Milwaukee Bucks take home another championship, this time in the video game world
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are champions again! This time on the virtual court. Saturday, Aug. 27, was the NBA 2K League Championship game and for the first time, the Bucks took home the trophy.
With Fiserv Forum as a backdrop, the five person team celebrated with Bango and other Bucks officials. This time the MVP wasn't Giannis, it's Artreyo Boyd. You may know him as Dimez on the NBA 2K court, and he was the center for the Bucks this season. Boyd grew up in Ohio with a love for basketball.
"I grew up kind of playing basketball in real life traditionally, and then started playing video games, got my first Xbox have been playing since then,"
Now he plays in the big leagues on his PS5. The games are competitive. During the playoffs they the team is on a stage playing in front of a live audience.
Boyd said after the Bucks took the Larry O Brien Trophy last season, he was hoping to follow in the same footsteps.
"We were just more anxious, we wanted it more. You can tell all playoffs, every game we played and every scrimmage, every player one through five -- we wanted it more," said Boyd.
He was drafted by the team's general manager, Patrick Glogovsky. Glogovsky is a Marquette alum who has proudly made Milwaukee his home.
"It was so cool for the Bucks to bring home a championship, and for the city to come around with the Bucks and celebrate that victory," said Glogovsky. "It means just as much that I can bring a 2K championship also to Milwaukee."
The team is being praised by fans as one of the greatest runs in the league's five-year history.
Did you know the Bucks are champions again?? This time on the virtual court! They won the @NBA2K League Championship this past Saturday. County Exec @DavidCrowleyWI and @MayorOfMKE both proclaimed today Bucks Gaming Day throughout the entire city and county. pic.twitter.com/KVwFJB7Aqx— Amanda Becker (@AmandaBeckerTV) August 30, 2022
The team won $500,000; each player got $75,000. At an event celebrating the team's victory, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and Mayor Cavalier Johnson both declared Aug. 30 "Bucks Gaming Day" throughout the city and county.