NBA will reportedly hold players-only NBA 2K tournament to air on ESPN

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COVID-19 will not stop the NBA and its athletes from trying to entertain the masses, as the league will reportedly hold a players-only NBA 2K tournament that will air on ESPN, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The details of the tournament are still being finalized, according to Haynes, but it is expected that all 30 teams will be represented by a player, and that the tournament will kick off this weekend.

The Celtics should be a betting favorite for this video game championship if Gordon Hayward is the Green's rep and if Hayward brings his A-Game, as Hayward is known as one of the better gamers in the league today. (This is also assuming that Hayward, who is known to jump on Twitch in his downtime and play, dabbles in 2K.)

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The coronavirus pandemic has certainly made its impact on the NBA thus far, as it started in the North American big four with Jazz center Rudy Gobert (and teammate Donovan Mitchell), and has hit countless organizations and star players, including the Nets' Kevin Durant.

Marcus Smart, who is 'corona free' after isolation, has been the only Celtic to deal with the virus thus far.

Like the rest of the NBA is currently on hold, and are exploring all their options when it comes to resuming play this season, from extending the year deep into the summer or moving to a neutral site (similar to the Summer League).

The league went on its indefinite hiatus with the Celtics sitting at 43-21, which was good for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.