Who's ready for the NBA 2K16 hype train to kick into second gear? Tidbits of information are making their way to the virtual sports community, and the early details are exciting.
Just before the NBA Finals tip off on Thursday night in Oakland, California, 2K Sports released its first trailer for the game, which is set to hit stores on Sept. 29 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
The trailer features renowned film director Spike Lee, whom we learned directed the storyline portion of MyCareer mode in the game this year.
If you watch the trailer above and take a gander at the covers included in the tweet below, it's clear to see the story will be paramount in this year's MyCareer journey.
The video features Lee speaking in an old-school Nike commercial sort of way. Video backdrops of street courts as well as high school and college gyms bolster his short speech.
We learned early on Thursday that your MyPlayer will be a high school athlete charged with navigating the many temptations and obstacles that can impede a young prospect on and off the court.
In Marco della Cava of USA Today's original story, he reports the name of your MyPlayer is "Frequency Vibrations." This momentarily caused some concern in the NBA 2K community. Saddling gamers with a name would have essentially taken the "my" out of MyCareer.
Thankfully, NBA 2K social media manager Ronnie Singh, aka Ronnie 2K, tweeted this message to ease concerns and restore excitement:
Now that Singh has cleared up a minor misconception, we can begin to speculate on what this MyCareer journey will include. Here's a thought to ponder: Could this year's NBA 2K feature some element of college basketball?
Obviously, we know the beloved College Hoops 2K series was cancelled back in 2007, but there's room to speculate that there could be some type of collegiate hoops represented in this year's game.
The trailer features college gyms, and your MyPlayer starts off as a high schooler. Something has to happen to get you from high school to the pros. With the NBA's rule against players jumping from high school to the NBA, we know that won't be the angle the game takes.
What if Lee brings in a fictitious university, such as Big State from his 1998 cult classic He Got Game?
I wouldn't expect it to be Big State per se. But a fictional university that your MyPlayer can attend with the option of coming out after his freshman, sophomore, junior or senior season? That would be dope. Perhaps it might even serve as a precursor to the return of the College Hoops 2K series...please...no?
Let's add another layer to this while we're getting crazy.
What if there's an Emmanuel Mudiay element involved? What do I mean? Perhaps your high schooler will have the option to take his talents abroad—say to the Euroleague, with whom NBA 2K already has a licensing deal—before entering the draft the following year.
At the one-minute mark of the video, there are sound bites that may come from an international basketball experience.
We must remember that 2K Sports has been cryptic in the past during the hype period. So this manner of thinking isn't out of bounds.
At any rate, it's going to be interesting to hear the details as they come to light. With a little less than four months before the release, the countdown is on.
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