The official NBA 2K Twitter account announced that the game would include six new classic teams including the 2014 San Antonio Spurs championship squad.
To this day, basketball fans remain astounded at the level of competence and supremacy exemplified by the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs. With arguably the greatest ball movement we’ve seen in the history of the sport, this unit operated as a single entity with the ultimate goal of seeking revenge on the LeBron James-led Miami Heat after losing in the Finals a year prior.
San Antonio won the 2014 NBA Finals in dominant fashion – a five-game gentleman’s sweep of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They hung the fifth banner in franchise history and broke a seven-year title drought that many doubters believed would last through the end of Tim Duncan’s playing career.
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— NBA 2K (@NBA2K) August 14, 2019
Now five years removed from that title, NBA 2K will add the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs to their long roster of classic teams available in the game. This is the third Spurs team to make the list with the Duncan/David Robinson 1997-98 Spurs and Big Three-era 2004-05 Spurs already making their appearance in the popular video game.
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NBA 2K has been the commanding basketball video games on the open market for many years now with Electronic Arts’ NBA Live failing to reach its previous glory. Competition is slim in this market, especially since 2K took control of NBA Playgrounds – an NBA-jam styled arcade video game that first released in 2017.
Reuniting the Spurs’ Big Three with the estranged Kawhi Leonard as well as a lovable cast of role players – Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter included – is sure to be a pleasure for all of the Spurs fans out there interested in gaming. Spurs fans who tend to stray away from video games may be more inclined to pick up the newest installment of this franchise for the simple fact that this familiar team will be available to them at the game’s annual launch.
It’s impossible to go back and live the glory of that title in the same light that was cast during the team’s impeccable playoff run, but NBA 2K is providing a window of opportunity for basketball fans to toy around and experience that group once more.