In today’s post, I got the chance to have a conversation with Kings World. Below we talk about all things UPA-related, his plans going forward, his NBA 2K League aspirations, and much more. Thank you all for taking the time to view this article and thank you to KingsWorld for taking the time to speak with me.
Q: What are some things that stood out to you at the UPA event, either gameplay-wise or just in general?
A: “One thing that stood out to me was the fact that you could really tell who was nervous and who was ready to go. The opportunity to play in front of people and those watching was amazing. I got to meet people I’ve been cool with for a while and introduce myself to some scouts. We all know connections are important.
What stood out the most was the way WR, UPA, and Lab all tried to make content. They got everyone involved and tried to give everyone the spotlight, I was able to get an interview or two with them and that’s something I’m very appreciative of.”
Q: You played with Fire Sticks Gaming at the UPA event. What was it like playing with those guys and what did it mean for you to be able to play on that stage and build a name for yourself going into pre-draft?
A: “People don’t know this but I had maybe 2 weeks with them before Dallas, so we didn’t know how we would perform. I always told them just trust in me and we will be good. They put their trust in me on the defensive end to be the leader and I have nothing but good things to say about Dot and the whole FSG team. He took a chance on me.
FYI I came from Xbox and played on PlayStation. Playing on that stage I really felt at home. I’ve run track in front of 250K people so a few hundred was no issue to me. I was excited because all I needed was a chance. I was able to not only showcase my talent but show people my personality.
As far as my name goes, I’m glad I got the opportunity to show people the real me. There were some people in the community that had a narrative that ‘I wasn’t good on lock’ or ‘I fold’. Time and time again on the biggest stage I showed what I can do and it’s only up from here.“
Q: Every game that you guys played, you were seen standing up for the entirety of the time. Was that all a part of the plan?
A: “I just did not feel like sitting. I’m not sure how it came about, but it kind of just happened. I was just locked in. That’s how I got comfortable. I’ve never been the type to fit in.“
Q: With post-draft winding down, let’s look forward to pre-draft. Will you be playing lockdown again or do you anticipate switching positions. And, will you be playing with “Before The Fame” again?
A: It’s still up in the air as far as position. I’ve played PG, SG, and lockdown now. At this moment I’ll probably be moving back to SG but also be playing lock, so a hash/lock role. I know versatility is a VERY important thing in the league. I feel like I am one of the best defensive players on both consoles. I will be playing lock and center for the rest of this post-draft to showcase that also.
It always and forever will be “Before The Fame”. I started that brand a while back with Oreo and I don’t see myself doing anything else. Out the mud has always been my style. I got some very underrated guys hooping with me pre-draft. StunStun will be my point guard and I won’t name the rest for right now. BTF is more than a team to me. It’s a culture and a family. I built a lot of things around it clothes, content, and even YouTube. “
Q: What was your favorite part of the UPA event outside of playing the game?
A: “My favorite part of UPA besides the game was all of the content. It was amazing to see everyone put their differences aside and come together as a community. UPA was a bit last minute for me, but it all worked out and I can’t wait for the next event.”
Q: What are some things that you may want scouts/coaches/GMs in the NBA 2K League to know about you aside from your NBA 2K skills?
A: Outside of 2k, I am a known leader. I’ve been put at top positions ever since I started playing sports. I probably am the most hardworking person I know. I bring out the best in people. I know where I came from and how hard it was for me to get to this point in my life, so I try to use that to help and inspire others.”
Q: What was your favorite spot to eat at in Arlington?
A: “My favorite place to eat was definitely Shell Shack. It was a seafood spot that a friend and I went to. It was by far the BEST.”
Q: What are some goals that you may have headed into NBA 2K22?
A: Goals for 2K22: Drop more content than this previous year. Get partnered on YouTube and Twitch. Make the NBA 2K League. Be an even bigger influence in the community than I already am.”
Q: Which team did you enjoy watching the most at the UPA event when you guys weren’t playing?
A: I enjoyed watching my guys To The Moon and Liquid the most. There are a few other players I like in particular on other teams such as Pat, Glizzy, Peroxide, and Merc to name a few. I also really enjoyed making FSG content. Dot really put his all into us. Between him and Winner, they made sure we were the spotlight. They made sure it was all about FSG.”
Q: Do you have any final thoughts as we wrap up this Q&A?
A: “If there’s any narrative around my name right now, I feel like it should be that I came to hoop this weekend. I came to a new console, won, and gave the best team and PG on that console a run for their money. I’ll be on both consoles for the next 2K also.
Dallas was great and shoutout to those who made it happen. I think I’m in a good position going forward and I will keep pushing. I appreciate the people who reached out to me. I know I have a long road ahead to get drafted next year but I’m going to make myself undeniable for season five. If any scout wants film on me, I have Twitch and YouTube and I post on both consistently. #ImHim“
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