Besides the thought of Allen Iverson and Russell Westbrook playing on the same team (along with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid at the Goodman league), the most amusing moment from the new NBA Live 19 reveal trailer is when Kyrie Irving gets dunked on and hits the ground like Brandon Knight did after DeAndre Jordan murdered him. What makes this so amusing is Irving was the cover athlete for NBA 2K18 (coincidence?). Everyone’s favorite uncle was actually on the 2K18 cover twice, since they originally released it with him in a Cavs uniform (the 2K Cover curse continues).
Kyrie was also the cover athlete for the Live franchise back in 2013, when they tried to rise from the dead after Jesus Bynum murdered NBA Elite 11 (which sells for $4,000 to $10,000 depending on the cover). Since Kyrie, they have featured Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and James Harden (back to back). They haven’t announced who the Live 19 cover athlete will be, but, if the trailer is any indication, it will probably be a member of the 76ers.
If it is a member of the 76ers, then it would have to be Markelle Fultz! Obviously I’m kidding. Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid would be better choices but as talented and likable as they are, I don’t think either can sell units. Then again, the franchise put Mitch Richmond, Antoine Walker and Tim Duncan on covers in the 90s.
Regardless of who ends up on the cover, I’m hoping the gameplay is an improvement and the game ends up in the hands of frustrated 2K players who would love to see a better basketball game on the market. For me, watching 2K’s reign is as exciting as watching the Warriors win another championship.
Here’s a few bonus videos, including an early review of the gameplay and features and an interview with lead gameplay designer Connor Dougan.