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The NBA 2K Players Tournament was created to help fill some of the void left by the absence of NBA basketball (and other sports) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We don’t know when the league will return to action, but Commissioner Adam Silver Told Ernie Johnson of TNT that he expected no decision before the end of April.
The 2K tournament, which brings together 16 NBA players competing in a knockout competition, could be reviewed across the board given its success.
Per Andrew Greif from Los Angeles Times, Tournament ” could produce future versions in which NBA players will continue to compete in front of a national audience. ”
” We are proud of what we have achieved here “, Matt Holt, Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships, NBA said Greif. “And I think we will try to do more in the future, no matter if we are in the current situation or if we have live sports again. “
Jason Argent, The senior vice president of sports strategy and licensing for NBA 2K was also pleased with the success of the tournament.
“The tournament was incredibly well received by viewers,” Argent wrote in an email to Greif. ” The most important thing for us, however, is the ability to bring competitive basketball and light fun to audiences around the world right now, and we are delighted to see them react positively. ”
The tournament is limited to four players: Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns and Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Harrell and Booker will meet Saturday at 5 p.m. AND on ESPN. Ayton and Beverley will follow at 7 p.m. and the final will be at 9 p.m.
The tournament winner will receive $ 100,000 to a charity of their choice to support COVID-19.