• The winner of the event, which runs till April 11, will obtain $100,000 to present to a charity in assist of the coronavirus reduction.


Modified 01 Apr 2020, 05:46 IST

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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets celebrity Kevin Durant will lead a subject of 16 in an NBA 2K20 charity event to lift cash amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With the NBA postponed resulting from COVID-19, gamers have time on their arms, so a choose group will go head-to-head within the digital world, beginning Friday on ESPN.

The winner of the single-elimination Xbox One event, which runs by way of to April 11, will obtain $100,000 to present to a charity in assist of the coronavirus reduction efforts.

Durant is the highest seed, forward of Trae Younger (Atlanta Hawks), Hassan Whiteside (Portland Path Blazers), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers), Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns), DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards), Patrick Beverley (Los Angeles Clippers), Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings) and Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami Warmth).

“We’re thrilled to accomplice with the NBA and NBPA to carry basketball again to followers all through the world and to assist these in want throughout these unsure occasions,” stated Jason Argent, 2K senior vice-president, sports activities technique and licensing.

“Leisure, particularly sports activities, has the flexibility to carry communities collectively – together with athletes, followers and households – and we hope that everybody will benefit from the event.”

“We’re excited to tip off the primary ‘NBA 2K Gamers Match’ in partnership with the NBPA and 2K, persevering with an ongoing effort to remain linked with NBA followers world wide, whereas additionally giving again on this time of want,” stated Matt Holt, NBA SVP of worldwide partnerships.

Gamers’ seeding relies on their NBA 2K ranking, with two-time champion Durant 96 total within the online game.

Durant, who contracted COVID-19 and has been recovering from an Achilles harm, will open the event towards Jones on Friday.

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