Phoenix Suns to play out rest of season on ‘NBA 2K,’ stream for fans
Whether or not the NBA will resume the 2019-20 campaign after suspending its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic of course remains to be seen. At this stage, everything understandably remains in flux and the NBA will have myriad options at its disposal, though what may come next remains entirely dependent upon circumstances beyond the league’s control.
If the coronavirus outbreak does indeed prematurely end the season should the NBA ultimately decide to cancel it in its entirety, the Phoenix Suns have come up with a novel contingency plan.
The Suns have announced on social media that regardless of this season’s uncertain future, the team will play out the remainder of its games on “NBA 2K” — presumably the “2K20” edition — and share the action, as it were, with the team’s fans.
In a tweet shared Thursday night, the Suns laid out how their plan to play out the season’s string virtually will play out.
The season isn’t over yet…— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 13, 2020
We will continue to play the Suns season games on @NBA2K!
Saturday’s game will be moved to tomorrow. Join us live on @Twitch as we take on the @dallasmavs! pic.twitter.com/745QIuvCMc
As explained in the Suns’ tweet, a showdown with the Dallas Mavericks originally scheduled for Saturday night will be “played” Friday on “NBA 2K,” with the game action being “aired” (actually streamed) on Twitch.
The Suns deserve credit for coming up with a creative way to remain engaged with the team’s fans amid a shutdown that Adam Silver said will last 30 days at a minimum.
The NBA commissioner on Thursday did also acknowledge, however, that “it’s possible” the entire season could be shelved.
Should the ongoing fallout from coronavirus pandemic make it unrealistic to resume the 2019-20 campaign, streaming virtual matchups on “NBA 2K” via Twitch may end up being the only option left for the league’s fans to get their fix.
If that’s the case, perhaps other NBA teams will take a page out of the Suns’ playbook in this regard. It’s not great, but it’s something.