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NBA 2K17 expands commentary with a bunch of new analysts

Meet the new folks in the booth

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NBA 2K’s broadcast booth is getting a lot bigger in NBA 2K17 — the game will bring in multiple new analysts to provide in-game audio commentary, publisher 2K Sports announced today.

Kevin Harlan will provide play-by-play calls, while Greg Anthony, who replaced Steve Kerr for NBA 2K16, will continue to be the lead analyst. Color commentator Clark Kellogg has been the other piece of the commentary team for many years in the NBA 2K series, but in NBA 2K17, for the first time, the third person in the booth will vary depending on the game.

Doris Burke, who has been serving as a sideline reporter since NBA 2K11, graduates to the broadcast booth this year as one of four new secondary analysts. The others are three former NBA players: Chris Webber, Steve Smith and Brent Barry, all of whom have worked in television for networks such as TNT and NBA TV. David Aldridge, a longtime reporter for programs such as the NBA on TNT, is the new sideline reporter this year.

On the studio-show side, the trio of Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith will now interview you in the MyCareer mode. You’ll chat with them at halftime and after games. Developer Visual Concepts is also adding more than 200 clips of coaches talking with players on the sideline during games — plus facial and body animations to match — as well as over 150 new recordings of halftime and postgame interviews with coaches and players. You may have also seen a trailer earlier this week about new audio that’s authentic to every NBA arena.

You can see those aspects of NBA 2K17 in action, including interviews with Harlan, Webber, Smith, Barry and Burke, in the new trailer above. NBA 2K17 is set for release Sept. 20 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For much more on the game, check out our comprehensive hands-on gameplay preview.

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