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LeBron James explains why he treats NBA 2K20 games like real matches

Published: 28/Oct/2019 5:57 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 6:14

by Isaac McIntyre

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NBA 2K20 when not out playing on the court, and said that he treats games in the sports simulator title just like he would competitive matches.

James is a household name around the world, and is widely considered one of the best basketball players to have ever played the game. He has claimed three championship rings in the NBA, was named finals MVP all three times, and played in 15 All-Star games.

It stands to reason then, that the Los Angeles superstar understands basketball at a level beyond most alive at the moment, and as it turns out he often applies that mastery of the hoop to 2K Sports’ NBA series — much to the annoyance of his friends.

2K SportsLeBron James boasts 2K’s highest rating this year, but doesn’t play by the ‘rules’.

Following the Lakers’ 120-101 victory over the Hornets at Staples Center on October 28, the four-time league MVP revealed he likes to play NBA 2K20, and all basketball games, just like he does in real life, and focused on real strategy.


According to James, constantly firing off three-pointers and forcing shots in 2K is “fake basketball.” Instead, finding a way in-game to play the same basketball that has earned him a place in the conversation for the ‘greatest of all time’ is a better, and more “real,” way to play.

2K SportsJames stars in 2K’s 2020 career mode alongside his new LA teammates.

“I play just like I play in real life on video games, which really makes a lot of my friends upset” he revealed. “They expect me to shoot every time, and I don’t.”

James rattled off a number of core principles for playing basketball, all of which he applies to his battles on the NBA court against teams like the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, as well as in the virtual world of 2K.

“I play the right way. I look for the pick and roll, if they double, find shooters,” he explained. “I go for four-on-threes on the backside. If they’ve got a guy hot, I trap his pick and rolls, I double him. I play real basketball, not fake basketball.”

The NBA veteran’s revelation is particularly amusing considering he’s one of the poster-boys for the game itself, and currently holds the highest in-game rating at 97 according to 2KRatings, but then completely breaks the game’s trends in real life.


Maybe he’s on the right track to ignore the title’s core gameplay and stick to the basketball basics, however, considering many have already found flaws with 2K’s 2020 release, which sparked a viral ‘Fix2K20’ campaign in September.

And who knows, James is one of the best NBA players to have ever pulled on a jersey — if he’s a superstar at the real thing, maybe he’s got the simulation game figured out as well. Maybe avid 2K fanatics should be asking the potential GOAT for a few more pointers.

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NBA 2K21 fans threatening to boycott after 2K adds “scummy” in-game ads

Published: 19/Oct/2020 2:01

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NBA 2K21 is now forcing players to watch unskippable ads, and it seems like the huge basketball fanbase has finally had enough. Many are considering boycotting the 2020 release until they’re removed once and for all.

Nobody likes ads, period. But when you’re reading, watching, or playing something free, you can understand why they’re needed. However, NBA 2K21 is a full-price game, and it’s forcing players to watch ads. The worst part is you can’t skip them.

It’s something that has happened before in the NBA 2k series.

Last time, players rallied and revolted and coerced the company into removing them. Now they’ve gone ahead and done it again this year. They even waited until enough people bought the game, and added it afterward.

However, it seems like their ‘calculated’ move had done more harm than good. Players have flocked on social media to voice their concerns, and needless to say, they’re less than impressed.

“Man, this headline returns every year, and every year it breaks sales records,” said one user in the top comment of a popular thread.

“Some people do have problems with abandoning games it seems.”

NBA 2K21 Unskippable Ad
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An ad for the Oculus Quest 2 as seen in NBA 2K21.

“Wow that’s really messed up,” said another in a separate thread.

“I’m not exactly shocked since this is 2k we’re talking about but it’s still scummy. The NBA is my favorite sport but I haven’t bought a new 2k in years… This move by 2k means I’m not buying NBA even when it’s on sale.”

Clearly, fans and players are angry. But the dissatisfaction and disappointment don’t end there. Twitter is filled with similar comments, some of which are even more savage.

“I’m playing NBA2k and I got a f**ken ad on NBA2K TV,” said one person. “I bought the full version of the game don’t ever do some slimey s**t like that again.”

“Seeing ads in triple AAA, full price games ($60+) is f**king disgusting,” said another. “F**k you NBA2K.”

NBA 2K21 could learn from EA Sports

2K does have a long history of doing these questionable practices, but they’re not the only ones to do it.

EA Sports recently came under fire for sprinkling ads into UFC 4 when players had to watch replays. Naturally, it didn’t sit well with fans and players. The backlash was so immense, EA had no choice but to adhere to their demands and remove them.

“It is abundantly clear from your feedback that integrating ads into the Replay and overlay experience is not welcome,” said an EA representative.

“The advertisements have been disabled by the team and we apologize for any disruption to gameplay that players may have experienced.”

NBA 2K21 Unskippable AdAn example of an intrusive ad seen in UFC 4 before they were removed.

It might be a bit of a stretch, but hopefully, 2K can learn a thing or two from their rival company and listen to their fans on this issue once again.

Hell hath no fury like a player base scorned. If enough players make their voices heard, surely 2K will cave, and ditch the ads in NBA 2K21 once and for all.