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Former NBA player to sign autographs at Richmond this weekend

Gary Payton will be in Richmond on Mar.18.

A Richmond Best Buy store is hosting a meet-and-greet event with former NBA player Gary Payton this weekend.

Former basketball player Payton will be with mixed-media designer Will Selviz at Lansdowne's Best Buy store for an NBA Creators event on Mar. 18 between 2 and 3 p.m.

The event will be broadcasted live at 30 Best Buy stores across Canada where Payton will sign autographs for fans while Selviz will be doing a live digital design session on-site.

Payton is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle Supersonics and is considered one of the greatest point guards of all time.

Selviz is an Afro-Caribbean multidisciplinary designer specializing in immersive media technologies such as 3D animation, virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 videos.

"By bringing NBA superstars and digital artists, like Gary Payton and Will Selviz together, it aims to draw all Canadian fans and artists into the digital content space and encourage them to explore the possibilities of technology in bringing ideas and stories to life," reads a Best Buy media release.

The NBA Creators event is presented by Microsoft Surface and has been aiming to support Canadian artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) over the past three NBA seasons.

In the media release, Best Buy adds that the event’s goal is to also “increase exposure of Canadian illustrators and graphic designers” by having various NBA and Microsoft platforms highlighting their art and stories.