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NBA 2K14 lets you take LeBron James to the Knicks

Sep 13, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT


As you may have heard (and will hear about 1,435,891 more times during the season) LeBron James has a choice to make next summer. He is expected to opt out of his contract and he can either re-sign with the Miami Heat or he can take his talents somewhere else.

When NBA 2K14 hits the shelves next month, gamers will get to use a mode that lets them peek into the future of a couple different potential outcomes from LeBron’s pending decision.

Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie got to test it out and has all the details (you should read his entire post).

As announced on Friday, “NBA 2K14” will include “LeBron: Path to Greatness,” a new game mode in which users get to play out the future of LeBron James all the way up until his retirement. In the first, less controversial path, James stays with the Heat, creating a dynasty to match any in league history. In the other, James bolts for the New York Knicks this summer in free agency, teams with various stars along the way, and finds himself in an eerily familiar yet absolutely fantastical iteration of the NBA. It’s basketball science fiction….

Essentially, 2K Sports has chartered two separate courses for LeBron’s career and allowed users to peek in at various points along the way, playing in various big games or facing off against newfound rivals. LeBron gets new teammates, loses athletic abilities as he gets older, and gains new skills. The gamer only has so much control and must play to a script, taking specific scenarios and getting rated on a five-star system based on their performance.

No, this does not allow you to send LeBron to the Cavaliers or the Lakers or the Bobcats or whoever. Mark Cuban would have paid extra for a Mavericks option there. However you do get to play out a couple of scenarios.

Which sounds like a fun little diversion. Clever idea by the folks at 2K Sports.

Just for the record, the Knicks most likely do not have the money to chase LeBron next summer, not without a lot of help. They would need Amare Stoudemire to decide he wants to surrender the $23.4 million last year of his contract and Andrea Bargnani to decide to opt out of the $11.5 million in the last year of his deal. Good luck with that. Yes you can create a scenario where the Knicks free up the cap space, but let’s just call those highly unlikely.

  1. mtminadeo - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    How do they not give an option to go to the Cavs….They’re one of the most speculated teams…and the Knicks one of the least. That’s BS!

  2. onbucky96 - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Great. What better way to ruin LeBron’s image than to put him w/the Knicks. The Knicks are the worst franchise in the NBA. Other than a couple yrs in the 90s, they’ve been a pile of crap. So sick of the Media making the Knicks out to be a great franchise. Just make Issah Thomas the GM again so we can all witness his “brilliance” at team building.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      I’m about the furthest thing from a Knicks fan, but “other than a couple yrs in the 90s, they’ve been a pile of crap.” Really? They were a premiere franchise in the 50s, 60s and 70s, and had some good years in the late 80s with Patrick Ewing, and were one of the better teams to not win a championship in the 90s.

      They’ve been a bit terrible as of late, but to pretend they’re not one of the more historic franchises in the NBA is not true.

      • deadlycrossover - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        obviously by looking at onbucky96’s username 96 most likely meaning he was born in that year so he must be very ignorant when it comes to the NBA

    • marcusfitzhugh - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      @onbucky96, explain how the Knicks are the worst in the NBA. Either you’re a frustrated Knicks fan, or you just started watching hoops 3 years ago. There are a lot of bad franchises. The Knicks don’t come close to being the “worst”.

      How good are the Kings?? The “Kings” have never been to the Finals. EVER. Not in the 18 years they’ve been in Sacramento and even before they moved to Cali, when they were the Kansas City Kings they didn’t go. Thats 40+ years. Before then, they never went as the Cincinnati Royals. The last time any team remotely related to the Kings won a title was in 1951 – back when they were called the Rochester Royals. So the KINGS are better than the Knicks?

      And it doesn’t stop there – is Atlanta better? The last time a team related to the Hawks won a championship was in the 1950’s when they were the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. How close are the current Hawks? What about the current Suns, Cavaliers, Magic, and Timberwolves? None of those teams have EVER won a championship and they’re not winning one next year either. The Knicks had the 2nd best record in the East last year, how does that make them “the worst”?

    • bashbro2002 - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      What are you smoking? lets see here let me do a little rundown for ya did the Knicks not win 2 NBA championships? What about the Atlantic division in the mid 90’s oh and how about last year? one more thing you idiot, if I remember back in 1999 the Knicks were the first 8th seed to make it to the NBA finals but hey they lost but at least they got there

      So please explain how do they suck? How are they the worst team? You’re kidding me right? before you open your mouth about crap like this do a little research and make sure you aren’t talking about the kings or some other crap team. if you don’t like the Knicks then go somewhere else

    • antistratfordian - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      “Other than a couple yrs in the 90s, they’ve been a pile of crap. So sick of the Media making the Knicks out to be a great franchise.” – onbucky96

      lol. How new is this guy? Let me guess, you were born in 1994.

  3. timb12 - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    This is dumb. I know he’s the biggest star in the league, but this is just dumb. Dumb dumb dumb. It shouldn’t be a different facet of the game. This makes me not want to buy the game. Lebron is an awesome player and I have no bias towards him, but putting him on this pedestal really aggravates me.

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Yeah, because professional athletes are never put on a pedestal right? How much do Air Jordans cost again? Calm down and get off your high horse. It’s a video game…

      • timb12 - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        In what way am I on a high horse? It’s a totally unnecessary feature to the game. I don’t know if you understood my frustration. You can only do this with Lebron, the same guy who got to pick the soundtrack, and he can only stay with the Heat or go to NY. It doesn’t make sense to me. Athletes are already on a pedestal, but this just feels over the top.

  4. senorpapino - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Is this a new feature? Pretty sure every NBA2K game in recent memory has had a superstar mode where you can control one guy and choose what team he goes to when your contract is up.

  5. sandersmarcus10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Should have it to where you can chose any superstar not just Lebron, I would like to see where Paul George goes or someone else.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Paul George is a superstar? who knew?

      • spynnal - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Basketball fans knew. Heat fans, maybe not.

      • deadlycrossover - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        hes definitely getting there

      • adoombray - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Anybody who watched the playoffs last year

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        the same playoffs where he turned it over a bunch and shot 43%? Yeah he was awesome!! C’mon, the guys a pretty good player. that’s it so far.

      • antistratfordian - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        George has a long way to go before anyone talks about him being a superstar. He averaged 19 ppg and shot 43% in the playoffs last year… averaged 4 turnovers on 5 assists…??? 7 points on 2-9 shooting in the biggest game of the season??? Not even close to superstar status.

        I wouldn’t even call him a “star”… he’s a pretty good young player with potential that is about as good as Josh Smith.

  6. rjkilla - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    That sounds really really stupid.

  7. mdobrasz - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I’ve been a Knicks fan for over 25 yrs. If LeBron ever plays for the Knicks, I’ll instantly drop them from my radar and never look back. I hate that ego-maniacal douchebag! It’s hilarious he has this huge hang-up about his receeding hairline…..LOL He’s so afraid to take off that headband, it’s hilarious! Brings him right back down to Earth……well, maybe just a little….

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Yeah, because Carmelo isn’t a coach killing volume shooter… you’re an idiot.

  8. adoombray - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Dear 2K sports,

    2k12 was the greatest basketball game ever made, until 2k13. You get good at the game by understanding and playing like real basketball. You do not need these stupid gimmicks. There was already a Superstar mode where you got to control any player you wanted for the rest of his career. You didn’t need to throw in this “stroke LeBrons ego to thank him for being on the cover” stuff. This isn’t Madden, that has been fundamentally bad for a decade, with 2k the gameplay stands on it’s own.

    I’d like to say I would switch to Live, but 2k is the one who puts their game on PC so I’ll be seeing LeBron everywhere for another 1000 hours. Which is too bad because I’ve already seen plenty of him since the Heat make the finals every single time in Franchise mode and the anouncers gushing over his triple covered contested 3s that swish and guaranteed-to-get-an-and-1 dunks is already really old

    • mdobrasz - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I stopped playing video b-ball about 10-12 yrs ago when crap like that kept happening over and over. How about when your entire team suddenly goes ice cold when you’re up by 25 pts in the 4th qtr. If it happened once in awhile I’d understand, but every time? Screw that

      • adoombray - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Well, to be fair, the guaranteed-to-get-and-1’s part is just like real life, where LeBron literally looks like the guy in front of you at starbucks that got handed a frappe instead of a machiato who then angrily taps away a yelp review on his iPad if he doesn’t get the whistle. The treatment he gets from the refs is in a league of his own. I bet Kobe Bryant curses to himself muttering something along the lines of “if I got calls like LeBron, I would already have the scoring title and wouldn’t need to rehab this ACL so hard”

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:10 PM


        just take a peek at how many FTA lebron vs. Kobe got this past year. In the real world, Lebron would love to get the calls Kobe gets, considering he attempts a lot more shots around the rim (where the majority of foul calls occur). Funny how what you think is the exact opposite of reality.

  9. thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Amare Stoudamire is owed how much? Look, I understand that he was good in Phoenix but that contract was one of the worst as soon as it was signed. Has he played a full season yet in NY? Will he ever be more than a role player again? Isn’t his contract uninsured because no insurance company was stupid enough to take on the risk? Yeah, but the Knicks were. Have fun with another early exit in the playoffs next year!

  10. brickzflair - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Oh, Kurt Helin opening up the flood gates and enticing some more Knick bashing, what a surprise…Kurt Helin is a poor excuse for a journalist he’s more of a biased sensationalist jackass

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      I do not work for 2K sports and set up the Knicks option. Sorry. I just wonder why you are so insecure.

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