Iris Elba fronts NBA NK20's mind-baffling story career mode
Whoever writes the scripts for NBA 2K’s MyCareer mode deserves an Emmy or something.
If you haven’t played one of these through the years—where you make your own player and lead him through whatever storyline 2K dreams up that season—you’ve missed out on one of the most confusing, painful, and beautiful experiences one can have in this short lifetime.
MyCareer is essentially an 11-year-old’s rendering of a prestige HBO drama. You live a very serious basketball life, dropping buckets and and navigating postgame pressers, but every other interaction is caked with cringe humor (often involving product placement—my best friend in NBA 2K18 loved herself some Reese’s Puffs) and strangely-timed/poorly voice-acted celebrity and NBA player cameos. It’s like if you were able to play a video game version of The Room.
But your laughter will become genuine around hour 40 with the game, as you settle into your new life as an NBA superstar. When Belinda Fresh from Reese’s Puffs texts you with an endorsement opportunity, you will be excited, and you will look forward to seeing your computer-generated face on a computer-generated cereal box.
If you felt a ping in your heart early afternoon today, it’s because the MyCareer trailer for NBA 2K20 dropped. From the looks of it, Idris Elba is your coach, you have done something very bad, and he’s going to Coach-Carter you out of it.
Also, hilariously, the whole thing is a LeBron James-Maverick Carter jam: It’s produced by the two through Springhill Entertainment, and they’ll appear in the game to encourage you to sit out the next five years of your career, or teach you the fine art of the subtweet. Even funnier: Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram appear in a group shot at the end of the trailer. Was this thing rendered before those guys were broken up via trade?
Anyway, it’s a life I am very excited to live when NBA 2K20 is out on September 6th. I’m a better man for pairing Lamond Hart (a 2K-generated player I drafted in one of my franchise modes, whom I resurrected for MyCareer in later games) with Michael B. Jordan’s Justice Young in NBA 2K17.
Together, we were Orange Juice. We had our own handshake. I’ll never forget the eighty-odd games we played together, you diming and me dunking. I miss you, man.