Kings

NBA 2K Players Tournament live stream: How to watch online, on TV

barnesyoungstreamusatsi.jpg
USATSI

NBA 2K Players Tournament live stream: How to watch online, on TV

The NBA season is indefinitely suspended due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but you can still watch some (virtual) basketball Friday night.

Sixteen NBA players are set to compete in a single-elimination "NBA 2K20" tournament beginning Friday and culminating April 11. The players are seeded Nos. 1 through 16, competing Friday and Saturday for a spot in Tuesday's quarterfinals. The tournament's winner will earn $100,000 from 2K, the NBA and NBPA to be donated to an organization aiding in coronavirus relief efforts.

Kings forward Harrison Barnes comes in as the 15-seed, and he will square off against Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young on Friday.

“I am excited for this opportunity to play basketball, a game that I love, in the virtual form and to provide entertainment to fans worldwide during this time of uncertainty,” Barnes said in a statement. “This unique opportunity allows us to use our platform to give back and donate to organizations providing vital services during this pandemic.”

[RELATED: Haberstroh explains why NBA's 'bubble' idea is filled with holes]

Here's how to watch Barnes play Young on Friday night online and on TV:

When: Friday, April 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN; fuboTV -- Get a free trial

Here's the full schedule for Friday night's games:

Kevin Durant (1) vs. Derrick Jones Jr. (16); 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
Zach LaVine (7) vs. DeAndre Ayton (10); 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
Trae Young (2) vs. Harrison Barnes (15); 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
Hassan Whiteside (3) vs. Patrick Beverley (14); 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN

How Tracy McGrady credits Kings' Doug Christie for success as rookie

kingsgetty.jpg
Getty

How Tracy McGrady credits Kings' Doug Christie for success as rookie

Tracy McGrady leaves behind an illustrious 14-season career with accolades including seven NBA All-Star and seven All-NBA selections, a two-time scoring champion as well as a Hall of Fame induction.

McGrady turned 41 on Sunday which was the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane to when he was just a rookie. He talked about how Kings legend Doug Christie played an instrumental role during the infancy of his run.

During a recent interview on “All the Smoke,” McGrady said a big part of his hot start as a rookie with the Toronto Raptors was all thanks in part of the matchups he had with former teammate Christie.

“I love Doug,” McGrady said. “I played Doug on one-on-one every day -- we were just going at each other -- and that’s how I was working on my one-on-one game and building my confidence up because I know he was a great defender, he was a hell of a defender.”

He was.

Christie earned three All-Defensive Second Team honors and was part of the First Team in 2003. McGrady was also one of the most difficult guys to cover -- he owes part of that to Christie. 

He's part of many who recently shouted him out.

[RELATED: Mike Bibby describes tenure with Kings as best time of his life]

For McGrady, he knew going up against one of the best in the game, he would be able to handle anything.

Appears that worked out beautifully. 

[PURPLE TALK PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Why Mike Bibby describes playing with Kings as best time of his life

bibbygetty.jpg
Getty

Why Mike Bibby describes playing with Kings as best time of his life

The Kings’ Mike Bibby era was iconic. 

His seven-season run with players like Chris Webber never will be forgotten for all the success Sacramento saw on the court.

Bibby sat down with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith and talked about his run with Sacramento -- a fit that was comfortable for Bibby right away. Even though trading for him meant bidding farewell to Jason Williams, a guy Kings fans were in love with. 

“The guys treated me like I was there for five, six, seven years," Bibby said. "I got there and Jason Williams was a prized possession in Sacramento and when I got traded for him, I just wanted to fit in, I didn’t know if the fans would like me or if the team would like me.

"In my first year we had the best record in the West. I had the best time of my life and my career playing in Sacramento with those guys. I think Sacramento is the best team I played on.”

Bibby detailed the trade, along with the special relationship he and Webber had throughout that stretch and how selfless the Kings were. It didn’t matter who scored, they were a strong team and wanted to win.

“That’s the way basketball is supposed to be played,” Bibby said. “That was the best time of my life -- being in Sacramento.”

[RELATED: Karl Malone admits Webber had more talent than him]

That was a time where the Kings gave the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money. The Kings skated through the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks. That was all in Bibby’s first season. 

Across those seven seasons with the Kings, Bibby averaged 17.6 points and  3.2 rebounds per game. 

[PURPLE TALK PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]