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Mitchell Franklin | Average to Savage EP147


This is the one hundred and forty-seventh episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring professional gamer Mitchell Franklin. Paul Guarino talked with Mitchell Franklin discussing how he got into the NBA 2K league, playing for NBA 2K teams such as the Kings and Lakers, and whats next for him.  

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This podcast interview with Mitchell Franklin was originally recorded on October 5, 2021

...this is the average to Savage podcast with paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone athletes, celebs and much more. What's up everybody. I'm back for another episode. The average Savage podcast. Our special guest today is Mitchell, franklin Mitchell. How's it going? It's going man, how you doing good? I appreciate you coming on. Yeah, I know you're a professional gamer so just tell me give me a little background and how you got involved in that. So I've honestly been playing two K. I've always been a little gamer since I was little um always been big into sports like basketball, soccer, all that good stuff. And I was actually just playing against high school friends and stuff and playing them in two K. And all that. And that's good, wasn't really losing between that and FIFA, I actually went to college and when I went to college I started beating people like people wanted to start playing me for money and I started beating them for money and it kind of got brought up because when I when I was I was like 14 or 16 I had one of the biggest cash prize team uh two K tournament that had been in the world so far. Uh it was two K, two K 12 and I won the $2000 tournament on this website called game battles dot com which was a team up. It was three on three. So back then it was two K. 12 or two K. 14. I'm getting old. Um and it was back because I remember vividly it was with the thunder and you played a lot to Westbrook, Caron Butler because you can shoot the ball. Durant and Ibaka and myself and three other teammates. One not in the league, one is the actual coach and general manager of the Orlando Magic gaming team and the other is the general manager and coach of the new york knicks gaming team. We actually won that tournament back then and At that age 22 grand I was like okay, it might be something with it. I kind of just started playing competitively, come home from sport practice and got into it more and more and what really started got what really got the ball rolling was when so it's five on five program where you play a lot as a position. My team that put together, we had won the Playstation four side of the $250,000 road to the All Star game of the full time college student. So I didn't really know how to explain to my mom and my professors and stuff but like I had to get flown out to New Orleans the next week to play the winner of the Xbox team in front of a crowd, live audience. Uh Kevin Durant was there C. J. Mccollum, who else? Aaron Gordon? Uh Kyrie and there's general managers and stuff and when I was sitting there playing on the stage for 250 grand as that, this might be a career. And they had just actually a couple weeks leading up to it announced the NBA two K. League and I was like I kinda gotta put college on hold and really go for this. I think I like doing this and I'm I'm good at it so you know why not? So that's try to short summarize that but yeah that's how I got it going. Yeah. So what you're in college, were you then? I was actually a junior. Okay, so like I was just like going into your freshman year...

...like would you ever thought like you could be like a professional video game? I did it because like I mean obviously there's a cod League and all that stuff so but there wasn't like an NBA two K. League, I just kind of played it for fun. You know, I'd come home from practice, I'd come home from classes and stuff and instead of going which I do like the party a little bit but instead of going out and partying all the time, I'd come home and play two K. You know, it's kind of that escape you chill, you chose your roommates, play with some of your homies online and stuff and I was just naturally really I guess good or skilled. I don't know, I worked really hard, I wouldn't really call it skill but then the more and more money opportunities started coming in the league got announced. I keep telling people I would have never seen myself like being able to travel the world or being able to even put on my resume that I've worked under multiple National Basketball Association's uh and just being able to put on my resume I'll tell you you're crazy. You told me this three years, 5 years 10 years ago. Yeah. Yeah. No definitely like just uh growing up too. Just like you know your parents always say like get off the. Yeah now it's like crazy how just the whole industry blew up just with just not even like two K. And just like E. Sports in general is just like insane now and you know you see all these like big companies like you would never think they're like sponsoring gamers and things like that and that's what they're doing now. It's like it's not. Yeah and it's only going to grow with technology is only going to keep growing so the gaming world and like I tell people and stuff it's pretty cool. Like I have my mom works that are worth a dishonest office and she has a little kids that play video games and stuff so she tells them about me or like they know me and it's cool get that text like hey so and so just follow you on instagram, would you give him a follow back and make their day please? And it's like I'm just a normal person you know but it's it's crazy that some people look up to you or like follow you or are a fan over a video game. It's nice. Yeah, definitely. So, um, I know you got your set up there, like you do like twitch and stuff too. Yeah. So, so right now I'm actually working for the Orlando magic under magic gaming. I'm actually doing youtube content creation and I stream to, yeah, sorry for this glare out. I just got the halo coming down. But yeah, I do not as consistent as I should, which sounds bad, but as a, as a full time gamer and stuff, it does get draining. You kind of just want to worry about focusing on playing the game and your objective in your role necessarily than having to please an audience and be on camera and stuff. But yeah, I do stream. I'm actually going to be streaming later tonight. A couple of series of tournaments. Nice. Yeah. And then tell me about like, um, your first season in the league. I know you said you, you've been playing for three seasons, so I believe that's all of them. Uh, Since it starts at 18. Yeah, So 2018 it was the first year, your first year. Yeah, yeah. I was actually drafted fourth overall in the first ever inaugural draft, which was pretty nuts to, and Davidson Madison Square Garden and sober was there and stuff And what made it more just nuts at that age and over a game is that my team a sacramento...

Kings Kings card gaming actually. They moved us into a mansion, it was actually George Hills old spot and he had gotten traded, so showing up there and living in a mansion with a bunch of other people and also every just stuff kept popping up more and more of a video game. One day wake up your i a favorite, your personal trainer now, UFC fighter former champion next day. Hey guys, we have a surprise for you, come to the studio and stuff. Show up their shack. Oh yeah Shaquille O'neal is your general manager like right over a video game. So that that was that was probably my favorite season to this day because like with that team as well because everything we had around this, we had ESPN actually document and follow us around so that it kind of made you feel like a rock star and it kind of made things start like coming into friction, like wow this is real right now. Yeah, for sure. I mean that's that's crazy that you guys are like living in mansions and things like uh yeah like what was it? So what's like uh what is uh A schedule like a two K gaming schedule look like? So during the league or like the off season because the offseason like I was telling you before we got on, you probably played the game more honest there. It's very comparable. Okay. Yeah, I mean like during the season. Okay, so during the season, what a typical day looks like you generally, which some people say, oh my God, you got the dream job and stuff, blah blah blah. Which It is cool to a certain extent, but people don't realize how much time you're staring into a screen and stuff and that you're essentially during the off season, all that to your basically working at 9-5 just the opposite way. So it's hard to have a normal social life and stuff because you got to think you from about 9 to 9 p.m. Three A. M. Eastern time, it's kind of like that's prime time to run program and all that because you have to accommodate for west coast time europe Australia, all that stuff. But during the season, typically typical workday, wake up, I don't really like to eat breakfast. The three seasons I was in, I was on the west coast team, so we have to accommodate to the east. So instead of our first scrim block being at one o'clock it be at 11 a.m. As a gamer. That's not that good because you're staying up all night anyways. Um so what you do essentially for practice is you're going to scrimmage a team in the best of three. So just basically play them straight up and you'll go, you'll go between 1 to 3, normally 2 to 3 screen box per day basically sunday through friday, you might get saturday off occasionally. It just varies what team you're part and you just play those teams. So I wake up, I don't know each shower, you want to look good, feel good, do good play that, take a break before the second screen block, grab a little lunch, get back on the sticks, play that again. Normally end around two after the two o'clock screen block or the four o'clock at five o'clock. Go eat dinner, chill. Then sometimes you don't even have the night of completely your coach or the team will want to come back and have a film session. So it's just like the NBA what I how I compare it is basically the N. B. A. In a virtual world.

Obviously don't do the physical aspect. I mean some teams have team workouts and all that but mentally it's way more draining stuff and you're just staring at the screen. But yeah so little stuff like that is essential like watching film, breaking down and analyzing your game, your team's game, your opponents coming up for this week and before covid and stuff. So season one and season two, you'd actually fly out to new york to play in a centralized location in a studio that can be recorded for twitch and all that. So it was kind of cool. Yeah. Yeah for sure. And I forgot to ask you like how did you how did you originally like qualify to get into the draft? So they do they do a combine like a like an NBA. Type combine where it's just like I said for practice you basically get dropped on a team and you play five on five and you the games are recorded you're allowed to stream and basically it's just a huge scouting field and you have to do statistically well and you keep like kind of like cuts in practice, you keep advancing and so you're finally the last set of pool and you move on to be draft eligible. Yeah. Yeah it's basically what you just said before just like exactly the same but it's a virtual world. Exactly yeah. I don't wanna I don't wanna I don't wanna be disrespectful to actually any NBA player. So that that's that's the best summary obviously not going into diving into details. Yeah. Yeah for sure. And then um I know you're on the Lakers game gaming team too. So um were you like traded or are you a fridge and you signed with them? So so like I'm not I'm a free agent, there's an expansion draft and they took me with their first pick in the expansion draft which that is when a new team comes into the league so basically they can have just like any other professional expansion draft. They're allowed to take someone from a pool or not opposing team. Obviously there's certain rights and stuff but yeah they selected me which was my time in L. A. Was awesome, definitely got to experience a lot of things like being in the total Lebron James walking by you. Our facility was in the actual Lakers facility so I'd walk into the kitchen and get lunch what they provide and I walked by magic johnson or someone. It was just surreal you know. And and other cool experiences like which like I said going into all this is over a video game. It's not like the whole Kobe celebration in life. I got to go with that because it was latest employees and stuff which was very surreal and really something cool that I'm gonna be able to share for years to come. Yeah. Yeah definitely. And then what are what are like some experiences like the other experience you had like playing people like have you played like famous people and things like that? Like has anyone called you out to like, like just famous like famous guys? Not really see that's what I wish the two K. Community had a little more like some people act fake but like necessarily A W. W. E. Type. Like if there is more beef and more like like it would be more entertaining. You know it doesn't really happen. People they kind of act more fake online than they will in person. Like they'll smile on your face in person try to act cool but online they'll talk a little bit but it'll never get to that point. But yeah, I...

...met a ton of friends and play with a ton of people over to k and still do, like, people like Nicole hardman Darius guys, various guys is one of my closer friends down on that over the game. Um Daniel Cormier, trying to think that's a little DeAndre Ayton. Um the list goes on because I think it's cool that you play two K like that and they want to win. So like athletes and stuff, they're tired of playing with the RL friend stuff and losing. So they want to play with someone and went, so it's pretty cool. Yeah, definitely. Um like what, what advice would you give to a younger person trying to, trying to become a professional game. I'd say there's gonna be some people that don't believe in you, like your parents and stuff. I know some are about it with myself, it was easier because I was already playing in front of, in front of a crowd and stuff on tv for money and stuff, so it's easy to pitch it to my mom and be like, look like I'm doing this like a pretty good, it's an actual career. Um but honestly, like I said, I don't think to a certain extent it is skilled, but with video games and stuff, it's just work ethic. You know, it sounds cliche as it sounds corny, but if you want to do something, you have to be passionate about it and you have to be consistent. You have to actually put, you have to consistently put in the work and actually believe in your work because a lot of people won't end how toxic and uh, I guess judgmental and overpowering social media can be nowadays. You have to kind of ignore and block out like any type of noise and stuff and you have to really believe in yourself and really just put in the work. I truly believe that being professional video games, especially like two K you don't need insane reflexes like call of duty or ridiculous response time or anything. You just, you have to consistently put in the work and make sure you get better because I don't think there's a ton of skill from this and if it does, it generally comes from people who you know work their asses off and believe in their work and are consistent about it. Yeah, no, definitely. All right. You ready? You ready for some fun questions now? It's Aaron. Alright, how did you get your nickname? I got my nickname from actually high school soccer, my name starts with the M obviously and one of my teammates just called me moody one time and it was just just kind of stuck. Like I, there was no reason behind it. Just that my name started with an M and now people other than like my family, even my close friends call me it like they, they call me moody or move just because it's catchy. It's quick that no one really caused me Mitchell or anything and I wanted to be known as an alias. Like if I heard someone that I didn't know or anything like I know they're talking about me, I didn't want to be like basketball game or 116 or something. Like I wanted to be myself. Like if I heard someone say moody or mood I knew oh, they're talking about me. I don't have to second guess. Yeah. Yeah, no, definitely. That's funny. Basketball player one. I mean some of these names, people having kids nowadays come up with a ridiculous and...

...it's like you can, that is the cool thing though. About about it is you can be anyone you want, especially as the kids, like you can have your own aliens. You can be anyone you want honestly or be a different person to me. I like myself. I like to be authentic and stuff and it just fits like, Yeah, definitely. Now I saw your UFC fan, what's like a fight that you want to see happen That hasn't happened. Yeah. You have to just follow my favorite thing to watch period or follow. Um, it's a good question. Hold on, Let me think about this. Oh, it's got to be, I hope it happens if he stays out of trouble. I want to see Jon jones against Ghana for the heavyweight belt. I'm very interested in that matchup because of how quick and technically skilled Jon jones is, but how powerful and gone who is on it. Uh It could go either way honestly. Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Yeah, definitely want to see Jon jones back to just because you've been so dominant. Like Exactly. I'm a, I'm a big Connor fan to like, he's probably my favorite athlete ever. Not just in the hype. I started following him when he was coming up and stuff and I like, I like underdog stories. Like obviously the people won't know unless they do research about him coming as a, as a plumber and you know, being broke and staying with this high school girlfriend or whatever is, it's really inspiring to what he does now and how confident he is. Um I like to see him versus Diaz again. Think that'd be cool. I'll watch that again for sure. Yeah, I like, I like Stoneman. I like, I like people that are showman. I like, I like the trash talk. I like, I like the action. Yeah, that's why it's like, like I'm a boxing guy too. And just like, it's just like some of the top boxer in the world, like nobody knows about them. Like not a casual fan knows about them basically. UFC. It's just like when they build up the hype and stuff like that then like people hit me up that I know they're not like hardcore fans and I'm like they're seeing this like like that. It's a big deal but like in boxing I think they just got to do a little more of that. Yeah. I wasn't big in a box in one of my teammates. Actually got me a little bit more into and I like watching because I like combat sports and fighting stuff. But yeah it's crazy like showman but I think my favorite box right now is Earl Spence Jr he's not really a showman like that. I just like how a box is clean. I like his story. I like that's what they got. That's what you have said that such a good job and dana White's a mastermind. They market, they build storylines. I don't think they really do that in boxing. Yeah, definitely. Yeah, that's I mean that's that's a perfect example. Like I'm sure if you act like a casual sportsman they probably don't know who he IS. one of the best, literally a superstar. All right. What about what's your favorite song right now? Favorite song? I don't I don't think I have a really favorite song about my favorite my go to song I guess when I need some motivation or in game like when you get hired by like like right Hand to God by Nipsey hustle. Yeah. Living out in l a rubbed on me a little bit like all that. So that song just I don't know what songs with courses that gets you going and stuff you can get locked in. So I like that song right now. Yeah, definitely. What about like, what's...

...your favorite thing to snack on while you're gaming? See I don't like to stay clean. I don't really like to eat one. I like to, I like to keep my control. What about what about your favorite stuff? Favorite drink? Favorite drink. So I think right now it's a game. I only really drink water unless it's soda you mentioned with liquor or something like that. But I recently tried to sour blue chug rug from G fuel and I don't know what they put in. It tastes like game. I kind of like that. All right. All right. Last one. I know you're, you're Washington football team fan. Unfortunately. What, what do you want them to change their team name too? Uh, at this point keep it, but I wouldn't, I'm actually going to the game sunday too. Probably. Um, I like, I think one of them was the war hogs isn't bad and then I like the red wolves. Red Wolves is clean. I'm big in the marketing. I like unique. I don't like, I was explaining one of my boys. I didn't like that Washington like warriors for example is even part of it because then we'd always be second fiddle to the obviously golden state warriors. Like I like something unique. So I think red Wolves is clean nor the red wolves, you can do so much with logos and branding like that. So I think that that's my front runner. I don't want something corny like the Washington precedents or Washington commanders or something. Like just either keep WFTv because it is cool to say hey where the football team even though we don't even have a logo really. But I like Red Wolves I think. Yeah I like that too. I I only I don't really like the senator's name but I kind of like it just because it was a baseball team so it's like you do. Yeah. I wouldn't mind. I just I just feel like I get you have to, it's a long process because you have to get logo and copyrights and trademarks and stuff. But it's just dragged out to, it should have been down between the season now. I don't know. It's kind of weird. It didn't get it out before the season. Yeah. I mean it's funny, I don't know if you saw it with the with the Cleveland uh Guardians now they didn't even uh do any research and type in that people have the handles and the U. R. L. S. And stuff like that, which was knocks to me. It blows my mind. No hate. But some some of these people that just get paid thousands of millions of dollars to just do jobs like that and just don't even do it like where's the loophole of getting hired you like uh it's crazy. Yeah. Crazy. All right, well, I appreciate you coming on. And could you let the listeners nowhere to follow you at? For sure. About how about switching to you? Where can they find you? Let me hear your hand was uh my for average savage. It's a V. E. G. The number two S A V. And then my personal uh PCG seven and then my brand PG sports is just at PG go, go follow that. I follow all those two, I'm pretty sure already. Uh twitter is where I mainly at. I always tell people,...

...no matter what. I've always praise myself on this. No matter if you have uh one follower or one million, if you ever want advice spreading love positivity, I will always reply to you. Um, Twitter at Moody to K two Wise, That's where the best five Instagram is at. Big shot mood. Youtube is that moody to wise twitch moody to wise. I did it to y so when you look it up, I'm the only one you have to keep it. Have to keep it like that. Um, that's about it. Don't really do tick tock. Um Yeah, but you don't dance yet. No, I'm 27 now, I'll get on and watch it. I can't lie. But like, I'm, I'm not gonna get on Tiktok and do dancing. That's not me. I'm staying in my lane. But yeah, Twitter is the best way to find me and I will always find time to reply to you guys or anyone unless you're obviously negative or showing eight. If I don't reply the first time, just don't just stand and I don't care. I'll CNN reply again. I appreciate it. Yeah, for sure anytime. Okay. Yeah.

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