Former NBA MVP and future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett has taken his talents to the esports world since retiring from the NBA.
According to Reuters (h/t ESPN), Garnett has made an investment in the newly formed esports company Triumph Esports through Big Tickets Sports LLC, which is Garnett’s experiential event management and production company.
Triumph Esports is considered a “full service esports company” and is home to competitive epsorts and experiential event company Rivalcade, along with esports team Triumph Gaming.
Triumph Gaming operate esports teams that compete in Overwatch, Apex Legends, and Teamfight Tactics.
“Our relationship with Triumph Esports is a natural fit as we look to showcase and elevate shared lifestyle experiences through competition, content, and live events,” Garnett said, via an official press release. “Our vision is to create unique experiences that hit our fans across a variety of passion points.”
“We are very excited to work with Hoop-It-Up as they converge basketball, music, esports, and the urban lifestyle at their events” Scott O’Leary, founder of Rivalcade and CEO of Triumph Esports said. We look forward to working together to engage our fans and players in new, collaborative and creative ways.”
“Having a world-class competitor like Kevin as a partner validates and reinforces our dedication to creating a platform for players and staff to learn what it takes to play, compete, and perform at the highest level” Jake Laumann, founder of Triumph Gaming, and COO of Triumph Esports added.
Garnett retired from the NBA in 2016 and his Big Ticket LLC owns the Hoop It Up basketball and Kick It soccer tours.
Gfinity Arena Hosting NBA 2K League European Invitational
Gfinity is partnering with the NBA 2K League to host the NBA 2K League European Invitational which is slated to take place at the Gfinity Arena in Fulham Broadway, London on December 14th, and will be broadcasted live on Twitch and YouTube.
The inaugural qualifying will see 20 players from Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Turkey, and the United Kingdom compete in an attempt to become eligible for 2020’s draft, and is making a mark in the world of esports and esports teams.
“Building on the success of last season’s APAC Invitational, which identified several draft-eligible players from the Asia‑Pacific region, it is important for us to further strengthen our player pool by providing more opportunities for top international players to qualify for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft” Brendan Donohue, Managing Director of the NBA 2K League said according to an official press release.”
Following the event, a committee composed of league representatives and team managers will identify standout players and select them to be eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft, where players will have the opportunity to compete for one of 23 franchises in the league in the following season.
Yankees’ Preparing Record-Setting Contract Offer for Gerrit Cole
The New York Yankees are looking to make free agent front-line starter Gerrit Cole an offer he simply cannot refuse.
According to the New York Times’ Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are working on a making a record-setting seven-year, $245 million contract offer to Cole, which would set anew mark for pitchers in terms of overall value as well as average annual value.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, while the Yankees have not officially made the offer to Cole, they are not far from doing so. Cole and his agent Scott Boras have requested interested teams to submit their initial offers.
Cole is expected to draw interest from the Los Angeles Dodges and and the Los Angeles Angels, who could throw their hat in the ring of what could be a fevered bidding war to land Cole, who is widely considered to be the cream of the free agent crop this year.
The Yankees have made it their priority to sign Cole this offseason, and appear to be taking a clear, and aggressive approach, to get that deal done as soon as possible.
Browns’ Baker Mayfield Rips Training Staff Over OBJ Injury
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is spouting off at the mouth again, and is taking aim at his own organization, specifically for the way that the training staff handled the injury of Browns’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr..
“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He’s not able to run as well as he … should be able to, as well as he knows. And that’s frustrating for him. You can sense some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way, in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100% is still good enough for us.”
Beckham reportedly has a sports hernia injury and is weighing offseason surgery to correct the issue that has been hampering him since training camp.
“I don’t really know,” Beckham said. “You have to ask the doctors if you have a chance to interview them. I really don’t know what to tell you.”
“I think it could’ve been addressed earlier on,” Mayfield said. “Looking back on it, obviously, hindsight is 20/20, he probably would’ve missed the first two [games]. One or two. Just based on the fact that it was during training camp. It is what it is. We’re here right now. It’s too late to do that. He’s fighting through pain; he’s playing through pain. That shows you the type of guy he is.”
Mayfield took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comments.
Those people within our building know my intentions and where I am coming from. I truly believe that and I apologize to those that don’t deserve the backlash…. today was a good team win. On to the next one.
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) December 8, 2019
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