Plenty of NBA players have resorted to gaming as they try to stay occupied with the season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, although Atlanta Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young is not buying in.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant previously suggested he would turn into a gamer, and the Hawks star Young has made a point to let his followers know when he is online.
Young is also making a point of calling out fellow stars for their questionable gaming decisions.
When Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell tweeted he would be streaming Fortnite with professional gamer Ninja—real name Richard Tyler Blevins—Young asked why Mitchell would even bother embarrassing himself in the presence of a gaming legend:
Bro like, why embarrass yourself??? 🥴🗑 https://t.co/XWB5eJzoab pic.twitter.com/C0IXn3A7dJ
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 25, 2020
Ninja has become one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, now on Mixer, with nearly 15 million. Of course, he plays Fortnite professionally, which might make it tough for Mitchell to compete.
The hair-dyed streamer also has something rare in common with some NBA stars, having signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas last summer.
Full credit to Young for staying up on his gaming exploits, however.
The All-Star guard has been about the only positive takeaway for a Hawks team that has otherwise been among the most disappointing in basketball. Young was averaging 29.6 points, 9.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds through his first 60 games while also shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc on 9.5 attempts per game.
Atlanta’s season got off to a rough start when John Collins was suspended for PED use, and rookies like De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish were slow out of the gate before coming on strong in the past few weeks.
Still, at least the Hawks know they have a star in Young, whose personality can be as big as his game.