Browne (who goes by"Shaka") and Martin (who goes by"Lotty") climbed the global rankings of the NBA 2K9 online community PSO2 NGS Meseta. It was a competitive period with countless thousands competing online. Shaka, whose speech has been"YoungSparks92," saw somebody climbing the ranks with him. Both New Yorkers were linked together then. Little did they know that nearly a decade later they would be competing side by side for the Utah Jazz at a professional league for NBA 2K gamers.

See, in the time, it was all about rankings. They climbed up the ladder. Shaka had the bragging rights -- always ahead of Lotty. So when Lotty discovered both NBA 2K stars grew up in the same neighborhood of Mount Vernon, New York. He knew he needed to fight him. One game to decide bragging rights to the town and 2K. They went to different high schools, so it wasn't like they could join by themselves. But they had mutual friends, so the game was put up.

Shaka wanted the chance to play Lotty one. He knew he was a much better player than him, even if they had been always neck-and-neck at the competitive positions. He only wanted the moment to establish it. They played a hard-fought game. The game was close, but Shaka won by 10 or so.

After that night, both competitors -- that had never met until there -- ended up going to the movies. Fast forward over 10 years and the two are still side by side, teaming together on Jazz Gaming, the Utah Jazz affiliate for its NBA 2K League. "When we discovered that we were from precisely the same area and we were both on top of the world, such as, wow, that's crazy we will need to start hanging out and talking about the game to kind of learn from each other cheap meseta pso2," Shaka said. "And then we only became teammates after that."