At EA Play today, EA officially unveiled NBA Live 18. A new mode called The One will have you select between The Streets, which sees you playing 5-on-5 matches on real-world courts like Venice Beach, or The League, which involves playing in the NBA. Players will be able to upgrade gear including shoes and more.
Cleveland’s talented point guard has been chosen to be on the cover of NBA 2K18, the next edition of the wildly popular video game series enjoyed by fans — and even NBA All-Stars like Irving, who has an uncanny ability to get to the basket and score over taller defenders. Irving said he was both surprised and humbled by the selection. “It’s pretty cool that they even considered me for the cover,” he said over the phone from California as the Cavs prepared to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. “To be gracing the cover is pretty amazing. I’m glad that I can share it with not only my teammates but the organization, our Cleveland fans and just NBA fans in general.”
“I’m a huge gamer,” Irving said of his passion for playing video games at home. “There’s always competition going on in my house. Me and my friends have these unbelievable competitions, and my competitive streak sometimes gets the best of me.”
Irving sheepishly admits that he plays seemingly “every day,” with very specific rules when playing with friends: Six-minute quarters, no fatigue, a choice of three randomly selected teams (with an option for a fourth random team that you can’t switch from if you aren’t happy with your first three choices) and a five-game series amongst those teams. His “go-to” team? Not his Cavs or the rival Warriors but the Chicago Bulls. “Jimmy Butler is an animal in that game.” “The Cavs and Warriors are almost… they’re one and two,” says Irving. “If it’s not Cavs and Warriors matching up then it’s almost like unfair in 2K.”
Echo Fox players in a younger generation might not remember much about Fox, who at age 47 has said of being 6-foot-7, “It’s more than just height.” Fox can still play basketball, and he told WWG last month that nevertheless his esports players have challenged him to one-on-one in basketball. “Yeah a lot of my players do,” Fox said. “A lot of them are too young actually, so they don’t really know Rick Fox the basketball player. They respect the Lakers. They respect the championships. But they for some reason — maybe it’s the gray hair — they think they can just take me. I don’t know what it is. It’s like riding a bike. Put a basketball in my hands, and it’s going to be second nature.”