Note: DIMER is hosting the NAPX Player Spotlight interviews, written and contributed by NAPX staff. The opinions expressed do not reflect the views of DIMER.
By: Derick Stevens
The NBA2K Pro-Am community is full of talented players all vying for a shot at the NBA 2K League. Because of this, there is a significant amount of competition growing from all veins of the game. In an attempt to shine a light on some of the better players in the NBA2K community, the NAPX staff has decided to choose an exceptional player from one of the various Pro-Am teams.
I was able to interview Robar, @R0BAR, owner and center of Witness The Grind (WTG). His first introduction to the NBA 2K franchise was NBA 2K11, though he went on to say that he did not become serious about the game until late in the NBA 2K17 cycle.
Here’s what else he had to say:
NAPX: Let’s just jump right in. NBA 2K is in an interesting place when it comes to mixing sports games and strategy. What’s your approach to preparing for an opponent or a big matchup?
Robar: My approach is to always watch their film first, study and analyze their tendencies and plays, then we watch our recent games and see how we can change our game to attack their weaknesses.
NAPX: Watching film is my favorite part of Pro-Am. I enjoy breaking down a player’s tendencies so that I can take advantage of them. In your experience, what are some of the hardest teams and players to scout on film? What do they do that normal teams don’t do often that ticks your, ‘this isn’t normal,’ radar?
Robar: We’ve only had two big planned matchups so far, Throwdown and MakeItHappen. TD was definitely an easier read. I have rewatched our 4 or 5 games with the Direwolves, and I personally think they raise my “this isn’t normal” radar more than other teams. BOHIO and Glo run a different PnR than most teams since he’s a shot creator.
NAPX: Expanding on that idea, what do you think is a potential area of NBA 2K19 that doesn’t receive much attention but if used correctly can give a team huge positive results?
Robar: Being unique. Every team copies each other and teams become so used to a certain type of offense, it becomes easy to guard. That’s why I think WTG has had so much success, we’re unique.
NAPX: Being unique, I would say, is the number one thing about grabbing the attention of NBA 2K League teams. Other than that, what could you bring to a NBA 2K League team that would elevate their style of play and success?
Robar: I feel the IQ I bring to the court as a center exceeds what most can offer. Having played 1-5 I understand what is needed to be successful. I also think with my age and maturity I can offer a leadership role on and off the court.
NAPX: Well, I’m certainly excited to see what you and WTG will bring to the table in November. Do you have any parting words?
Robar: Nothing, just going to stay humble and do my thing!