T-Wolves Gaming shares 2K Championship with fans

Title marks first for young franchise

Mark Freie
August 08, 2019 - 9:28 am

Mark Freie, WCCO Radio

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Fresh off their 2019 NBA 2K League Championship, T-Wolves Gaming, the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 2K League affiliate team, hosted a championship breakfast Thursday morning for fans outside their facility at Mayo Clinic Square.

Fans could pick-up the free breakfast of donuts and coffee, meet T-Wolves Gaming players, and snap photos with the championship trophy. T-Wolves gaming is made up of six players including championship MVP Michael "BearDaBeast" Key.

"To be recognized as an NBA champion, as far as NBA 2K League, to be a champion and to be win that type of money, to be recognized by your peers as the best player in the world...to be the best player in the world at anything, that is ridiculous," Key said.

T-Wolves Gaming took home $360,000 for their championship, which didn't come easy. The team came into the NBA 2K League Playoffs as the No. 4 seed, advancing to the Finals sweeping the Sacremento Kings', Kings Guard Gaming, and Golden State Warriors', Warriors Gaming Squad. The finals saw T-Wolves gaming win a five game series, 3-2, over the Philadelphia's, 76ers GC.

Key, 27, said that the regular season provided many ups and downs as the team sat at 3-6 overall and towards the bottom of the 22 team league. However, a winning streak boosted momentum.

"It was just a great run," he said. "We felt like if we could beat the 76ers that there's nothing fluke about our season. We beat the best teams and had the hardest path in the playoffs."

The team trains inside their recently renovated T-Wolves Gaming Training Center at Mayo Clinic Square. It's a state-of-the-art facility fit for gaming kings and queens.

As far as the offseason, T-Wolves Gaming hopes to keep building their brand and the 2K League.

"It is a start-up league and it's only the second season, but it's growing," Key said. "My goal this offseason is to use my platform to tour, help people, and become bigger for this league."

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