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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Twitter reacts to atrocious player avatars in NBA Live 16 demo

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In the battle for basketball video game supremacy over the last decade, NBA 2K has obliterated the NBA Live franchise about as badly as Facebook did to MySpace. And if the sneak preview of their 2016 installment is any indication, NBA Live really isn’t doing themselves any favors towards swinging the scales back their way.

This week saw the release of the demo for NBA Live 16, and we can only assume that the Live developers subscribe to the “Bad publicity is better than no publicity” school of thought. The demo caused an uproar on social media for a series of appalling player avatars that can only be described as “Brady-esque.”

Behold “Arrested-During-A-Haircut” Tyus Jones:

Or perhaps Justise “Stephon Marbury” Winslow is more to your liking:

Maybe this not-so-trill Rocket Power version of Willie-Cauley Stein?

This avatar of new Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell definitely didn’t even stretch doe.

Apparently, the developers don’t understand that Frank Kaminsky and Jeff Hornacek are not the same person…

…or that Kristaps Porzingis is not actually named Kristaps Nance Jr.

And fear not because rookies weren’t the only ones whose appearances were butchered like a Roseanne national anthem.

What they did to Rudy Gobert was the pinnacle of a no class act, so much so that even Gobert himself was crying foul.

Is this really the way you treat a two-time NBA champion, now?

Looks like they might have exaggerated Eric Bledsoe’s weight gain:

Ricky Rubio apparently hired LeBron’s barber:

Sweet Mirotic, we hardly knew ye:

Tyler Zeller will watch you sleep:

Quick! Hide the Declaration of Independence from Dirk!

And I don’t even have any words to describe this crime against humanity committed on Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt:

And just when I thought that Adam Morrison’s “My mustache speaks to me” commercial was the worst thing to ever happen to the NBA Live franchise.

H/T Black Sports Online

Image via @HeatNationn on Twitter

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