Even if LeBron James and company aren’t playing in a fourth-straight NBA Finals this month, there’s sure to be pro hoops action in town. In May, the six-man Cavs Legion esports team tipped off in the new NBA 2K League for a chance at the $1 million championship prize. “I feel like our talent and our IQ level is higher than every other team,” says first-round pick Brandon Caicedo. We talked to the Legion’s top picks to see what we can expect from Cleveland’s newest professional sports stars.
Brandon Caicedo, 20
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the point guard known as Hood is Glitchy was the 16th overall selection in the first round.
Style Of Play: “I’ve always been the leader on my team, and the leader of a basketball team is usually the point guard. That’s my best skill, and I feel like that’s what I’m going to do for this team.”
Tips For Other Gamers: “A lot of this game comes from real basketball IQ. I grew up playing on my high school and AAU teams. You have to know the actual game.”
How I Relax: “I’ve been to Saucy Brew Works to get pizza the past three nights.”
Selected in the second round, the center from Verona, New Jersey, goes by Sick x 973 and brings a defensive mindset to the game.
Style Of Play: “I’m hungry for defense. I’m in charge of setting up the defense, having everyone in the right position and switching on D. We give up nothing in the paint, no 3s, no dunks and really only live with midranges.”
Tips For Other Gamers: “Don’t play us.”
How I Relax: More gaming. “After a long grind of 2K, the best feeling is to get on Fortnite and grab some food, chill and watch the playoffs.”