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NBA 2K17 trailer heads to the Olympics for a Dream Team matchup

Who sings the national anthem with a key change?!

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Every four years, the people behind the NBA 2K series try to settle an age-old debate: Who would win in a matchup of the present-day U.S. men’s national basketball team against the original Dream Team from the 1992 Summer Olympics? NBA 2K17 will feature both of those squads — for pre-order customers, that is — and the game’s latest trailer imagines a game between them.

There isn’t a lot of actual basketball in the trailer; it’s mostly just slow-mo shots of the players on the court. But it’s still thrilling to see ’90s greats like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird on the same floor as Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and NBA 2K17 cover athlete Paul George. Also featured is Mike Krzyzewski, who is the current head coach of the U.S. team — it’s his last go-round at the Olympics — and was an assistant coach in 1992.

A version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the backing track for the trailer. It’s a stirring rendition, although there’s an inexplicable, off-putting key change halfway through the final line that’s rather jarring.

NBA 2K17 is set for release Sept. 20 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For now, at least, the 1992 Dream Team will be available only to people who pre-order the game. Team USA faces off against Australia tonight in Rio.

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