NBA is back but in Video Games
NBA fans will be able to see some of their favorite players competing again soon. It just won’t be on the court in a real game.
NBA IS BACK BUT ON VIDEO GAMES
The league is planning an NBA 2K tournament for NBA players only. The tournament, which will include 16 of the NBA’s best “video players,” will be broadcast on ESPN from Friday.
The tournament will last 10 days and will include 16 players: Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks), Chester native Derrick Jones (Miami Heat), Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns ), free agent DeMarcus Cousins, Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Hassan Whiteside (Portland Trail Blazers), Pat Beverley and Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards), Michael Porter (Denver Nuggets), Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), and Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers).
All NBA games were suspended on March 11 following the announcement that the Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the coronavirus. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the next day that the league would be suspended for at least 30 days. However, the NBA may not return to active until June at the earliest.
The NBA could lose about $ 500 million in box office revenue if the season is canceled, according to reports. Three anonymous members of the Sixers also tested positive for the COVID-19. On Saturday, the New York Knicks announced that James Dolan, owner of the franchise and executive president of the Madison Square Garden Company, was also infected with coronavirus.
However, Gobert and his Jazz Mitchell teammate are among the players who were recently released after being diagnosed, along with Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons, Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and two unidentified players from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Former NBA player Jason Collins also revealed last week that he tested positive. He called on people to stay safe and continue to practice social detachment. The 41-year-old former player also thanked health workers. He dubbed them true heroes on the front lines.