Cuban was out in NYC when our photog asked him a question that is strangely intriguing when you think about it … how does Cuban shop for groceries. If you think he grabs his basket and heads to Albertson’s you’re wrong … but if you think he doesn’t do his own shopping, you’re also wrong. Here’s a hint … he’s making a guy richer than him even richer.
Eric Smith: The NBA just announced its inaugural season for the NBA 2K esports league. 17 teams set to debut in 2018! I’m officially old; I don’t get it
Much like the NBA, the NBA 2K eLeague will feature head-to-head competition between its 17 teams and an extended schedule that includes a regular season, bracketed playoff system and championship matchup. But instead of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the rest of the Blazers’ starting lineup, five yet-to-be-determined professional eSports players will don virtual red and black uniforms featuring the Blazers’ iconic pinwheel logo.
The five professional gamers will play as user-created avatars that feature their likeness and compete against other five-person teams that include the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks.
This competition will not only be broadcast live, most likely on the video-streaming site Twitch, but also played in front of live crowds. By jumping into the next layer of sports and gaming competition — one that extends beyond the boundaries of the traditional sports landscape — the NBA hopes to broaden its appeal to a new segment of fans that might not ordinarily be drawn to basketball.
It’s unclear how the five representatives of each NBA team will be selected and the logistics of where and how often teams will play are not yet resolved. But this much is certain: eSports are coming to Portland and the participants will wear Blazers uniforms.