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NBA 2K14 will feature Barcelona, 13 other European teams

Jul 5, 2013, 1:26 PM EST

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Basketball is an international game, and it’s growing.

Selling video games is an international business.

So maybe we shouldn’t be shocked by the news that the Euroleague has teamed up with the makers of NBA 2K14 to include 14 teams of the powerhouse overseas teams in the video game.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to welcome top Euroleague teams into the NBA 2K series,” said Jason Argent, senior vice president of sports operations for 2K Sports. “European basketball has an incredibly passionate following, and we’re all excited to give fans the opportunity to take on Europe’s best in NBA 2K14.”

So finally you can have Ricky Rubio or Pau Gasol playing against Barcelona. The teams included are from the Euroleague, which is a tournament matching 31 of the best club teams from across that continent against teach other (basically the equivalent of soccer’s Champions League).

Here are the 14 teams that will be part of the game:

• Alba Berlin
• FC Barcelona
• Real Madrid
• CSKA Moscow
• EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
• Montepaschi Siena
• Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul
• Anadolu Efes Istanbul
• Olympiacos Piraeus
• Panathinaikos Athens
• Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
• Zalgiris Kaunas
• Unicaja Málaga
• Laboral Kutxa Vitoria

Go ahead and shrug if you want and say you liked it better when Jordan was on the cover. This is going to sell more NBA 2K14 games in Spain, Turkey, Italy, and Russia and so this move makes sense for the makers of the video game.

And actually, it should be fun to see if you can get Pavel Datsyuk to lead CSKA Moscow past LeBron James and the Heat.

  1. micknangold - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    That’s pretty cool, but I wonder if you’ll be able to use the teams and players in other modes besides exhibition.

  2. ryanrockzzz - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    yea…if they can somehow allow you to use it in a Franchise mode, this game would just take it to a whole othe level with the depth.

    • adoombray - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      I don’t see why not. Right now when you start Franchise you can customize the league. Can remove teams or re-align divisions. Like we all wouldn’t drop Toronto and Charlotte for Barcelona and Moscow. Would love to see some Chinese teams in the future with our boy Starbury!

      I think it’s a fantastic move to increase awareness of the Euro guys. Maybe they’ll be more than just those players with un-pronouncable names taken at the end of the first to the average American fan.

  3. reediddy - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Cool concept, it’ll be fun to see how NBA/int’l teams match up on a virtual level.

    Also, I’m confused. Pavel Datsyuk? Isn’t he a hockey player?

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Isn’t Datsyuk a hockey player for the Red Wings?

  5. flippdaburd - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    This is a first for NBA 2K but NBA Live and NBA Jam have had FIBA/Euroleague teams before.

  6. acdc363 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    NBA Live it is !

    • adoombray - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      They haven’t even made NBA Live since ’10. 2k is such a good series that its competitors don’t even bother releasing titles anymore. Plus, 2k releases a PC version every year which no other major American sport or developer does. 2K does an excellent job reaching absolutely every customer who might want to buy the game, and I wouldn’t love the sport half as much as I do if it wasn’t for the hundreds of hours i’ve put into playing the game.

  7. cmehustle - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    They should add a softness rating for all the Euro bigs.

  8. mattbarkley123 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    so dumb. who cares about those useless teams

  9. houseof666 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Flop ratings!

  10. chunkala - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Right on about the softness and flop ratings.
    Interesting idea but not sure I care about teams that play fake basketball under fake rules. Remember how pissed FIFA got when MLS changed their soccer rules? Canada/USA created basketball but for some reason FIBA governs the game and implements ridiculous rules.

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