SALT LAKE CITY -- Shaka Browne and Lytel Martin had exactly the same routine growing up. They'd go to school. They'd come home. They'd pop-in NBA 2K9 -- the 2009 variant of this NBA-based video NBA 2K Coins game -- and could ball online. Five-on-five digital games. On the weekends, same thing. Play all weekend. Come home, log into NBA 2K and game. Day after day. Week after week. Browne (who goes by"Shaka") and Martin (who goes by"Lotty") climbed the worldwide rankings of the NBA 2K9 online community. It was a competitive time with countless thousands competing online. Shaka, whose speech was"YoungSparks92," saw someone climbing the rankings with him. The two New Yorkers were linked together then. See, at the time, it was all about rankings. They climbed the ladder up. They jockeyed for position. Shaka had the bragging rights -- always ahead of Lotty. When Lotty discovered both NBA 2K stars climbed up in the Exact Same area of Mount Vernon, New York. He knew he had to battle him. 1 game to decide bragging rights to town and 2K. They went to different high schools, therefore it was not like they could join on their own. However they had mutual friends, so the match was put up. Shaka wanted the chance to play Lotty one . He knew he was a much better Buy NBA 2K21 MT Coins player than him, even though they were always neck-and-neck in the competitive rankings. He only wanted the moment to prove it. They played a hard-fought game. Lotty picked the Los Angeles Lakers -- a group touting a prime Kobe Bryant -- and Shaka picked the Rockets, which had Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming at the time.