National Basketball Association planning players-only 2K tournament to air on ESPN

Ross Houston
April 1, 2020

The photo, posted to Patrick Beverley's Instagram account Monday afternoon, showed the Clippers guard with both hands wrapped tightly around a basketball during a recent game, his face so close to its leather skin that it looked as if he was sharing a secret. He is also one of eight players who will take part in its return Friday - kind of.

The Boardroom - an online platform created by Kevin Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman - has teamed up with ESPN to broadcast a "Players-Only" NBA 2K Tournament that features some of the league's best gamers.

According to a report by Yahoo Sports, the upcoming Friday, 3rd April is set to be the inaugural day for the tournament.

Durant, Drummond, Mitchell, and Cousins are among some of the best National Basketball Association players that have taken to playing the game during these three weeks of relative inactivity.

Durant, with a 96 rating, is the top seed. "It is expected to include stars such as the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and two-time All-Star Andre Drummond, among other big-name players, sources said".

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. Twitch and YouTube will stream the tournament.

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