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Kings' esports team tips off first NBA 2K season May 1. Time to stretch those wrists

Sacramento Kings make NBA history, host esports at halftime

The Sacramento Kings home court turned into a digital battleground Wednesday as Nairo, top professional NRG ESports Super Smash Bros. player, went head-to-head with a local tournament competitor. (Video and editing by Jessica Hice.)
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The Sacramento Kings home court turned into a digital battleground Wednesday as Nairo, top professional NRG ESports Super Smash Bros. player, went head-to-head with a local tournament competitor. (Video and editing by Jessica Hice.)

The NBA finally offered some specifics Friday on the schedule, number of games and tournaments, as well as postseason play for its brand new NBA 2K League.

As they say: Esports is swiftly evolving.

The 17-team video gaming league opens May 1 and consists of a 15-week regular season, including both league and tournament play. Playoff seeding is determined by the regular-season final standings. The postseason begins August 17 and continues for two weeks, with the quarterfinals featuring single-elimination play, and the semifinals and finals expanding to a best-of-three format.

For those who might have missed this, UFC Hall of Famer and UC Davis graduate Urijah Faber has joined Kings Guard Gaming (KGG), the Sacramento franchise. The longtime Sacramento resident was hired as Director of Mental Performance and Human Development.

Just wondering: Any chance Urijah lures the gamers into his gym and onto the mat for some physical exercise too?

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