The hippest guy in Salt Lake City ever, by the way, explained to media that his decision to go on Cowherd’s show would be considered a “countergank,” a strong pushback, in the videogame world. Being Mr. Hip wasn’t always the case for the guy who got teased relentlessly earlier in his career for eating ate an Olive Garden in New York City instead of visiting one of the thousands of non-chain restaurants. Even Hayward, who joked that he might’ve “hit puberty sometime (in his NBA career),” can admit that he’s different. “I got married,” Hayward joked. “My wife has changed my appearance a bit.”
Brandon Jennings: Blasphemy. Kobe Bryant is #5. 2k gotta chill. The Internet just let you do whatever. Kobe led the league in scoring before he got hurt.
EA Sports seems to be more generous with its player ratings system in NBA Live 16. Kobe Bryant is rated higher in EA’s game compared to NBA 2K16. As you can see from the screenshot above, Kobe Bryant has been rated 89 in NBA Live 16. This is higher than the 85 that he received in NBA 2K16. His rating in 2K16 is the lowest he has ever received in his entire career.
TMZ was lucky enough to catch up with Dion Waiters, who has a pretty high impression of himself, to get his thoughts on Kobe and his new 2K rating. From the tone in Waiters’ voice, his shock at the rating stems from how low it actually is. When Waiters is then asked if he should be rated higher than Kobe, he — even with all his bluster — smartly replied in the negative. “Hell no! That’s Bean man.”
TMZ: Do you play video games? Jackson: “Yeah.” NBA 2K16? “2K16 for sure.” TMZ: They have rated Kobe an 85. Jackson: “85, I know. Yeah, man. How quickly they forget. Somebody could hurt their Achilles for so long, whatever… but as long as Kobe Bryant is wearing the golden jersey, I feel like I can win the championship.”