Two-time NBA winner and former league Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant on Thursday turned the most recent substantial-profile athlete to buy a Important League Pickleball (MLP) enlargement staff.
The Brooklyn Nets forward and business companion Loaded Kleiman declared that their 30 5 Ventures (35V) company obtained a pickleball group that is set to contend in the 2023 MLP season.
MLP Founder and Chief Government Officer Steve Kuhn claimed Durant, who led the Golden State Warriors to NBA titles in 2017 and 2018, and Kleiman would be “game-altering partners” for the league.
“They not only provide passion for the recreation, but also unmatched knowledge to help us to continue on to increase,” Kuhn said in a information launch.
“We’re especially thrilled about their options to carry pickleball to underserved communities – anything they have completed with basketball for many years.”
Other MLP team house owners and partners include things like four-time NBA winner LeBron James, Tremendous Bowl-successful quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees as well as previous earth quantity just one tennis player Kim Clijsters.
The MLP will broaden from 12 groups to 16 up coming period, with the selection of activities doubling from a few to 6 and the full prizemoney established to surpass $2 million.
Invented in 1965, pickleball is a quick-paced paddle sport comparable to tennis and badminton, though it is played on a scaled-down court docket with a internet working with a perforated plastic ball.
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