Nidal Nasser

Blazer5 remains undefeated after a wild series against Bucks Gaming

Blazer5 remains undefeated after a wild series against Bucks Gaming

Blazer5 Gaming improved to 3-0 on the season following a 2-1 victory over Bucks Gaming on Tuesday.

However, Game 1 was equal parts historic and controversial.

Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser put on a performance for the ages. 

He scored 31 of Blazer5's 33 points in the first quarter, setting an NBA 2K League single-quarter scoring record. 

Nasser's performance gave Blazer5 a 21-point lead after the first quarter, but he was just getting started. 

Nasser scored another 13 points in the second quarter, and by the end of third quarter he had 71 points. 

With one quarter left to play, Nasser was just 14 points away from breaking the single-game NBA 2K League scoring record. To make it more impressive, the record 84 points were scored in a double-overtime game, and Nasser was about to do it in regulation.

But Bucks Gaming decided to game the game, and prevent Nasser from setting the record. 

The Bucks began to hold the ball, not trying to score at all, opting instead to willingly take shot clock violations. In doing so they limited the number of possessions Blazer5 had down the stretch, thus hurting Nassers chances of breaking the record. The tactics didn't sit well with fans or players around the 2K League.

When it was all said and done, Blazer5 picked up the 105-62 victory in Game 1, and Nasser scored 77 points, a league record for points scored in regulation.

But you gotta play an entire series, so there was still work to be done. 

Bucks Gaming, despite there unprofessional finish to Game 1, should be given credit for the way they bounced back in Game 2. 

They looked nothing like the team that lost by 43 in Game 1. Instead, they rebounded in a big way to upset Blazer5 and force a decisive Game 3.

In Game 3, Blazer5 took care of business, leading most of the way and picking up the 71-65 victory to win the series and improve to 3-0 on the season.

No matter how the series played out, no one can get past what happened in Game 1. 

History for Nasser was robbed by petty gaming tactics from Bucks Gaming. Lucky for Blazer5 and Nasser, the entire league was watching. 

Bucks Gaming may have unintentionally made itself the arch-enemy of the entire league. 

As for Blazer5, they once again showed why they are one of the best teams in the league and are nearly unstoppable when the reigning MVP gets going.

Can they keep the hot streak going and improve to 4-0?

We'll find out on Wednesday when they take on Knicks Gaming,

You can catch all the action on the NBA 2K League's Twitch and YouTube channels at 4pm.

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon. 

 

Blazer5 Gaming remains undefeated after a wild series against Bucks Gamings

Blazer5 Gaming remains undefeated after a wild series against Bucks Gamings

Blazer5 Gaming improved to 3-0 on the season following a 2-1 victory over Bucks Gaming on Tuesday.

However, Game 1 was equal parts historic and controversial.

Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser put on a performance for the ages. 

He scored 31 of the Blazer5's 33 points in the first quarter, setting an NBA 2K League single-quarter scoring record. 

Nasser's performance gave Blazer5 the 21-point lead after the first quarter, but he was just getting started. 

Nasser scored another 13 points in the second quarter, and by the end of third quarter he had 71 points. 

Sitting on 71, Nasser was just 14 points away from breaking the single-game NBA 2K League scoring record. To make it more impressive, the record 84 points were scored in a double-overtime game, and he was about to do it in regulation.

But Bucks Gaming decided to game the game, and prevent Nasser from setting the record. 

The Bucks began to hold the ball, not trying to score at all, opting instead to willingly take shot clock violations. In doing so they limited the number of possessions Blazer5 had down the stretch, thus hurting Nassers chanced of breaking the record. The tactics didn't sit well with fans or players around the 2K League.

When it was all said and done, Blazer5 picked up the 105-62 victory in Game 1, and Nasser scored 77 points, a league record for points scored in regulation.

But you gotta play an entire series, so there was still work to be done. 

Bucks Gaming, despite there unprofessional finish to Game 1, has to be given credit for the way they bounced back in Game 2. 

They looked nothing like the team that lost by 43 in Game 1, Instead, they rebounded in a big way to upset Blazer5 and force a decisive Game 3.

In Game 3, Blazer5 took care of business, leading most of the way and picking up the 71-65 victory to win the series and improve the 3-0 on the season.

No matter not the series played out, no one can get past what happened in Game 1. 

History for Nasser was robbed by petty gaming tactics from Bucks Gaming. Lucky for Blazer5 and Nasser the entire league was watching. 

Bucks Gaming may have unintentionally made itself the arch-enemy of the entire league. 

As for Blazer5, they once again showed why they are one of the best team in the league and are nearly unstoppable when the reigning MVP gets going.

Can they keep the hot streak going and improve to 4-0?

We'll find out on Wednesday when they take on Knicks Gaming,

You can catch all the action on the NBA 2K League's Twitch and YouTube channels at 4pm.

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon. 

 

 

Nidal Nasser becomes first 2K League player to earn solo endorsement

Nidal Nasser becomes first 2K League player to earn solo endorsement

Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser is just 22-years-old, but the NBA 2K League star is reaching heights that no other player in league history has seen before.

Nasser was one of the best players in the league in Season 1, was named league MVP in Season 2, and is averaging more than 30 points and putting together another MVP campaign in Season 3. 

All that success has not gone unnoticed.

It was announced on Friday, May 23, that basketball apparel company POINT 3 Basketball had signed Nasser to an endorsement deal. 

In doing so, Nasser becomes the first player in NBA 2K League history to sign a solo endorsement deal.  

The Blazer5 star took to social media to make the announcement and thank those that have made it all possible.

POINT 3's apparel is specifically designed to absorb sweat and keep athletes dry, something that comes in handy in eSports. The last thing a gamer wants is sweaty palms, and POINT 3 can help address the matter.

Said Nasser in an interview with ESPN, "There's moments throughout the game where your hand just becomes so moist, because you're gripping on the controller so hard, you don't realize it... The grip you have on your controller allows you to make those quicker reflexes. It's so hard to explain, but that's the biggest difference. It's kind of like a gaming edge."

The move is big for not only Nasser, but for the NBA 2K League as a whole. It could provide the framework for other players to seek solo deals as well, bringing in a revenue stream for gamers that was once thought impossible. 

Many of our parents told us otherwise, but Nasser is proving to the masses that you can make money and make a living playing video games.

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Not everyone can be like Blazer5's Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser

Not everyone can be like Blazer5's Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser

February 9th, 2017 is a very important date for fans of the NBA 2K franchise. That was the day it was announced that the popular sports video would be featured in a new professional eSports league. 

One year later, 17 teams, each one associated with an NBA franchise, would start the inaugural NBA 2K League season.

One of those founding members was the Portland Trail Blazers owned squad, Blazer5 Gaming. 

During the very first league draft, Blazer5 Gaming used the 29th overall pick to select Nidal "Mama Im Dat Man" Nasser to run the point on the virtual hardwood. Two seasons later, Mama Im Dat Man was named NBA 2K League Most Valuable Player. 

He may have earned MVP honors after just two seasons in the league, but the road to get there actually began a decade earlier. 

"I started playing video games probably when I was eight or nine. I started on the PS2 and all I would play was Madden and Call of Duty. I would play those things day and night. I wouldn't care. That's what I played," said Nasser. 

While those two tried and true titles were the go-to for Nasser, one special game made him make the transition to the virtual hardwood.

"It got to a point when 2K10 came out, I believe Kobe was on the cover, when I made that transition to 2k. I was always in love with basketball, played my whole life, so that is what I fell in love with."

This story to this point sounds relatable. Many of us, myself included, have spent many hours in front of the TV with a console controller in our hands. Whether it was the PS2 like Nasser, or the Super Nintendo like myself, we all remember our first experience with video games. 

But, while millions of people play video games for fun, only a select few are good enough to say they play them professionally. Nasser is one of them.

When I started playing, I was just playing casually, just having a good time. Then I started playing with my friends. When I started playing with my friends, I used to beat them by 20, 30, and 40, it got to the point where they would look at me like, 'Bro, are you being serious right now? This is crazy. You're much better than everybody else and it's not even close.' So I used to play small money matches for $10 here, $15, $20, versus people at my school or just people that I knew would want to play me because they knew I was good. So that's where it kicked off. As the years passed, I played more and more competitively and it got to this point. - Nidal Nasser on his road to the 2K League

Here's the thing, as with any sport, there is always someone who thinks they can do it too. We all know that one person who thinks if they got 15 minutes a night they could average 10 points and hit threes with ease in the NBA. That one person who thinks they could thow a 99mph fastball and get a few base hits in MLB. That one person who watches an NFL player drop a pass and says out loud, "put me out there, I would have caught that!"

Well, no. No, you can't. Even the worst professional athlete is leaps and bounds above the average Joe, but that won't silence the naysayers. 

eSports are no different. 

Millions of people play these video games online, and a lot of them think they should be on top of the mountain. They question why Player A was able to make it in the league while they sit at home.

"I see it a lot," said Nasser. "People be like, 'Oh, why is he in there? I should be in there. The league is a fluke. He's only in there because he knows people. He has connections,' all the good stuff."

Even Nasser, the reigning MVP, heard it a time or two on his way up. "I'm not gonna lie. In the beginning... I saw it a lot towards me. Now, in general, now that I've won MVP and I've kinda established myself, I don't really get that anymore. Almost never..." 

Nasser's skills have more than done the talking for him, but he still has something to say to those that try to bring him or anyone else in the league down:

My thing to them is that there's so many outlets for you to get your name out there. There's so many outlets for you to perform and show who you are. And people don't want to take the time out of their day to do it. It's just like any other job. You have to put the hours in. You're not just gonna come in and be like, 'Oh, I'm here. Now I'm gonna get drafted because..." and make B.S. excuses. Are you gonna do that for a real job? No. So why would you do it for the NBA 2K League, which is kind of like a blessing, to be honest. You're playing video games for money! So, you gotta put that extra work in. - Nidal Nasser

Those people that believe they should have a spot in the league could have their chance sooner, rather than later. The NBA 2K league started with just 17 teams, but entered Season 3 with 23. One of those teams is the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, the only team not affiliated with an NBA team. This means that as the league expands they could have more than just the 30 NBA team affiliates. 

The league could continue to expand in the future, and Nasser sees it having a global impact. 

"I hope it blows up, I really do," said Nasser. "The fact that we've gotten up to this point, I didn't even believe, and now my expectations are out the roof... I feel like we can only get better. I feel like the broadcast can get better. I feel like when trash-talking really is implemented when we go back to the stage, I feel like that's when people are really gonna dive into it."

If you do decide to dive into this league, you will realize it's more than just a video game. It's entertainment. Just like you watch your favorite reality TV show because of the personalities, or you watch your favorite movies because you fall in love with certain characters, you do the same with eSports. 

Some people have that thought process of, 'It's just video games. I can't get into it.' But then they're going to watch a drama series that is completely scripted. Just give it a shot. If you give it a shot you might like it. You might like a personality like me, like Walnut, like Brandon, doesn't matter who it is. Once you fall in love with somebody, once you just like their personality and just enjoy watching them, you're gonna tune back in. - Nidal Nasser on the NBA 2K League

Nasser has built off of last season's MVP season, averaging 30 points per game this season and leading Blazer5 to an undefeated record. Can they remain undefeated? You can find out for yourself next Wednesday when Blazer5 Gaming returns to the virtual court to take on Knicks Gaming. 

If you haven't seen Mama Im Dat Man do his thing, now is the perfect time to take the dive and see the entertaining league for yourself. 

You can catch all the action on the NBA 2K League's Twitch and YouTube channels.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Fry and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.