The coronavirus has caused virtually all professional sports to suspend play indefinitely. The NBA 2K League is now the next league to be affected by the outbreak.
In a statement released by the league Thursday, the start of the 2020 season, originally scheduled for March 24, now will be postponed.
"In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA 2K League is postponing the start of its 2020 season, which had been scheduled to tip off Tuesday, March 24. In the coming weeks, NBA 2K League teams will compete in preseason competitions remotely from their team markets as they continue to prepare for the start of the 2020 season."
The following statement has been issued by NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue:
"The health and well-being of our players, teams and fans is of paramount importance. We will continue to evaluate the situation and do everything possible to bring the excitement of the NBA 2K League to our fans through remote preseason exhibitions and other content. We look forward to sharing additional information about these exhibitions and the start of the 2020 season as it becomes available."
Unlike traditional sports, Esports have the capability to be done remotely with online play. With remote play a possibility, the direction of Esports during this time will be interesting to monitor.
For now, as with the rest of the world, we'll wait and see.
Kings Guard Gaming (9-3) continues to climb up the NBA 2K League standings after earning the series win against Hawks Talon GC (4-6) Friday night. The Kings are riding a hot streak and have won four consecutive series to land them in fourth place out of 23 teams.
KGG entered Friday's matchup riding a solid wave of momentum after sweeping Pistons GT on Wednesday, but that same team didn't seem to show up in Game 1 against the Hawks.
The Hawks started the series off hot with a 75-71 win over the Kings. Hawks Talon held the lead for a majority of the game, but the Kings were able to cut the deficit to just two points in the last couple minutes of the game. The underdog Hawks held on to earn the Game 1 upset victory.
The loss seemed to wake up the Kings in Game 2 with a 72-63 win. They jumped out to a commanding 17-point lead at the half before the Hawks stormed back bringing the deficit to just three points multiple times in the third quarter. But the Kings, led by Bash's 35 points, were able to pull away once again to force a third and final game of the series.
Seemo showed up to play in Game 3 putting on an impressive 29-point performance in a 73-60 win to earn the series victory. The Kings shooting guard capped the game off with 17 points in the second half and had one of the more dominant fourth quarters you'll see a player have in the NBA 2K League.
Kings Guard Gaming will look to continue their winning streak on July 16 when they take on Bucks Gaming (6-5).
Warriors Gaming Squad was one of the last remaining undefeated teams back in week 5, but their current three-matchup losing streak has them looking like a different team.
WGS, now 6-3, struggled in week 7 against Mavs Gaming (8-3) and Magic Gaming (3-6). There's no doubt that the Warriors remain one of the top teams in the league, but that hasn't been reflected on the scoreboard as of late. Most of their losses within each series have been close but an untimely missed shot or hot stretch by the opposing team has cost them.
The matchup against the Mavs on Thursday was the definition of heartbreaking. A one-point loss is always tough, but a one-point loss in both games of the series stings that much more. It really could have gone either way, but a 61-60 loss in Game 1 and a 60-59 loss in Game 2 was enough to drop the matchup.
Friday Night's series against Magic Gaming could have been a good time for WGS to get back to their winning ways. The Magic have been struggling to start the season and entered the matchup with a 2-6 record. But the Warriors' loss in three games proves that there are no easy matchups in the NBA 2K League.
Magic Gaming got off to a hot start in the series with a 60-52 win in Game 1.
We finally saw the dominant Warriors team we've become accustomed to see during an 84-52 win in Game 2. With the game tied at 32-32 entering the 3rd quarter, WGS went on an incredible 25-4 run to completely pull away from Magic Gaming.
The second half run was fueled by CB13's ability to put the ball in the hoop. The Warriors point guard nearly outscored the Magic by himself in this game finishing with 51 points.
Warriors Gaming had all the momentum entering Game 3 and held a small lead throughout. It looked like they would be getting back in the win column but a late fourth-quarter run by the Magic handed WGS a 58-53 loss.
WGS now has dropped from second to seventh place in the last two weeks of regular season play. They will enter their week 8 matchup against Hawks Talon GC (3-3) looking to end the losing streak and make the climb back up the leaderboard.