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Rumor: Spike Lee Involved With NBA 2K16's MyCareer Mode

by Kimberley Wallace on Apr 23, 2015 at 07:02 AM

MyCareer has quickly become one of NBA 2K's most popular destinations. For good reason, too – you to rise to fame and live out your dreams of making it in the NBA. In this mode, you not only play ball and improve your player, but you also shape your personality through press conferences, interact with other athletes, sign big endorsement deals, and watch the fanfare roll in. Now, rumors suggest the acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, who is well-known for being a fan basketball in general and the New York Knicks in particular, is helping Visual Concepts shape the future of the mode.

According to Polygon, a source close to them confirmed that Lee is involved in NBA 2K16. We reached out to 2K Sports for comment, but were told "we never comment on rumors."

Lee is behind popular films such as Inside Man, Malcolm X, and Do The Right Thing. He's also used his passion for basketball in his film career. He teamed up with ten-time NBA all-star Ray Allen in 1998 for He Got Game and did a documentary on Kobe Bryant entitled Kobe Doin' Work for ESPN. Not to mention Lee also directed Michael Jordan Nike commercials. This would be the first time Lee would be bringing his talent to a video game.

We suspect more information will surface closer to NBA 2K16's release. The cover reveal usually takes place in May and gameplay details usually surface around September. 

[Source: Polygon]


Our Take
Lee could be a fantastic addition to NBA 2K's MyCareer mode. Some of my biggest grips are the unnatural dialogue and forced interactions. Someone with Lee's experience could help execute the cinematics better. While this is still just a rumor, Lee's involvement wouldn't be all that surprising considering his affection for the sport. Time will tell its validity, but I'm crossing my fingers that it's true.