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.”
And Shaquille O’Neal will be on the cover of NBA 2K18 Legend Edition when it comes out this fall, 2K sports announced today. “I want to thank NBA 2K for their continuous support of my basketball and broadcast career,” O’Neal. “I’m excited to be on the cover of the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition and I hope my fans have a blast playing it up big man style and re-creating my most legendary in-game moments!”
The NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software will name Brendan Donohue as managing director of the new NBA 2K esports league on Tuesday. Donohue will oversee the league, which was formed between the NBA and Take-Two and is set to launch with its inaugural season in 2018. “[I’m] just taking what 2K has already built up in terms of popularity around the game and really building an audience around this,” Donohue told ESPN. “It is the most popular sports title in North America and, most importantly, the most highly regarded in terms of the actual game.”
“We’re thrilled that we already have in place a seasoned sports executive to lead this new league,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “The fact that Brendan knows the NBA inside and out is a huge bonus and will enable us to ramp up this venture in record time.” Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards, told ESPN that the Wizards will be one of the franchises to participate in the upcoming league.
For a fun time, watch this trailer for the upcoming NBA Playgrounds—out in May—and see how close they come to saying “NBA Jam” without actually saying “NBA Jam”. 2v2 arcade basketball, cartoon players, exaggerated moves, it’s all certainly very familiar to NBA Jam fans, as well as anyone who played NBA Street.