2K Games has confirmed that the upcoming NBA 2K17 will feature the 2016 USA Men’s Basketball Team along with head coach Mike Krzyzewski. In addition, the game will also feature the original 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” including Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley.
The “Dream Team” is still currently only an added bonus for those who preorder the game. One thing to note that their inclusion means that 2K’s deals with Pippen and Barkley are still stands.
According to Polygon, both players, who were key figures in the 1992 Olympic team proved difficult to convince from the start. This was when 2K Games first tried to feature both Hall of Famers in NBA 2K13.
Scottie Pippen originally refused the offer. It was not until his wife and son convinced him that he reconsidered and rejoined the roster.
As for Charles Barkley, he was convinced by rapper Jay-Z who served as executive producer of 2K13. He had also previously declined to be featured with the 1985 Philly 76ers in NBA 2K12.
Forbes reported that coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is in last year as coach, came in and did a full head and body scan. The inclusion of the 2016 Olympic team also means that the game has successfully licensed the USA Basketball team’s symbols.
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The roster includes Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, all of whom already appear in the game with their respective teams. The game’s cover star Paul George is also included in the men’s team in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
NBA 2K17 is set for release on September 20 for the PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Those who preorder the game will not only receive the “Dream Team” but will also receive it 4 days early on September 16.