NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that eSports players are a “different kind of athlete.”
Commissioner Silver’s comments came during NBA’s All-Star weekend. The league recently announced an eSports league to coincide with the NBA.
NBA players made a guest appearance at the 2K17 All-Star Tournament in New Orleans to face off against a five-man team named “Still Trill” that had just won the video game’s tournament championship.
These guys put up a tougher battle than Euro guys pic.twitter.com/FpjDJDt9SY
— S T I L L T R I L L (@Still_Trill2k) February 18, 2017
Still Trill won a $250,000 prize for the championship as well as getting to meet the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
H/t: Sports Techie