The reigning rookie of the year will be the icon cover athlete for MyNBA2K17, the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for Towns. The NBA 2K franchise has been the No. 1 selling NBA video game for the last eight years. “I’ve been a dedicated NBA 2K fan since I was young, and being selected as the face of MyNBA2K17 is an incredible milestone this early in my career,” Towns said on Wednesday. “Playing MyNBA2K and NBA2K is an essential part of my offseason and keeps me grounded during the season with all my travel. I love that I will have the opportunity to connect further with my fans through MyNBA2K17.”
Ending off the podcast, Arnovitz asked if Morey could see himself pursuing opportunities outside of the NBA. While Morey reassured him that he will continue his work in the NBA, he said that if he were to go anywhere else, it would be esports. “I think it’s the 1950s basketball right now, where there’s that kind of opportunity,” he said.
2K and Euroleague Basketball announced today that NBA 2K17, the latest release in the award-winning basketball video game franchise by Visual Concepts, will feature 21 of Europe’s top teams, for the first time including all 16 competing Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams from the upcoming season. The five additional teams come from the 7DAYS EuroCup. On the day of release, 16 September, fans of every team that competes in the 2016-17 EuroLeague can instantly enjoy the action as their favourite EuroLeague players prepare for the competition’s start on October 12.
Lin was one of the thousands of fans who packed the KeyArena for five days leading into Sunday’s final. He has been playing Dota since he was 16 years old with his brothers Josh and Joseph. He says he still plays three to four times a week, even during the NBA season, especially on the road, when he’s in his hotel room. “They were playing and I started playing just because I wanted to hang out with them,” Lin said of his brothers. “At first it was an awful game, because I was going 0 for 10 every single game with Bounty Hunter. How do you go 0 for 10 with Bounty Hunter? But eventually when I started to learn the game and get better, I started realizing this is like basketball. It’s about having each other’s back, being loyal, being at that right place at the right time, outsmarting the other team. And there’s this huge mental component in this competition that I’ve always thrived off of. That’s why I love playing it.”
“They’re doing something that everyone loves doing, but they just do it at another level and they’re extremely talented. That’s why you have this fanaticism, and that’s why you have people lined up at midnight asking for autographs.” “It’s really not any different than sports,” Lin continued, “except with sports there’s more of a physical component of you doing it yourself, whereas in video games you’re just controlling a hero that does the same thing. It’s the unique talent of the players that is the draw.”