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Via the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.:
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced plans Wednesday to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional competitive gaming league that will bring together the best NBA 2K video game players in the world. This marks the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.
Set to debut in 2018, the groundbreaking NBA 2K eLeague will consist of teams operated by actual NBA franchises. The founding teams, each composed of five professional eSports players, will be announced in the coming months. The NBA 2K eLeague will follow a professional sports league format: competing head-to-head throughout a regular season, participating in a bracketed playoff system, and concluding with a championship matchup.
“The popularity of NBA 2K with the young and growing eSports community provides a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the gaming community,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We look forward to combining our best-in-class NBA team operators with Take-Two’s competitive gaming expertise to create a brand new league experience.”
“We are proud to expand our highly successful relationship with the NBA and co-create the NBA 2K eLeague,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “The NBA 2K series is renowned throughout the world for capturing the authenticity of the NBA and the passion of its fans. eSports is a growing segment of our industry, and we will aim to take the thrill of competition to exciting new heights through our partnership with the NBA.”
The NBA and Take-Two have built a long-standing relationship since 1999, having sold over 68 million units of the NBA 2K series worldwide. The most recent release, NBA 2K17, is the highest-rated annual sports game of the current console generation and the highest-rated title in the history of the NBA 2K series. To date, NBA 2K17 has sold-in nearly 7 million units, and is poised to become 2K’s highest-selling sports title ever. In December, 2K launched its second official eSports competition, NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament, which offers teams the chance at a $250,000 grand prize and a trip to NBA All-Star 2017. The 5-on-5 tournament will culminate on Feb. 17 in New Orleans.
In June 2016 , FOX Sports was on hand for NBA 2K’s first eSports event, which featured Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Rick Fox and the unveiling of George’s image on the cover of NBA 2K17.
Various NBA franchises have taken the plunge in eSports, with the Philadelphia 76ers regularly sending out press releases about their new signings and other successes with Team Dignitas. The aforementioned Rick Fox has also made a name for himself in eSports with his franchise Echo Fox, which quickly became one of the more successful teams in just over a year’s time.
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It is a Sad Day in the Sportsworld as NBA Sideline Reporter Craig Sager dies at the age of 65.
The cause of death was leukemia, according to a spokesman for Turner Sports. After receiving the diagnosis in 2014, Sager continued to work and received blood transfusions to be strong enough to travel to some games, and returned to a hospital after others.
He last appeared in a game broadcast in June and canceled plans to work for NBC at the Summer Olympics in Brazil in August to continue treatment.
Sager underwent three bone marrow transplants, two from his older son, Craig II.
In June of this year, Sager was asked to be a sideline reporter at Game 6 of the N.B.A. finals on ABC, He scheduled the assignment — his first during a finals — between an eight-day course of chemotherapy at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and a Father’s Day outing in Florida.
After the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6, Sager interviewed LeBron James. After answering several questions, Lebron James reversed roles with Craig Sager and asked: “How in the hell did you go 30-plus years without getting a finals game? That don’t make no sense.”
Craig Sager was born on June 29, 1951, in Batavia, Ill. His father, Al, was an advertising and public-relations executive; his mother, Coral, was an avid golfer who held a pilot’s license.
Sager attended Northwestern University, where, after trying out for the football team and playing for the freshman basketball team, he stepped into one of his earliest outrageous guises: Willie the Wildcat, the university’s mascot.
After Northwestern’s football team upset Ohio State, Sager taunted the losing players while still in costume. In response, he wrote, members of the Ohio State marching band “began to push me and poke me with their flagpoles.”
After graduation he became a reporter for a radio station in Sarasota, Fla. On one assignment he leapt onto the field at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium after Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth as baseball’s home run king. Wearing a trench coat, Sager, then 23, caught up to Mr. Aaron at home plate, amid a scrum of fans, reporters and relatives, to briefly interview him.
Three years later, while covering the Belmont Stakes, Sager slept in Seattle Slew’s stable the night before the thoroughbred won the Triple Crown. Before leaving to take the horse for a morning walk, Sager wrote, he scooped up a piece of Seattle Slew’s excrement and preserved it for the next 39 years as a fragment of history.
Sager also worked at TV stations in Florida and Kansas City, Mo., before joining CNN in 1981. In 1990 he moved to Turner Sports, where, besides the N.B.A., he covered golf, the N.F.L., college football and basketball, and Major League Baseball.
Craig Sager is survived by his son Craig as well as another son, Ryan; his daughters, Kacy, Krista and Riley Sager; his second wife, Stacy; and a sister, Candy Menzemer.
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According to KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas , Former NBA All-Star Steve Francis has been charged with felony retaliation after prosecutors say he threatened to assault a Houston-area deputy during a traffic stop.
According to KTRK-TV, authorities in Manatee County, Fla., issued a warrant for Francis’s arrest on a burglary charge after hearing about his Texas DUI.
KTRK reports that Francis posted bond on his drunken-driving charge but is now back in Houston police custody because of the Florida charge, which stems from a June incident outside a restaurant in Bradenton.
TMZ has obtained the police report from the Florida incident, in which Francis allegedly asked a bartender at the Cortez Clam Factory for a flashlight on the evening of June 15. Police say he then ransacked a BMW parked outside the restaurant and took $7,252 worth of jewelry, makeup and cash from the car. Francis also, police say, showed up at the station two days later with a clear plastic bag full of the goods and said: “I just robbed somebody. Take me to jail. I’m turning myself in.” He left the station without being charged.
Francis, 39, was pulled over by police in Houston late Saturday night for going 88 mph in a 65-mph zone. Police say Francis smelled of alcohol, refused a sobriety test and was verbally abusive, drawing a felony retaliation charge for threatening a public servant, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The 2000 rookie of the year and three-time all-star played nine NBA seasons after his one standout year at Maryland, last appearing for the Houston Rockets in 2007-08. He averaged 18.1 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.
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Pistons Fans that wanted the Pistons play in Detroit, had finally had their prayers answered on Tuesday
At a press conference on Tuesday, the Detroit Pistons announced that the team will be playing its home games in downtown Detroit and sharing a new arena with the Detroit Red Wings called Little Caesars Arena.
According to MLive, the Detroit DDA will kick in another $34.5 million in bond proceeds that will be used to modify the arena so that it can also house a basketball team.
The Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment will move its business operations, corporate headquarters, team practice and training facilities into a new practice facility, to be built north of the arena at a cost between $32 and $55 million.
The Pistons were in downtown Detroit when they called Cobo Arena home from 1961-78 before heading to the Pontiac Silverdome and then Auburn Hills. The Palace is about 30 miles from downtown Detroit.
The Pistons have been playing at The Palace of Auburn Hills since the 1988-89 NBA Season
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If you are familiar with the NBA 2K video game , you are aware that NBA 2K is one of the best sports video games around right now , 2K17’s presentation uses a TNT game presentation , including the halftime show. And everyone is asking this Question, why is Charles Barkley not on the Analyst side but is a playable character on 2K's '92 "Dream Team" roster.
Here's what Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck had to say on Twitter
And that's your answer
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The Vertical reports that The Golden State Warriors are agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with veteran center Zaza Pachulia.
Golden State reportedly agreed to trade Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks in a cost-cutting move that will help the team give Kevin Durant a max contract.
A 13-year veteran, Pachulia played in 76 games with the Mavericks last season, averaging with 8.6 points and 9.4 rebounds.
The Warriors continue to fill out their roster after agreeing to a reported two-year, $54 million deal with Durant earlier Monday. Golden State had to trade Bogut and not match the reported max deal Dallas gave Harrison Barnes.
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After the Warriors beat the Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, I had posted this Question on Facebook , where is Kevin Durant going in free Agency?. some say the Lakers, Wizards, Celtics or Stay With the OKC Thunder.
Let's look at the scenarios.
Washington Wizards: New Head coach/ former head coach Scott Brooks, 3 time All-Star John Wall, Bradley Beal and Nenê.
Boston Celtics: Head Coach Brad Stevens , Avery Bradley, Nice Front Office and A couple of NBA Draft Picks.
Los Angeles Lakers: New Head Coach Luke Walton , Not so good front office , General Manager Mitch Kupchak, 2 time All-Star Roy Hibbert, no KOBE BRYANT and PG D'Angelo Russell.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Head Coach Billy Donovan , Russell Westbrook , Dion Waters, Randy Foye , Serge Ibaka , Steven Adams and Let's Not forget a Strong front office.
In my opinion, Durant will most likely will narrow his choice between Boston and OKLAHOMA CITY and will remain in OKC for a two-year contract with an opt-out in 2017 which will give him time to make a title shot run in OKC, His max salary this summer will be around $28 million per year, in 2017 his first-year base salary will be at least $37 million.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and The Golden State Warriors played Game 1 of The NBA Finals on Thursday night in Oakland, Warriors beat the Cavs 104-89.
According to Warriors PR twitter account , Golden State's bench outscored Cleveland's 45-10. Shaun Livingston scored 20 points which is the most by a Golden State reserve in the Finals since Phil Smith's 20 on May 18, 1975 , while Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
The Splash Brothers , Stephen Curry was (4-of-15 for 11 points) and Klay Thompson was (4-of-12 for nine points) combined 20 points. All seven Warriors players scored in double figures.
As for the Cavs, LeBron missed a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 26 points, while Kevin Love added a double-double with 17 points and 13.
If Your the Cavaliers , you are pleased that you didn't let The Splash Brothers scored more than 20 points , but not so happy that the Warriors bench beat Cleveland in Game 1, If the Cavaliers don't fix there Defense and their shooting on Sunday, this could be a long ride of the Cavaliers.
Game 2 will be on Sunday at 8:00 pm est at The Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. You can watch the NBA FINALS on ABC, and hear it ESPN Radio.
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According to the Dallas County (Texas) medical examiner's office, New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has died of a gunshot wound at the age of 23.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the police report associated with Dejan-Jones' death indicates that he was shot after breaking into an apartment early Saturday morning.
At approximately 3:20 a.m., Dallas officers responded to the 2500 block of Bennett Avenue regarding a shooting. Upon arrival officers found one individual had been shot. The resident of the apartment reported that an individual had kicked open the front door and entered his apartment. The resident, who was asleep in the bedroom, heard the individual enter and retrieved a handgun. He stated he called out to the individual but was not answered. As the individual kicked open the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun. The individual left the apartment and collapsed in the breezeway. The individual was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
The Pelicans released a statement on Dejean-Jones' death Saturday:
It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.
Dejean-Jones signed with the Pelicans as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State. The Los Angeles-area native spent time at three colleges — USC, UNLV, and ultimately Iowa State — averaging 10.8 points per game over four seasons.
Dejean-Jones was waived by the Pelicans in October but was re-signed to back-to-back 10-day contracts two months later. He signed a three-year, prorated deal, worth nearly $2 million, with the Pelicans in February.
He finished his rookie season having averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 games.
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Dave Joerger was fired as head coach by the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, but on Monday, Joerger is hired by the Sacramento Kings.
The Sacramento Kings announced Joerger's hiring after The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the two sides had agreed to a deal. Wojnarowski reported Joerger's contract spans three years at $4 million per season, with a team option for a fourth year.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dave to the Sacramento Kings,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in the team release. “He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results. Dave shares our focus on creating a long-term culture of winning, and I look forward to a bright future ahead for the Kings with his leadership on the court.”
Chris Granger, president and chief operating officer of the Kings, shared an image of Joerger signing his contract:
Joerger led the Grizzlies to two consecutive 50-win seasons.
His best season as Head Coach was in 2014-15 NBA Season when the Grizzlies went 55-27 before the Golden State Warriors bounced them from the playoffs in a tough six-game Western Conference Semifinal series.
And while the Grizzlies went just 42-40 during Joerger's final season in Memphis, that record was among the league's most impressive, given all of the roster turnover and injury woes the Grizzlies had to combat.
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