NBA 2K17 has a studio show featuring Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny “The Jet” Smith but Charles Barkely is conspicuous by his absence.
According to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, Barkley turned down an offer from 2K Spors because the game developers turned down his request to pay retired players for appearing in the game.
NBA 2K17 needs Chuck…
Barkley has never been featured in a 2K game as an announcer, despite it being atop of the wish list for many gamers.
Even though the Hall-of-Famer has been known for making controversial comments, he’s revered as one of the best announcers on television.
TNT’s “Inside the NBA” is one of the highest rated shows during the basketball season mainly due to Barkley’s outspoken ways and his ability to engage viewers.
Fox Sports had an interesting take on Barkley’s request.
“Why doesn’t Barkley just take the money (from 2K) and set up his own fund, instead of retired players not getting any money at all?”
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Barkley, in his chat with Beck, never mentioned how he wished for payments to be disbursed to ex-players.
Remember, players don’t get royalties for appearing on NBA 2K unless they’re a cover athlete or are specially featured as add-ons (for example the Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan legend editions).
Therefore, Barkley’s request is definitely a strange one.
Gamers can still play with Barkley as part of the 1992 “Dream Team”. Despite several requests, the 1992 Phoenix Suns team has not been featured as one of the all-time teams.
Barkley won the MVP award in 1993 before leading the Suns to the NBA Finals.
NBA 2K17 is currently the hottest selling sports franchise across console platforms. Many reckon its the greatest basketball game ever made.
It would be very interesting to hear Barkley both on commentary and as a studio host in the game. Here’s hoping 2K and Barkley can work out their differences ahead of NBA 2K18.