The crossover between esports and the NBA has increased substantially in the last year, mostly through investments coming from current or retired players (Shaquille O’Neal, Rick Fox, Jonas Jerebko) or team ownership (Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings).
With ELEAGUE, which resumes tonight on TBS with Group B of Season 2, being run by Turner, there is bound to be some cross-advertising during the network’s NBA broadcasts on TNT. That’s where Reggie Miller came in.
Play-by-play commentator Marv Albert went into a scripted promo for ELEAGUE during the third quarter of Thursday’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, and Miller chimed in to razz Jerebko, a Celtics player who purchased Renegades in August.
Albert: ELEAGUE is back, catch the best in esports with ELEAGUE Season 2 on TBS, every Friday.
Miller: And I believe Jerebko has a team in the ELEAGUE, the Renegades, that he currently owns. He’s trying to get a Call of Duty team. This guy has too much time on his hands, man. He needs to be in the gym. What the heck is he doing having a ELEAGUE team. Are you kidding me?
For those who aren’t familiar with Miller, he’s a Hall of Fame shooting guard who played his entire career with the Indiana Pacers. He’s made the second-most 3-pointers of anybody in league history. Since retiring, he’s turned into a color analyst for Turner and is oft-criticized for his hot takes.
I suppose we can add another to the list.
Cover photo courtesy of ELEAGUE