint in the world of professional sports with the NBA joining Major League Baseball (MLB) as the first innovators offering fans this next-generation version of autographs. Egraphs.com is a guaranteed way to personally connect with athletes who are now live on the website.

“Egraphs is an awesome way for me to connect with fans around the country,” said Steve Novak of the New York Knicks. “My favorite part is being able to record a fun voice message that is unique and personable.”

Fans initiate the process by sending an individualized message through egraphs.com to one of the players on egraphs’ roster. The player opens the message and then uses a custom iPad app to respond, making the whole process interactive, fun, and tailor-made for each recipient. Those receiving an egraph will get a personalized and authenticated written and audio message – along with a hand-picked high-resolution digital photograph – that can be shared online and offline. Egraphs range in price from $25 to $115. Visit http://www.egraphs.com for more information.

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