WINTER PARK, FL - JUNE 15: during The Ticket Tournament of the NBA 2K League on June 15, 2019 at The Fortress at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA 2k League can claim that they they brought home the first official esports award at the ESPYS as Cavs Legion player, Tim “oLarry” Anselimo, won “Best Esports Moment”.

Last August, oLarry was present the tragic Madden tournament in Jacksonville, FL last year where two people were killed and ten others were injured. oLarry was shot four times and had to have major surgery to keep his thumb attached to his hand. Today, he still has one of the bullets inside his body.

A thumb or wrist injury can be devastating, and in some cases, career-ending for esports athletes. So being able to come back the following season and still play at the highest level of NBA 2k is nothing short of amazing. Even his opponent in the category, Ninja, conceded that oLarry’s story is deserving of recognition.

The category was awarded in the ESPYS pre-show and was put to a fan vote over a number of weeks. The nominees included moments such as Team Liquids win over Invictus Gaming at MSI and the Shanghai Dragons ending their 40+ game losing streak in Overwatch League.

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