Looks like NBA2k League has a new team member
In the past few months, there have been several reports of famous personalities and traditional sports teams stepping into esports. Just earlier this year, NBA announced its own professional esports league, the NBA2k league. While that in itself was a big news, it has now been announced that Jerry Ferrara, the actor of hit television series Entourage, will be the head scout for the New York Knicks’ NBA2k team.
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According to ESPN, Jerry Ferrara will also serve as the creative consultant for the team. He shot to fame for his role of Turtle in the hit TV show Entourage. Since then, he has worked on various TV shows and movies like Sully and Lone Survivor. He has been a lifelong Knicks fan, and has been at several of their games. Jerry Ferrara spoke with ESPN regarding his new position with the Knicks.
“It came together naturally,” Ferrara told ESPN on Thursday. “I’m an avid Knicks fan, and I love gaming.”
“I currently have seven games that I love playing and following,” said Ferrara. “But 2K is my No. 1.”
“I’m hoping I can help with team chemistry,” Ferrara said. “And given my background, we’re going to do some cool things with digital so that fans can learn who our players are.”
Ferrara said that he is looking forward to watching the players at the draft combine. The draft combine, which will take place in February, will allow scouts like Ferrara to observe the gamers. From there, they can pick the best gamers for their teams. The gamers will need 50 points in pro-am mode of NBA 2k18 to qualify for the draft combine.
Actor Jerry Ferrara is a household name. Given his fame, his inclusion in the NBA2k league will help esports become a household name too. And it will also probably help esports to become a career option people will no longer scoff at.
The 16 week long NBA2k season will start in May.