NBA 2K League Star, Soccer Family, Don Jackson Challenges The NCAA

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The majority of NBA franchises have now assembled NBA 2K teams. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The majority of NBA franchises have now assembled NBA 2K teams. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In 2018, the NBA launched the 2K League, in which elite gamers compete in a video game version of NBA basketball. This week on Only A Game, the story of Albano Thomallari, aka oFAB, one of the league's biggest stars. Also, Derrick Etienne Jr.'s grandfather sacrificed his pro soccer career when he came to the U.S. Now Etienne Jr. is playing for the New York Red Bulls — and the Haitian national team. And sports attorney Don Jackson highlights racial inequity in the NCAA. Join us!

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oFAB's Journey To The Top Of NBA 2K
After high school, Albano Thomallari was depressed. He stayed in his parents' house playing a video game called NBA 2K. Then he was drafted into the NBA 2K League.

3 Stories: Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Stroman Trade, Allyson Felix Sponsorship Deal
Toronto-based sportswriter Shireen Ahmed and The Athletic’s Michael Lee join Only A Game's Karen Given.

How Soccer Player Derrick Etienne Jr. Found His Identity With Haiti
Derrick Etienne Jr.’s grandfather came to the U.S. with $19 in his pocket. Now his grandson plays soccer for Haiti.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Karen Given and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss MLB trade deadline action and Antonio Brown's lofty training camp entrance.

Sports Attorney Don Jackson Makes His Case Against The NCAA
Don Jackson is a sports attorney. Over the last three decades, he has witnessed what he believes to be selective application of NCAA regulations toward African American and international athletes.

This program aired on August 3, 2019.


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