According to latest rumours, NBA is planning to hold a players-only NBA 2K tournament really soon, which should include the likes of Kevin Durant and Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell. ESPN is being named as the official broadcaster.
As reported by Yahoo! Sports, the NBA is gunning for this Friday and a 16-player tournament that's supposed to last 10 days. We suppose this refers to Friday, 3 April 2020.
Among the players said to be included in the tournament are Durant, Mitchell, four-time All-Star player DeMarcus Cousins and two-time All-Star Andre Drummond. That said, there should be more big names included until the official start.
At the moment there's no official word, neither from the NBA or 2K Games, but we expect to hear more pretty soon, especially if the Friday launch is true. We're yet to find out about the actual format of the competition and whether it will follow the official rules.
What's particularly encouraging is ESPN's inclusion, as the outlet was named as the official broadcaster. We're saying that because ESPN exposure brings a certain aura of almost royal legitimacy.
It's pretty clear that the NBA is trying to find a way to bring some basketball action to hungry fans, who have been starved of their favourite sports action due to the coronavirus pandemic. If there's any silver lining to be found here, it's the number of sports whose gaming and real-world versions were brought together is constantly growing.
You may know that Formula 1 launched the F1 Virtual Grand Prix recently, in an almost identical initiative that's aimed at fans and entertainment. With a number of actual stars taking part in the races, Formula 1 fans definitely have a lot to look forward to. Hopefully, NBA fans do too.
Source, Yahoo! Sports .