The release of a sports video game is often a delicate balancing act. Players can change teams and ruin your cover art. Things could be included in the game that are not meant for prying eyes until much later, like jersey concepts or other features.
But with video games with huge hype come people eager to get at a game and reveal its secrets. Such is the case with the hotly anticipated ‘NBA 2K18,’ which is scheduled to come out next week. People are already playing the demo all over the world, but on Wednesday the “Statement” alternate jerseys for all 30 NBA teams leaked online.
Some of the designs are simply putting last year’s alternative concepts on the new Nike template, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fresh as hell. Boston’s black design, for example, isn’t very new but still does look solid.
Conrad Burry of SportsLogos.Net posted all 40 of them on his website on Wednesday, along with some photos he shared on Twitter.
The pattern on the Cavaliers’ new Statement look kind of reminds me of a tire track, which fits their Goodyear sponsorship pretty well. Here’s a look at the Raptors leak as well.
The Warriors one, though, might be the best of the bunch.
The leak is the latest in a flurry of new Nike jersey news, with the Hornets revealing their Classic alternate and the Philadelphia 76ers’ stunning red jersey leaked by a Philly sports blog. There are some hits and misses in all 30 of these looks but, as always, the prying eye of the public eventually wins out.
We’ll see them out of the digital realm and in real life soon enough.