Alex Bernstein, also known as “STEEZ”, is a member of 76ers Gaming which is apart of the NBA 2K League, an ESports league established this past year. I sat down with him to ask him a few questions about himself and the team. If you are interested I’ll put a link at the end of an interview he did with the NBA breaking down his game against the Bucks.
Jack: For those who don’t know, how did you get into the 2K league and more importantly, the 76ers?
STEEZ: Basically there was a combine with about 77,000 players to showcase their talents and after that they reduced the number to the top 250 which would land you with a Skype call with the NBA representatives and if that went well you made the top 102 and were guaranteed a spot in the draft.
Jack: Awesome! How are your teammates? Do you guys talk a lot outside of practices and games?
STEEZ: Yeah we actually have a great chemistry. We have created more of a brother hood/ family where we hangout and eat together. Really helps with the on court execution as well
Jack: That’s always a huge part of playing as a team. Now many people don’t know how much time and effort goes into this. How many hours a week do you spend game planning and practicing?
STEEZ: So many elements go into a practice week. For instance, like traditional sports we watch film, Practice shooting, and scrimmage all week. Usually we are at the facility grinding anywhere from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This still gives us time at the end of the day to get away from the monitor screens for a little and just decompress and relax.
Jack: What hobbies do you have outside of ESports?
STEEZ: When I’m not gaming I enjoy watching classic movies. I also like playing adult league softball and football.
Jack: Were you a fan of the 76ers before you were drafted?
STEEZ: I won’t lie… since I’m a Cali kid I have always been a fan of the Lakers but some of my favorite players are Allen Iverson and Julius Erving.
Jack: What position do you play and is there any play styles that you like to emulate from any of your favorite players?
STEEZ: I was drafted to the 76ersGC as a small forward but was moved to start at Center. I like to match the same intensity that Joel Embiid has on the court because I feel he is an offensive threat but still finds a way to be the defensive anchor the team needs to get stops.
Jack: Well thank you so much for doing this STEEZ, do you have anything you would like to plug? Any social media’s or new projects coming up?
STEEZ: I guess just my twitter and Instagram. It’s the best way to keep up with my life in the 2k league.
You can follow STEEZ on Twitter (Steez_2k) and Instagram (bernsteez)! Until next time… Trust the Process!
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