Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr. to compete in Bleacher Report FIFA tourney

Cleveland Cavaliers big Larry Nance Jr. dunks the ball. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big Larry Nance Jr. dunks the ball. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. will be competing in a Bleacher Report FIFA tournament this week, of which will feature four NBA players and four professional soccer players.

With the NBA season being on hiatus until further notice for the Cleveland Cavaliers and other teams, of which you can view recent reported updates here, it’s understandable for NBA players, just like the rest of us, to be especially active gamers.

Larry Nance Jr. is definitely a player that fits that description, regardless of in/out of season, and I’m sure that’s the case for countless others around the league.

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Players might as well be, as right now, in particular, given the novel coronavirus pandemic, it’s a really nice outlet to unwind and also is a cool way to get in touch with teammates for Nance and others, too.

Nance, who is a massive soccer fan (he’d probably say football/futbol), is a big-time Chelsea guy, and I’d imagine that might be a squad he’d be rolling with in an upcoming current FIFA Bleacher Report tournament he’s set to compete in this week.

This tourney will feature four NBA players, in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso, the Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Josh Richardson and Nance, and it will also feature four footballers competing.

That relates to Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig, whose a member of the U.S. Men’s national team, along with Marco Asensio of Real Madrid, Weston McKennie of FC Schalke 04 and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United.

Full matches will be streamed on B/R Football’s YouTube channel beginning on Wednesday.

This tourney, players will be trying to win the “B/R Belt,” so seemingly bragging rights, and it’d be fun to see Jr. win this. I’d think he’d be more than capable, too.

The first matchups are shown below, and in the quarters, Nance will be facing McKennie.

Moreover, Nance will be another player on the Cleveland Cavaliers competing in a notable gaming tourney as of late. Andre Drummond competed in an ESPN NBA 2K20 tourney, of which KJG’s Billy Beebe touched on, and Drummond was one of the athletes involved in a Fortnite tournament which was the first installment in relation to the World Health Organization’s #PlayApartTogether initiative.

Players in that weekly event have been competing to donate $25,000 to a COVID-19 charity relief effort of their choice, and it was amazing to see Drummond donate $160,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts himself and also join up with JBL Audio in donating 10,000 pairs of headphones to Detroit and Cleveland area schools.

Nance has also stepped up in that regard in a tremendous way, as he donated $50,000 to each of the Greater Cleveland and Akron Regional Food Banks to help get those in need food during such a difficult time.

When it comes to on the floor, I’ve been really impressed with Nance has continued to progress with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thus far in this 2019-20 season, he’s averaged what is on track to be a career-best 10.1 points per game, per Basketball Reference, to go with 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per outing.

Additionally, he’s only gotten better as a three-point shooter, as he’s knocked in what would also be a career-best 35.2 percent of his triples on a career-high 2.8 attempts per outing.

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Anyhow, let’s hope Nance can win the B/R Belt this week. Good luck, Jr.!