On the NBA Beat
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A show bringing you nuanced perspectives on the NBA's most important stories, hosted by USC alums Aaron Fischman, Joshua Jonah Fischman and Loren Lee Chen. Find us on our website at OnTheNBABeat.com or our Twitter page (@OnTheNBABeat).
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On the NBA Beat Ep. 117: Grizz Gaming GM Lang Whitaker: “It’s Like Real Sports”
Lang Whitaker is back for another exhilarating appearance, this time informing us on the brand new NBA 2K League and his role as general manager of Grizz Gaming, the Memphis Grizzlies’ representative team. Whitaker, who also serves as a contributor to Grind City Media and GQ Magazine, cannot wait for the 2K League’s inaugural season, and he’s here to tell us why. There’s no chance you’ll need to grit or grind through these interview highlights below: 6:40-8:33: “I cohosted the Hang Time Podcast for NBA.com the last few years, and one of my cohosts was Rick Fox. And I was just sitting next to Rick the last few years as he was putting together what became Echo Fox, which is now one of the big teams in eSports. So I watched him as he kind of learned about it and figured out what he wanted Echo Fox to become and so that was sort of my introduction to this thing. But look, eSports probably had around 400 million viewers in 2017. They’re projecting revenues of $1.5 billion by 2020, so this is a huge thing. I think there’s probably a little bit of an educational curve here on this depending on your age; younger people are way more into this, it seems like, than a lot of the older people are…The fact that there’s a league and you’re competing against people, but it’s in a video game…that can be confusing to some people. I think really the best way to understand it is to watch it…There’s a winner and there’s a loser, and it’s like real sports.” 10:18-10:37: “To me, that was sort of an eye-opening experience, to see this guy, sitting there, talking into the air and realizing, ‘Oh, he’s talking to tens of thousands of people. So, it was interesting for me to come at it from that standpoint and to see really what the future holds for this thing.” 12:19-12:56: “Specifically to this league, I also think basketball IQ is going to be really important…Maybe you’ve got the best stick skills in the world, but you don’t understand basketball that well. To me, at least when I’m going to be looking at these players, I’m going to value basketball IQ very highly.” 18:58-19:26: “I don’t know 1,000 percent what kind of team we’re going to put together.
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