In a battle of video game kings and the king of the jungle, who had the most game?
They took to the court Tuesday to find out.
At halftime of the Kings’ game against the Phoenix Suns at Golden 1 Center, the team invited three guys involved in video gaming to have a half-court shootout with Slamson, the Kings’ lion mascot.
The players – Cameron Bedford, Kristopher London and one who goes by Jesser The Lazer on social media – were on hand to promote Kings Guard Gaming, a team that will join 16 other NBA franchises in the NBA 2K League that goes live next year.
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The Kings’ guests each took their shots and came up empty.
Then Slamson stepped up, measured his shot and released. Nothing but net.
Maybe this further validates why lions are known by such a royal title.
The real-life hoop skills didn’t show that day, but the Kings’ guests rack up high scores in gaming and social media. According to John Jacobs, the Kings’ senior director of public relations, Bedford is an actor in the “NBA 2K” series who plays the character Shammy Wells.
As for London and Jesser, they are video-game enthusiasts who are popular on social media. They can be found at iamkrislondon and jesserthelazer, respectively, and following for each surpasses 1.3 million on YouTube, 300,000 on Instagram and 220,000 on Twitter.
Editor’s note: The story has been changed to correct the identity of the three contestants. They were erroneously referred to as members of the Kings Guard Gaming team.