NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal became one of the latest sports stars to jump into eSports when he became part owner of NRG earlier this year along with Alex Rodriguez. NRG fields a pro League of Legends and Counter-Strike team, and beginning May 24th NRG will compete in the new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELEAGUE, which will be televised on TBS. Shaq says he now has a Ph.D. in CS:GO, and in this hilarious video became part of the scenery on a few different maps.
Earlier in the week, we told you that 2K Sports and Under Armour were teaming up to max out Stephen Curry’s NBA 2K16 rating for 30 hours in honor of his second consecutive MVP award. Now, we have footage. You wouldn’t think the ability to hit literally every shot would look anywhere close to realistic, but it’s pretty much par for the course. Look at Curry drain shot after shot in this video captured by a gamer.
The Nets parent company, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday that ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will bring the East Coast’s largest esports tournament to Barclays Center in October. ESports are online video game competitions. Now, as esports grows, big tournaments will be conducted live in large venues like Barclays. Barclays Center will play host to a US$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, with more games joining the tournament’s lineup to be announced in the coming weeks. Esports has become a top priority for BS&E, Mikhail Prokhorov’s “mother ship” for sports and entertainment, particularly CEO Brett Yormark.
Adams knew virtually nothing about the NBA when he arrived. One of his brothers had an old video game he played as a kid. In the game, the best player was Peja Stojakovic, Adams says. And his brother had a poster of Larry Bird. So when Adams started playing, it was a lot of shrugging and no deference, which unnerved a long list of opponents. During his rookie season, Nate Robinson punched him in the stomach. Vince Carter elbowed him in the side of the head. Jordan Hamilton punched him in the shoulder. Larry Sanders elbowed him in the neck. Zach Randolph punched him in the jaw, a move that got Randolph suspended for Game 7 of the Thunder’s first-round playoff series with the Memphis Grizzlies two years ago.
On the day that Kobe Bryant will play his final NBA game, 2K Sports announced that the Lakers superstar and 18-time All-Star will grace the cover of a special version of NBA 2K17 called the “Legend Edition.” This version of the professional basketball game will include all manner of Kobe-themed digital and physical content (see below). “It’s a great honor to partner with 2K on the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition,” Bryant said in a statement.
Some call it a video game simulation, Matt Barnes calls it a preview of real life. The NBA star tells TMZ Sports he’s seen the UFC video game brawl between him and Derek Fisher — and says the way he whooped D-Fish’s ass in the game is EXACTLY how it would go down for real. “My kids showed me that,” Barnes says … “That’s what would really happen if it came down to it.”