While the NBA remains on an indefinite hiatus, fans are getting antsy. And to help those of us who have no idea what to do with ourselves when there aren’t any sports, several networks (and the league, itself) are teaming up to give you, well … something.
Yahoo Sports reports that ESPN is planning an actual NBA 2K Tournament (like … the video game) with some of the league’s biggest players!
Check it out:
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 31, 2020
Yep. Just one day after announcing their plans to release The Last Dance documentary early, ESPN is apparently also planning to start airing a video game competition this Friday. Top-talent like Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, Andre Drummond, and several others will reportedly face-off in a 16-player, 10-day tournament.
Considering how desperate I am for anything close to real sports, count me all the way in. I’m sure a lot of the logistics are still being figured out, but I have to assume we’ll be able to watch the two players spew some trash talk during the broadcast. I want things to get verbally chippy!
Also, I’m curious if each player will have to play with their respective team? Is it weird or super cool to play with your own character?
We know Coby White’s thoughts on the matter:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 15, 2020
Speaking of which, the NBA better hit up this man to be in the tourney! COBY WHITE FOR MVP!
UPDATE (11:48) – Matchups released!
Kevin Durant’s media company The Boardroom released the tournament’s first-round matchups this morning. The 16-player field is filled with plenty of notable names … including Chicago Bulls star and video-game aficionado Zach LaVine!
— The Boardroom (@boardroom) March 31, 2020
Apparently, players were seeded by their 2K rating as well as their experience level in the league. LaVine – believe it or not – checks in at a familiar No. 7-overall (did they do that on purpose?). The six-year veteran will face off against second-year player DeAndre Ayton, who for some reason has the same rating as LaVine with an 85 overall. Time to show that youngster who’s boss, Zach! The tournament starts Friday!