NBA 2k19 is set to be released here shortly, and over the last ten plus years, players like myself dreamed about using Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller in gameplay. During the 2018 NBA All-star weekend, Miller confirmed why he is not in the video game via Instagram live during a Q&A session, and it is due to not being offered proper compensation for his likeness.
Miller is one of the most recognized personalities in NBA history, in fact, he and his sister fellow Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller are the only brother and sister to be selected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Cheryl is arguably the greatest female basketball player that has ever lived, and with that being said she got the Hall of fame call in 1995. Her, little brother, Reggie is one of the greatest three-point shooters in NBA history ask the New York Knicks, and he would be selected go into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
As for Charles Barkley, He was recently on the Scoop B Radio Podcast and talked about why he is not on the popular video game here is what he told Brandon ‘Scoop B” Robinson:
“I’m still not there,”Said Barkley He would continue, “I told them [if] they gave me x-amount of money, not give it to me; give it to the retired players, I’d appear in their video game. They haven’t done it, so I’m not in there.”
Barkley is focused on helping the Retired Players Association, and to make sure they are adequately compensated for healthcare and whatever else they might need.
“Unless they give the retired players x-amount of money they cannot use my likeness. And, I think I’m not even going to think about that anymore. They’re gonna give some money to the retired players, or they’ll never be able to use my likeness, period.” said Barkley.
Robinson tried to get the exact number, but Barkley would not share that information. Instead, he said this:
“Listen, that game makes hundreds of millions of dollars. They can use the write-off. Listen, my phone is always open.” The full interview with Scoop B can be seen here.