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Pro League of Legends team sold to ex-NBA player for $1 million

Rick Fox is known for a lot of things. Now he's an esports team owner.

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The actor and former pro basketball player Rick Fox is the new owner of the League of Legends team Gravity Gaming, which will be rebranded with his name.

To be known now as Echo Fox, the team was acquired and renamed at the beginning of this year. Gravity Gaming made two top six finishes in League of Legends' spring and summer seasons in North America, but failed to qualify for the world championship. The Daily Dot reported earlier this month that the team was sold for $1 million.

Darren Rovell of ESPN first reported that Fox was the buyer yesterday morning.

Fox, 46, has had an eclectic career of notable mentions. He played basketball for North Carolina and hit the winning shot to topple No. 1 seed Oklahoma in the 1990 NCAA tournament. He later played a solid 13 seasons in the NBA, winning three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fox was once married to Vanessa Williams, who is probably the most famous Miss America ever, and also starred on the HBO prison drama Oz. Now he owns an esports team. SB Nation pointed out his interest in League of Legends is not a total surprise, chatting about esports developments on NBA TV with the Utah Jazz' Gordon Hayward, who himself is an avid competitive gamer.