The NBA 2K franchise has been the highest regarded game for sports competition. With core mechanics and game realism, many players find the game is fun and challenging making way for a competitive scene where money is on the line and NBA teams are taking notice.
Pnda Gaming is proud to announce the acquisition of our new NBA 2K competitive team! Formerly under the name Throw Down, they were recently crowned the NBA 2K17 PS4 champions. The team which consists of Mitchell "Mooty" Franklin, Chuck "Kid Lit" Tarrant, Dev "DevGoss" Goss, Kyle "Letsballup" Rudy, and Kris "Insanity" Dellarciprete are looking to turn heads in the new title, especially NBA scouts looking for talented and passionate players.
We sat down with Mitchell Franklin, and Chuck Tarrant and spoke about the teams ambitions...
1. Being crowned the champions, what is driving the team to keep the chemistry and skill this season? Do you think you could win it all again?
MF: What motivates us to still play the game with passion is the love of 2k and it's not just playing a video game. When we get on at night for the 3 or 4 hours, it's give us a chance to talk to each other and get away from our everyday life. I believe we could win again if there was another big tournament. When it comes time to lock in and play we are the best 5 guys at that.
2. How has the team prepared in aspects of the game for NBA 2K18?
MF: We are preparing by just playing every game and carrying ourselves in a more professional way. We don't know exactly how much of a difference 2k18 will be from 2k17 but we are just trying to strengthen our weaknesses and better our strengths.
3. Does the team have any weak points that can be addressed and fixed?
CT: If we have any weak points I would definitely say it's the transition on both sides of the ball. When getting out in transition, we lack making precise decisions on a consistent basis. If we could execute better passing and decision making in transition it would only make us exponentially more elite. On defense, our rotations could use a little touch up when teams get out in transition. We sometimes find ourselves out of position or lost, which we have been working on and getting better at. We also don't foul enough when team's are out on the fast break, which helps reset our defense and reduce them from having an advantage in numbers.
4. What sort of assets can you bring to the NBA2K community under Pnda Gaming?
CT: If you would've told me that we'd be in this position and everything happen like it did, I wouldn't believe you. We literally started from nothing and just outworked every team and player out there. I've never been on a team that has had the type of work ethic like the 4 that I am with right now. What you're getting from us is not only a team but a family. A family that is the largest brand in the Pro-AM community and only growing. A family that has seen it all and can relate to any situation and when the going get tough, we may bend but nothing breaks. This is the first step for hope in regards to the 2K community, seeing a team sign with an organization should be a large motivator and ignite a fire in teams and potentially other sponsors. We are grateful for the opportunity and going to work incredibly hard for this brand.
Make sure to follow the team on twitter, and follow @PndaGaming for all news and updates!
- Daniel See