A chat with T-Wolves Gaming’s star point guard Michael "BearDaBeast" Key

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He didn’t make the cut and went undrafted in the first year of the NBA’s 2K gaming league. But expansion team T-Wolves Gaming drafted Michael "BearDaBeast" Key with their first-ever draft pick, and he helped deliver the team a league championship in their first year of existence.

A year later, Key is becoming the face of the 2K League while the overall e-sports industry gains massive momentum.

Click the video box on this page to see a wide-ranging conversation between KSTP Sports’ Chris Long and T-Wolves Gaming’s Michael "BearDaBeast" Key about the success he and his team have had, his thoughts on the rapid rise of e-sports, dispelling stereotypes of pro gamers and where his nickname originated

Key and T-Wolves Gaming are off to a hot start in their title defense, having opened the new season with five wins in their first six games.

The NBA 2K League‘s third season is operating a little differently due to the pandemic. Typically teams fly to meet in one city and play matches on systems all in the same location. Now, with travel limited and social distance mandates, matches are played remotely with teams connecting from their home facilities.