Euroleague got some of the biggest names in the game together in Madrid to try out NBA 2K14 which, in case you’ve been away from every form of media, will feature 14 Euroleague teams this season.
Os has already got his copy pre-ordered, once herself gives me permission I’ll be getting my own copy, and suffice to say the presence of Euroleague teams in NBA 2K14 has a lot of fans in Europe excited. Heck, if journalists like us are openly giddy imagine what everyone else is like.
Here’s what the players at the event in Madrid had to say. First up, it’s the champ.
“There are a lot of people over the world who play this game, it’s very global. You know, all the kids and basically people of all ages can play this game, so it’s important for Euroleague teams that fans have the chance to play with their favorite teams and players. It’s very interesting for everybody, to have all the teams in this nice game,” said Vassilis Spanoulis, of Olympiacos Piraeus
“For me, I don’t have a big relationship with videogames. I hope people will like it. The characters are so good and the realism of the players is pretty good,” Dimitris Diamantidis, of Panathinaikos Athens.
“I think that fans will enjoy this a lot. I think it is a good initiative that will make many people who didn’t play this kind of game before buy it now in order to be able to play with their favorite teams. They will enjoy creating Euroleague matchups as well as facing off Euroleague teams against NBA teams,” said Felipe Reyes, of Real Madrid
“Who doesn’t like to be in a game surrounded by big stars? People tell me about it in the street. For us, it is an honor being there and at the same time get closer to the NBA and be more interrelated to it,” said Juan Carlos Navarro, of FC Barcelona.
“I think this is very important because previous experience with football and NBA games shows that many people have the chance to play the game without knowing the players or even the teams. It’s pretty exciting and I am looking forward to seeing this product in the stores,” said Viktor Khryapa, of CSKA Moscow.
“I think fans are really going to enjoy this. For the chance of putting great European teams against the NBA teams and having the option to play with their favorite team, I think the fans will enjoy it a lot,” said Shawn James, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.
“It’s great: I talked with a lot of people and teammates about this game. It’s going to be great! You can play with your teammates, different teams and also against NBA teams. It’s something special and something new,” said Tibor Pleiss, of Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
“It’s very exciting to be in the game, and I think fans will be excited, too. I think this is important for every team because the NBA is a big company and it’s important for Anadolu Efes to be involved in something like this. It was the first time I tried the game and I am not still very good at it, but soon I will be,” said Semih Erden, of Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
Word to the wise Semih, Mike Tyson couldn’t beat Glass Joe. Better get practicing.
NBA 2K14 is due to launch with 14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams on October 1 in the United States and October 4 across Europe. Release dates for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are set for November 15 and 22, respectively.