ATLANTA – Earlier this evening, Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, hosted a special livestream on the team’s official Twitch channel. As part of the stream, Hawks Talon’s Team Manager and Head Coach Wesley Acuff was joined by NLE Choppa, Billboard’s record-breaking No. 1 emerging artist, who just last week unveiled his major-label debut, “Top Shotta”, via No Love Entertainment / Warner Records.
“It was great to play NBA 2K with NLE Choppa this evening,” said Acuff. “We were grateful to have an opportunity to showcase who he is as he discussed unique insights to his new album, his creative process and the game of basketball.”
NLE Choppa, who hails from Memphis and was just selected to XXL’s 2020 Freshman Class, mentioned how his Jamaican heritage inspired the album title for “Top Shotta”. The name signifies his rapid rise amongst a new wave of heavily streamed artists, and an undeniable breakout year surpassing more than 3 billion streams. As part of the discussion, NLE Choppa, a high school graduate as of this summer, spoke to the importance of setting goals beyond the music industry.
“NBA 2K is one of my favorite video games,” said NLE Choppa. “Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to play with Coach Acuff? He’s a legend, and I had so much fun!”
Later this week, Hawks Talon will participate in THE TICKET powered by AT&T, the NBA 2K League’s third and final in-season tournament. With the 13th seed, Hawks Talon is set to face the winner of a match between Magic Gaming and Pacers Gaming on Friday, August 14 at 5 p.m. These matches will be played in a best-of-three series, with the winner of each match advancing to the next round, and with the winner of the tournament earning the 10th seed in the 2020 NBA 2K League Playoffs. These games will be broadcasted on ESPN2 and continue to stream live on ESPN’s digital platforms and the league’s Twitch and YouTube channels.