While checking out the NBA 2K18 “Run The Neighborhood” event which 2K Games put on in New York, there we plenty of NBA players around who were showing support for the game and talking to members of the community.
Although the NBA 2K18 cover athlete Kyrie Irving wasn’t to be seen; which was most likely due to his trade to Boston going through on the day of the event – 2K Games was able to wrangle together some other impressive NBA stars to make an appearance. Those included the likes of Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Jason Tatum, D’Angelo Russell, C.J. McCollum, Devin Booker, and Tobias Harris. You can see some of those stars in the image below.
Also happily walking around and talking to people was 2014 NBA Champion Danny Green (below) from the San Antonio Spurs. Stevivor grabbed Green for a quick chat to find out his thoughts on the NBA 2K player ratings and how passionate his fellow athletes get over their in-game ratings.
“I’m not a big gamer, I do play but I’m not a guy who worries about the rating. As long as they put me in the game — I know that they put me in better than I am in real life. So if they can put me in the game where I can shoot it pretty well, and play defence then I am happy. It’s always fun and interesting to watch,” Green said.
“Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, those guys are video game players in real life. They shoot from crazy range, make a lot of shots, and make a lot of crazy moves. There is a reason why their rating in NBA 2K18 is in the 90’s, they are actually real life video game guys.”
Green jokingly brought up my Australian accent and how many Aussies he’d spoken with during the day. He continued, saying there have been a lot of questions about his Australian teammate, San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills. I lightheartedly assured him I wouldn’t ask any questions about Mills, however was interested in the NBA hosting some Australian NBL teams for a few pre-season games this year. The effort seems to be the start of a stepping stone; one day soon we may see an NBA game played here in Australia.
“I hope so,” Green said. “I would love to go to Australia; I have never been yet. I would love for us [San Antonio Spurs] to be one of the first teams to go over there and play, it would be exciting.
“I look forward to doing something like that but I don’t know how soon it would happen, they are still expanding to countries that are closer. Australia is kind of far so it might take some time for that to happen.”
We’ll have more on NBA 2K18 this week, including Visual Concepts Senior Producers on the new gameplay changes.
Stevivor was flown to New York to preview NBA 2K18 as a guest of 2K Games.