NBA Stars Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings “Hanging Out With Fans” in the PlayUp App as NBA Finals Tip-Off
NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — PlayUp, the first social network app exclusively for sports fans, socializers and gamers, announced today it has teamed up with NBA stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Brandon Jennings surrounding the 2012 NBA Finals, when LeBron James and the Miami Heat visit Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder as the best of seven series for the title commences.
When tonight’s game tips off at 9pm ET, Curry will be chatting with basketball fans in his hangout room in the free PlayUp app for iOS and Android devices. During Game 2 on Thursday, June 14 at 9pm EST, Jennings will get his chance to connect with fans in the app. Fans can discuss the action with these former unanimous selections on the 2010 NBA All-Rookie First Team as the NBA’s best battle to get one win closer to being crowned NBA champions.
PlayUp is following up on previous successes when NFL stars Steven Jackson and Stevie Johnson engaged with fans during the Super Bowl, and March Madness legends Al Horford, Brandon Knight and Jay Williams chatted during the NCAA Final Four.
“PlayUp is once again offering fans an incredible opportunity to connect with two of the most likeable budding superstars during what is sure to be an exciting and memorable NBA Finals,” said PlayUp USA CEO Dennis Lee. “We are extremely proud to offer a platform for Stephen and Brandon to showcase their great personalities to fans.”
Curry has been a fan favorite since being drafted 7th by the Warriors in the 2009 NBA Draft. In his rookie season as starting guard for the Warriors, Curry averaged 17.5 ppg and 5.9 assists per game and broke the record for most three-point field goals made by a rookie with 186, hitting on .437 of his three-point attempts. He followed up his strong rookie campaign pouring in 18.5 ppg and 5.8 apg in the 2010-11 season, leading the NBA in free throw percentage at .934 and earning the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
“I am so excited for this Finals, and getting to watch Game 1 with fans is going to be a wonderful experience,” said Curry. “I hope all my fans join me in the PlayUp app. I’ll be answering questions, breaking down the game, and making my predictions for the series.”
Curry burst onto the national scene during the 2008-09 NCAA basketball season when he led the nation in scoring with 28.6 ppg and brought the Davidson Wildcats to the Elite 8, becoming the face of March Madness.
Jennings will get his chance to chat with fans during Game 2′s action. The third-year veteran is coming off his best season to date, playing in all 66 games of the lockout-shortened NBA season, scoring 19.1 ppg and dishing out 5.5 apg game, while also shooting the best field goal percentage in his young career, at .418.
After spending a year in Europe playing professional basketball, Jennings was drafted by the Bucks 10th overall in the 2009 Draft and proved to have an explosive rookie season. He scored 55 points in one contest, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to do so. He led the Bucks to within one game of advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs, scoring 18.7 ppg in the seven-game series.
PlayUp launched in October and enables sports fans to follow their choice of more than 36,000 live games while simultaneously discussing the action with fellow fans on their mobile devices. The free app includes real-time scoring and stats, along with the option to create private rooms to discuss the action with friends or join public rooms to interact with fans from around the world – play by play and pitch by pitch – for every NFL, college football and basketball, NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS game, as well as a variety of international leagues from around the globe.
PlayUp specializes in building mobile communities around sports. The company was founded by Australian entrepreneurs Luke Bunbury and George Tomeski in 2007 to develop mobile-based sports/social gaming applications. In 2010, PlayUp games were distributed in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2011, PlayUp launched the first mobile-based social network dedicated to live sports. The resulting PlayUp social network is the first real-time, mass-market social gaming platform enabling users globally to interact via their mobile devices during live games. For more information, visit http://www.playup.com.