The NBA 2K franchise from 2K Sports has dominated the basketball video game scene since they debuted with Allen Iverson on the cover back in 1999. It's now become an internet viewing event whenever the new trailer for the next installment of the best-selling basketball video game franchise is due out. 2K Sports released their FRICTION trailer on Monday to the delight of many NBA 2K fans.
It features 3D court intros, new players in new places, brand new jerseys for the upcoming season, cover athlete Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, new celebrations like Los Angeles Lakers' guard D'Angelo Russell saying he has ice water in his veins, and of course the struggle between Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and old Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook fighting for the ball.
It even looks like there's a dunk team during timeouts. The presentation looks pretty good.
Around the 0:25 mark of the video, you see Bryant's No. 8 jersey, but you can’t see his face.
Bryant stopped wearing the No. 8 jersey in 2006 and instead picked up the No. 24. No other Los Angeles Lakers player has worn No. 8 since. Later in the video, Bryant appears with his old afro look from his earlier days.
That Bryant has been in the game for a while as a member of one of the Lakers classic teams in the game, but it's unlikely 2K would be hyping such an old feature.
I’m willing to bet Bryant gets his own mode of sorts, much like Michael Jordan did back in NBA 2K12.
As cool as that component could be, the beginning of the trailer is bitter sweet for me personally.
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