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Postby Andrew on Sat May 27, 2017 11:35 pm

So, an ultimately inconsequential decision for anyone who cares about the quality of the game itself, but an interesting talking point nevertheless, and significant to EA Sports in terms of getting a player with name and brand recognition. Who do you think it's going to be?

The advertisements for EA Play certainly seem to be dropping strong hints about it being Russell Westbrook again, which would make it the first time NBA Live has repeated a cover player (back-to-back or otherwise). Considering he's a finalist for the MVP award and achieved something historically significant this past season, he remains a pretty good choice as far as giving the game a big name for the cover, which again helps with the branding.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby ThaLiveKing on Sun May 28, 2017 12:12 am

I kind of hope it's Kawhi Leonard ...Wouldn't mid Westbrook though
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Andrew on Sun May 28, 2017 12:52 am

I like Kawhi, and he deserves the recognition of being a cover player for one of the games, one of these years. Only problem might be a lack of marketing "sizzle". His brilliance flies under the radar, which doesn't make him the ideal candidate to move units.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby mp3 on Sun May 28, 2017 3:49 am

I honestly thought it would be someone like John Wall sticking with the line of point guards on the cover I also thought it could be the up and coming Greek Freak but now I think it's Westbrook after seeing the advertising.

I also thought about them poaching James Harden from 2k too.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby [Q] on Sun May 28, 2017 4:03 am

It'll probably be Westbrook but Greak Freak would be a solid pick. Kawhi as well, but again he''s on the Spurs and isn't flashy so maybe not the best marketing-wise
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby ThaLiveKing on Tue May 30, 2017 8:38 pm

I disagree, Tim Duncan was on the cover. Folks know who Kawhi is.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby mp3 on Tue May 30, 2017 9:14 pm

Tim Duncan was already a house hold name tho surprisingly Leonard isn't still
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Andrew on Tue May 30, 2017 10:04 pm

Yeah, Duncan was a big deal from the moment he got into the league, and was fresh off a championship to boot. We're also looking at a different time, before the massive hype train that is the preview season these days, and when NBA Live was the dominant brand.

It's not that Kawhi is a complete unknown or totally unmarketable, but he is probably overlooked and doesn't have the flashiness and popularity that other players do. I don't think he'd be a bad choice, but he's maybe not the most eye-catching or "exciting" name they could use. He obviously deserves more credit and attention than he gets, but he doesn't tend to get the headlines, so in that respect, he's perhaps not the optimal choice for a cover player.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Murat on Wed May 31, 2017 12:18 am

ea should come up with a name that could make sensation.

I mean, for instance they pick up Brandon Ingram. reactions should be WTF, lol really... but you know, there is a reaction. people asks why Ingram?

it should make controversy so NBA LIVE 18 can get a bit popular around gamers.

think of JORDAN being cover guy for 2k11. not the same thing but back then basketball fans were amazed and NBA 2K11 is still one of the most popular games in sports history
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby mp3 on Wed May 31, 2017 6:06 am

I can see your point in marketing that way and I did wonder about if EA jumped on the Karl Anthony Towns bandwagon but isn't he the 2k's app cover player this year?
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Dee4Three on Wed May 31, 2017 6:10 am

Andrew wrote:I like Kawhi, and he deserves the recognition of being a cover player for one of the games, one of these years. Only problem might be a lack of marketing "sizzle". His brilliance flies under the radar, which doesn't make him the ideal candidate to move units.


Antoine Walker was on the cover of NBA Live 99...

Three point sizzle.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Andrew on Wed May 31, 2017 10:32 am

Admittedly we haven't done it in a while, but every time we've done a "Worst NBA Live Cover Player" poll, it's been Antoine Walker. He'd probably still rank up there if we held another poll, if not remaining the #1 choice. He did make sense at the time though, seeming like a star on the rise, but it's not a choice that holds up particularly well.

Putting Brandon Ingram on the cover wouldn't be comparable to putting Michael Jordan on the NBA 2K11 cover, outside of both being surprising moves. The reason the latter decision caused buzz is because it's the greatest player of all-time and someone who has instant brand recognition. It was also the first time in over a decade that there was no NBA Live release, and NBA 2K was firmly establishing itself as the dominant brand as well. NBA 2K11 holds up as a great game because it was indeed a great game when it was released. The cover player and historical content it brought were the cherry on top.

Obviously, NBA Live will need to bring it in terms of gameplay and modes (and hopefully long overdue customisation), but as far as strong marketing is concerned, a big established star is the most logical move for the cover.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Murat on Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:44 am

I think a cover that includes Draymond Green and LeBron James would be interesting. Similar to PES 5's cover

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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby zzcoolj21 on Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:05 am

Murat wrote:I think a cover that includes Draymond Green and LeBron James would be interesting. Similar to PES 5's cover

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Not much success afterwards though.
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PES and Live are actually in pretty similar situations.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Murat on Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:33 am

When you fail to get the licences, it happens. The gameplay of PES was not that bad - it got so much improved in recent years, but when you don't see the best leagues of world got in the game, this happens.

Even the finalists of Champions League; Real Madrid and Juventus are NOT in the game. PC gamers may not consider this as an issue, but for PS4 and XB1 the situation is terrible.

EA has lost its chance of making such a cover though, as Kyrie Irving will be the cover guy of NBA 2K18.

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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby [Q] on Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:31 am

They can still do Zaza vs Tristan Thompson cover lol

How do you make a soccer game without real Madrid?? Might as well give up and create a fictional league like they did in Blitz The League
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby ThaLiveKing on Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:21 am

lol...this year's PES is pretty good. They should put Dwight Howard on the cover to reminisce of Live 10 lol
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Andrew on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:19 am

Ah, the Kwame Brown Wikipedia edit. A classic!
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby zzcoolj21 on Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:49 pm

I wonder who it is though
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That could just be a placeholder but the body doesn't really match Westbrook.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Andrew on Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:55 pm

Yeah, if that's a hint, it's not Westbrook.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby iamSamke on Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:08 am

This looks like Curry to me. But I doubt.
Anyway, I really hope EA won't mess up this year, because I'd really like to play NBA Live, instead of 2K, but every year Live messes up. Can't wait for more news.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby PeacemanNOT on Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:30 am

It could be Steph Curry, although I'd say it's just a placeholder:

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It actually kind of looks like Austin Rivers too lol

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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby [Q] on Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:50 am

Totally a placeholder. We'll see it in due time. What about that bus stop ad with Westbrook?
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby zzcoolj21 on Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:15 am

I'm wondering if we'll have 2 covers this year. All of the other EA Sports games that have been announced have alt covers.
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[Q] wrote:Totally a placeholder. We'll see it in due time. What about that bus stop ad with Westbrook?

My guess is if we get 2 covers, Westbrook will be the standard cover.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:29 am

What if that picture is just an advertisement for "The One" mode, because I am guessing they will put a lot of emphasis on that. The jersey could just be generic.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby bigh0rt on Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:02 am

Dee4Three wrote:What if that picture is just an advertisement for "The One" mode, because I am guessing they will put a lot of emphasis on that. The jersey could just be generic.

That was my first thought when I saw it.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Andrew on Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:14 pm

At one point, I was thinking DeMar DeRozan; he also showed up in a lot of the First Look screenshots.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby I Hate Mondays on Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:10 am

Harden has a 96 OVR, he is on the same level with Durant and LeBron, while Kawhi and Westbrook both have 94. Harden will be the cover athlete, you heard it here first
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby zzcoolj21 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:55 am

It would explain the new advanced defensive mechanics :lol:
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby zzcoolj21 on Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:38 pm

I guess it's not Russ. If it was, yesterday or today would have been the perfect time to announce it.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

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Re: Cover Player Speculation

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:02 am

Durant's a part of the Team 2K talent roster, so that was always going to be unlikely.
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Re: Cover Player Speculation

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