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Hassan Whiteside to Play in ‘Players-Only’ NBA 2K Tournament

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Whiteside will face Patrick Beverley in round one of the tournament.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA is partnering with the popular video game franchise NBA 2K for a “players-only” tournament while the 2019-20 season is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside is one of the 16 participants; he’ll face off against Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in round one.

The tournament, which starts Friday, will air on ESPN and ESPN2:

Beginning Friday, April 3 on ESPN and ESPN2, players – including top seeds Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks – will compete in a single-elimination, player-only tournament on Xbox One. The winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts.

You can find more details on the competition here.