With the entire sports world put on pause thanks to the coronavirus global pandemic, there is a huge void in the world. To fill it, professional leagues are turning to esports.
The NBA already embraced esports with the creation of the NBA 2K League, and now the league will reportedly have its stars playing NBA 2K against each other. According to Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Haynes, the NBA will hold a 16-player NBA 2K tournament that will last 10-days and will air on ESPN.
As far as which, players would be participating in the tournament, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Pat Beverly, Andre Drummond are among the many names taking part in the tourney The Boardroom revealed. Here is the bracket situation:
It’s no secret that other NBA ballers like LeBron James, Paul George, and more enjoy playing NBA 2K in their downtime, but this would definitely show which professional ballers are exceptional on the virtual hardwood as well as the real world.
Per Yahoo Sports:
With the sports landscape on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic and the federal government extending the social-distancing measure to at least April 30, the league has been forced to evaluate the safest way to bring basketball fans some action.
Players competing against their peers in the comfort of their own homes could offer a distraction for fans who are missing the game and a little competition.
The league is still finalizing some details of the tournament, sources said.
Not to be forgotten, the ladies of the WNBA are also picking up the sticks. Allisha Gray, Aerial Powers, Alexis Jones, Chelsea Gray, and Sugar Rodgers will be participating in the NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown beginning today through April 3. You can catch the action on Twitch and YouTube.
It would seem the NBA saw the success NASCAR experienced when it aired its inaugural iRacing Pro Invitational Series that drew a fantastic 903,000 viewers on FS1. If the NBA can get some big names attached to this 2K tournament, there is no reason flans won’t tune in because the league is missed immensely, and hell, we could all use some sort of escape from the ills of the world at this moment.
You can’t watch it all go down on ESPN this Friday.
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