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.