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.
October 20, 2021 | 9:27 am EDT Update
All eyes are on Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving now, but everyone from team executives to opposing players continues to monitor the Washington Wizards. “Almost every game we play, someone says something,” Bradley Beal tells me over the phone, regarding how often players recruit him to leave.
“It brings you back to college. Which school is the right school? Which team is the right team?” Beal says. “You love the fact that people see your game and would love to play with you. But it’s also tough on the back end, because you have no idea what you want to do.”
But that hasn’t stopped Beal from trying to recruit. Beal says he has shared his vision with other star players around the league about how they could fit in Washington next to him. He raves about the “freshness” of the team, with a new coach, a new system, and plenty of improving young players. Though selling Washington as most stars look to more glamorous markets has its challenges. “A lot of people seem to think D.C. is a small market, but I try to tell them it’s a big market,” Beal says. “It makes that part of recruiting tougher.”
“Shep played the hand he was dealt,” Beal says. “He had to clean up some things to shape it the way he wanted to and I’m definitely impressed with it. The way he made moves, he was able to save us without giving up crazy picks or assets to go get what we wanted.”
While Beal has been learning the dynamics of leading a team, the Wizards have already been giving him the privileges of the face of the franchise. Sheppard has kept an open dialogue with Beal about potential transactions, discussing some moves with him before they happen, including the Wall and Westbrook trades.
“I don’t worry about [the extension] because I’m very confident that Brooklyn is the place where he wants to be,” Tsai told The Post recently. “He wants to play with the top players, other guys like KD, Kyrie [Irving], so I don’t worry about it.
GM Sean Marks declined comment, but from ownership to the front office to his teammates, there is a confidence Harden has every intention of staying in Brooklyn. “You know, the reality is I haven’t thought much about it because James loves it here. He’s totally locked-in,” coach Steve Nash said when asked by The Post about Harden’s extension before Tuesday’s opener in Milwaukee. “So, while we would’ve loved to have signed him before the deadline, it was James’ prerogative when he re-signs.
“I think I embrace it. I came here and the city has embraced me,” Grant told The Detroit News. “The team, Troy, Coach Casey, they all looked at me and allowed me to flourish in this situation, so I’m just taking it in and trying to grow and be a better leader for the young guys.”