NEW YORK, NY, April 30, 2018 – Knicks Gaming, the official NBA 2K League team of The Madison Square Garden Company (NSYE: MSG), will play its first-ever game on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. during “THE TIPOFF,” the season’s first tournament, with gaming veteran Kyle Rudy (PSN: LetsBallUp_) as the team’s first-ever team manager and head coach.
The Knicks Gaming team is comprised of six players, all of whom were selected in the first-ever NBA 2K League Draft on April 4:
|NO.||NAME||GAMER TAG||POSITION||HOME STATE||ROUND (OVERALL)|
|17||Dayvon Curry||G O O F Y 7 5 7||Power Forward||Virginia||1st (9th)|
|25||Nate Kahl||NateKahl||Small Forward||Wisconsin||2nd (26th)|
|7||Eric Ward||YEYNotGaming||Shooting Guard||Wisconsin||3rd (43rd)|
|30||Adam Kudeimati||iamadamthe1st||Point Guard||New Jersey||4th (60th)|
|66||Idris Richardson||idrisdagoat6||Center||South Carolina||5th (77th)|
|99||Marc Rodriguez||xKPMR||Power Forward||New York||6th (94th)|
Knicks Gaming will begin its inaugural 15-week regular season with “THE TIPOFF,” the season’s first tournament, with competition running from May 1-5. The team will play three matches on Wednesday, May 2 against the Warriors Gaming Squad (6:00 p.m.), Wizards District Gaming (8:00 p.m.), and Jazz Gaming (9:00 p.m.). The top eight teams will advance to playoff rounds taking place on Saturday, May 5. The 2018 NBA 2K League schedule features 12 weeks of matchups, three weeks of tournaments, and two weeks of playoffs with the season culminating at the end of August. All competition will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City.
Rudy brings over 11 years of gaming experience to Knicks Gaming, two of which were spent as a starter for Throwdown, a competitive NBA 2K Pro-Am organization. His gaming accolades include the 2017 Road to the All-Star Game (PlayStation 4) championship, qualifying for the 2016 Road to the Finals (XBOX), and winning the 2014 $2,000 Gamebattles Season. The 2017 graduate of Anna Maria College also brings coaching experience to New York City as a former assistant coach in both basketball and football for the Millbrook High School Blazers.
“We’re thrilled to bring Kyle on board as the final piece of the Knicks Gaming team,” said Kristin Bernert, SVP, Business Operations. “It was important to us to find someone who has extensive NBA 2K knowledge, a passion for the game of basketball, and leadership skills. Kyle had the combination we were looking for, and I look forward to watching our inaugural team flourish under his direction.”