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Star in your very own Spike Lee Joint in NBA 2K16, the most realistic basketball game yet

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and 2K Sports. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

To make it in the NBA, you’ve got to have your jump shots perfected and your footwork tight. But there’s far more to success in the big leagues than what goes down on the court. From dealing with agents and sponsors to the distractions of fame, money, and power, NBA players face a dynamic mix of challenges as they rise through the ranks.

Traditionally, basketball video games ONLY focus on the court. NBA 2K16 is anything but traditional.

For NBA 2K16, developers tapped Spike Lee to tell the story of a player’s journey. "Livin’ da Dream" is NBA 2K16’s completely original Spike Lee Joint, which places your custom player inside a storyline that explores the drama of rising from high school baller to NBA star with moving authenticity.

"No basketball game exists in a vacuum," says Spike Lee. "What’s come before, what will follow — on these courts, the story is everything."

This authenticity continues onto the court, where NBA 2K16 brings players into the game with a level of detail unprecedented in basketball games. From each player’s socks and water bottles to crazed fans in the crowd, no detail is too small for NBA 2K16 to create a realistic gameplay experience. You can manage an entire franchise, or, with the MyCAREER mode, you can create your own custom player and see him through a career in the league.

NBA 2K16 is in a class of its own.

The developers have fully rethought the genre — bringing a real-life look and feel to every aspect of 2K16. The world of 2K16 is constantly changing and evolving, from the impact of different coaching styles to a feature that tracks the physics of a player's foot position on the court. Just be sure to put your practice in — you’ll need it to keep up.

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and 2K Sports. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.