Warriors' Isaiah Reese Playing for Virtual Championship
When Santa Cruz Warriors guard Isaiah Reese found out the NBA G league season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, he wondered what he would do next. Would he be able to travel home to his family? Could he go to Kaiser Permanente Arena and put up some shots?
The rookie out of Canisius College, who averaged 7.1 points and 2.7 assists for Santa Cruz, hoped it would be a short time before he was back on the court. Now, almost three weeks removed from the suspension of the NBA G League season, Reese turned to what has always been his escape: NBA 2K.
Now back home in Miami, Reese is using the down time to raise his virtual game. Reese is excited to take his 2K talents live and join the first-ever NBA 2KL Three For All Showdown, an online 3-on-3 tournament. The tournament is promoting the league's commitment to social distancing during these unprecedented times, while staying engaged with the game we all love and miss.
"Its all about the PlayStation!" Reese said.
The tournament will be broken down into two stages, with the first stage featuring 32 fan-organized teams competing in PlayStation and Xbox brackets in the NBA 2K20 MyPark game mode for the chance to play against NBA 2K League teams and a share of a $25,000 prize pool. Play began Friday.
The second stage began Tuesday and runs through Friday. It will feature NBA 2K League players (teams of three will represent their NBA 2K League teams), top female 2K players, social media influencers and the top performing teams from the fan-only stage, again competing against each other in distinct XBOX and PS4 brackets. Reese will be part of Team 7 in the PlayStation bracket, playing with Shekinna Stricklen from the Atlanta Dream (WNBA) and James Palmer from the Agua Caliente Clippers (NBA G League).
Reese will see his first action Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Flashback to October, Reese was traded to the Warriors via the Austin Spurs in the 2019 NBA G League Draft. He had little time to pack up and make the cross country move to start training camp, but he made sure one thing was in tow - his PS4. As the six-month season began, Reese settled into his Santa Cruz hotel room with the lights off and headphones on, competing against top YouTube players, like Shroud and Duke Dennis. Reese even challenged a few Santa Cruz Warriors throughout the season, but none of them were ever up for it.
"I've never played against any on the team (Santa Cruz). Everyone said they were nice at the game but never proved it...bunch of fake gamers," Reese said.
Reese started his PS4 video game career in 2011, playing strictly 2K and then ventured into Apex Legends, Fortnite, Call of Duty and Rainbow Six Siege before coming back to 2K more recently. Reese mentioned most gamers stick to MyPark, so that is where he plays to increase his own MyPlayer's skill.
"I only play MyPark. That's what everyone's on nowadays," Reese said.
Members of Warriors Gaming Squad, the NBA 2K League affiliate team of the Warriors, will be competing in the second stage of the tournament. Alex "Bsmoove" Reese, Jin "Jin Choe and Matt "Matty" Grant will be representing Warriors Gaming Squad in the PlayStation 4 bracket while Charlie "CB13" Bostwick, Sam "Gradient" Salyers and Malik "Slaughter" Leisinger will be competing in the Xbox bracket.
The entire Warriors family looks forward to cheering Reese on - virtually, of course - with all games on the NBA 2K League Twitch and YouTube channels. Reese is excited to bring his talents to the virtual world and hopes to bring home some of the prize money.
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