If you’re a fan of basketball video games, yesterday must have felt like Christmas as plenty of news dropped that should get people hyped for the upcoming season. First up was EA Sports announcing that Damian Lillard will be the cover athlete of NBA Live 15, their latest attempt to revive the moribund franchise. It’s been nearly a decade and two generations of video game consoles since Live has been any good, but we still hold out hope that they can get it together and compete against the sales and critical juggernaut that is the NBA 2K franchise.
And leave it to 2K to steal EA Sports’ shine by dropping a new trailer for NBA 2K15. So much for momentum, EA Sports…
NBA 2K is the undisputed king of basketball video games that has enjoyed nearly a decade of dominance including a run of NBA champions and MVPs becoming cover athletes and having enough juice to get Michael Jordan and the rest of the Dream Team to return to video games. And now Kevin Durant takes center stage in his first solo cover
because NBA Elite doesn’t count. If previous cover athletes are any indication, we could see a Durant career retrospective up to this point. The question is, will he be wearing Nikes or Under Armours during those modes when the game ships just prior to the season starting next month.
In this special look at the sneakers in the NBA 2K15 “Yakkem” we try and break down every sneaker that got prominent airtime during the trailer. There’s plenty to look forward and in one player’s case in particular, you can tell the producers were having way too much fun with this game.(...)
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The biggest sneaker story of the summer could be getting a conclusion soon as ESPN’s Darren Rovell is reporting that Under Armour has finally made an official offer to “restricted” (more on that later) sneaker free agent Kevin Durant and that Nike has been informed of said offer. According to the report, the deal is worth somewhere between $265 and $285 million dollars for 10 years and includes some unique incentives such as stock options and a community center that will be built in Durant’s mother’s name.
Now here’s the catch that we previously did not know about the situation: Nike has the right to match any deal KD gets. Basically, Durant is in same position as NBA players like Chandler Parsons who “sign” offer sheets with other teams with the knowledge that their current team has the right to match that offer. Now whether or not Nike would have to give Durant the same incentives that UA seems to be willing to give is unknown, but considering their own offer was in the $20 million range (and then there’s the royalties and the eventual retro line in the future assuming he doesn’t pull a Deion and a whole lot of other factors), the total money might be more palatable to Nike than the mammoth $325 million offer that was originally being reported.
Rovell also reports that even if Nike doesn’t match the exact offer, KD can still come running back to Nike if he so chooses. So sneakerheads, it’s up to Nike now and whether or not they want to sacrifice years of building up a brand like Kevin Durant and see him walk on over to Under Armour and be treated like a homecoming hero. What do you think Nike should do? Some people say he’s worth it, while others are not so inclined to agree. Let us know what you think in the comments below and follow the KD saga from the beginning to today…
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