The NBA 2K League announced on Thursday the NBA 2K League European Invitational, the league’s first European qualifying event. Set to take place Dec. 13-14, the tournament will allow European players to be eligible for the 2020 draft. Twenty players from seven countries will compete in scrimmages and a double-elimination tournament, with the latter being streamed on Twitch and YouTube. Players will also participate in interviews with teams and league reps.
Oklahoma City’s Paul George, smiling after some of his makes, burned a series of Knicks defenders on his way to a flawless 31-points-in-30-minutes performance as the Thunder moved to 28-18, and the Knicks fell to 10-35 after one of their season’s most lethargic displays. Tim Hardaway Jr. lashed out at the NBA schedule-makers for coupling the Knicks’ two-week Western trip so closely to the London journey. Trey Burke and Emmanuel Mudiay admitted in London the calendar was wearing on them. Burke missed Monday’s game with the flu, and Mudiay got a head cold overseas. “They need to do something about that scheduling, especially next season if someone is going to go out to London,’’ said Hardaway, who scored a team-high 23 points. “It’s pathetic — two weeks on the road, and you come back for three days, and we go to London for a few days. That’s not the way to do it. We’re still trying to catch up on sleep. I haven’t gotten good sleep since we’ve gotten back [Friday].”
There’s a new restaurant in London courtesy of San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol. Gasol is part owner of the upscale restaurant chain Zela Ibiza and he recently shared his excitement at the new spot opening up across the pond. “London!! Thank you for hosting us in our new opening of @zelalondon See you there soon!!”
NBA legends Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups visited London this week, as tickets for the 2019 NBA London Game will go on sale on October 19. The two NBA legends talked about the 2019 NBA London Game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. The match will take place at the O2 Arena on January 17. They also referred to London hosting the NBA All-Star Game in the upcoming years as well as LeBron James and Michael Jordan. “It could! Now that they’ve extended the All-Star break,” Hamilton said regarding London hosting the NBA All-Star Game. “London is a great city, it kind of reminds me of New York, so there is a lot of great opportunities here and I think guys would be super excited to travel here to Europe, so I think it will be something that would be pretty cool,” he added.
Philadelphia 76ers: Fresh off of arriving in London, @timcabs had a surprise meeting his childhood hero and @Arsenal legend @ThierryHenry. #NBALondon 🇬🇧
“We’re going to enjoy the experience as an organization, as a big family,” said Brown, who praised the Sixers’ front office for including families of players and staffers in the trip . “There will be dinners, there will be interaction. I don’t worry that people think we’re going to Disneyland and it’s a holiday, I don’t fear that at all.” Brown added the Sixers have studied how to make the most efficient use of their roughly 76 hours in the U.K., from maximizing opportunities for sleep and rest, to balancing practice time with other league-related obligations. “We’re going to enjoy it,” Brown said of the Sixers’ impending trek, “and I know we’ll manage it professionally.”