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Why isn’t Barkley in NBA 2K12? Money.

Aug 24, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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NBA 2K12, by putting 15 legends of the NBA into this year’s game, sparked a little debate — which 15 guys should be in?

It’s easy to say Michael Jordan and Magic, but when it gets to around 15 the lines are not so clear. Especially when you know the game makers are giving extra weight to players game buyers remember.

Guys like Charles Barkley. A guy who should be in the discussion for that list but is certainly on the bubble.

He’s not in it. At all. The Sixers team he played on as a rookie — which included Dr. J — is in but he is absent from that squad. That is not the kind of casual oversight you see on a game that prides itself in the details.

Gaming site explains it was all about the Benjamins. And maybe some ego.

2K Sports attempted to include basketball great Charles Barkley in NBA 2K12’s “NBA’s Greatest” mode, showcasing dozens of superstars spanning the game’s history, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement bringing the hall-of-famer to the video game. He will not appear in NBA 2K12….

Why Barkley couldn’t fit in may be due to money, what billing he receives in the game, or a combination of both. Barkley is a unique figure in that his television work for TNT’s NBA broadcasts keeps him prominent as one of basketball’s most commanding figures. Yet his playing record is, objectively, dwarfed by the game’s three different cover stars, and many of the others on the list of 15 legends. He has one MVP, one NBA Finals appearance and no championships. Nearly everyone else has multiple credentials in both categories.

2K Sports goes out of its way in statements to the site to say what a good relationship they have with Sir Charles, paving the way for him to be in future. But for now, no go. You’ll have to settle for Charles Oakley.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Awww coooome on, man! Chuck, really, over money? How much have you made over your NBA career? You look worse now that your not even IN the game at all! What a bummer, I would have loved to use him. A dope team to play with would’ve been the Rockets when they had Drexler, Pippen, Barkley and Olajawon. Reminds me of the mid-90’s when Jordan would never show up on any freakin’ game like NBA Live or NBA Jams. That used to royally piss me off back then!

  2. jthammerstix - Aug 24, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    That’s just terrrible

    • slopmcflop - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM


  3. deiong - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    barkley was good, but def not top 15 anything.

    • Colin Zvosec - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:22 AM

      I beg to differ…

      Top 15 NBA TV personality on Cable television

      Top 15 Power Forward under 6-6

      Top 15 chubby guy to ever play in the NBA

      He’s top 15 in plenty of categories.

  4. sinister23 - Aug 25, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    @ colin….hate to break it to ya bro…..but i think barkley is married….

  5. southbeachtalent - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Well cause he’s not top 15! Mystery solved.

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