2K has revealed the trailer for the story-based MyCareer mode for their upcoming NBA 2K20 game.
With less than a month away until NBA 2K20 hits the shelves, 2K has released the trailer for their story mode, known as MyCareer. This year features a star-studded cast including well known actors Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, and more. It also features numerous NBA personalities including LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Introducing "When The Lights Are Brightest" :movie_camera: The NBA 2K20 MyCAREER story lets you experience the life of a modern day NBA athlete both on and off the court.
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2K has connected with Hollywood in the past when it comes to their MyCareer story. In 2K16, the story was written and directed by filmmaker and devoted Knicks fan Spike Lee. In 2K17, you form a dynamic duo with a player portrayed by Michael B. Jordan.
Previous MyCareer stories have experimented with different arcs for your player: an undrafted rookie fighting for a 10 day contract, a promising talent burdened by hanger-on friends, an undrafted rookie who ends up playing overseas. This year it seems they’re focusing on a conflict between player and coach, with Idris Elba playing the coach.
In a behind-the-scenes video released on the same day as the trailer, we learn that the player character is a four-year college athlete who chooses to stand up for his teammate who has his scholarship revoked following an injury. We may see 2K tackle the issues of injury risk and lack of pay that go hand-in-hand with college basketball, a conversation that was elevated to mainstream media status following the infamous Zion Williamson shoe blowout/injury that occurred this past college basketball season.
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