Charles Barkley refuses to appear on NBA 2K19

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Charles Barkley is the missing ingredient to the NBA 2K video game.

Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing him on NBA 2K19.

“I’m still not there,” Charles Barkley told me on ScoopB.com via the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

For the past few years, Barkley and NBA 2K cannot agree on a financial agreement to make the former NBA player, turned NBA analyst a fixture on the game as both an analyst and a legend.

During the game’s halftime show, the likenesses of multi-award winning broadcaster, Ernie Johnson and NBA champions Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Shaquille O’Neal broadcast give fans the feel of watching TNT’s Inside The NBA on Thursday nights during the NBA season.

Barkley is nowhere to be found.

He and I talked about it on Scoop B Radio….

“Unless they give the retired players x-amount of money they cannot use my likeness,” said Barkley. “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.”

The annual release of the game features the voices and likenesses of top broadcasters Kevin Harlan, Doris Burke, Chris Webber and David Aldridge during the games four quarters.

During the game’s halftime show, the likenesses of multi-award winning broadcaster, Ernie Johnson and NBA champions Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Shaquille O’Neal broadcast give fans the feel of watching TNT’s Inside The NBA on Thursday nights during the NBA season.

Through and through, Barkley insists that his brethren in the Retired Players Association should be fairly compensated.  He feels that the money that they’d pay him should in fact go to the players rather than himself.

“My job is to take care of the older players,” he said.

“We’ve been having this argument with NBA 2K for 20 years now.”

NBA 2K is one of the top selling video games and the sounds, feel and culture, create a premium user experience for fans. “Listen, that game makes hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said.

“They can use the write-off. Listen, my phone is always open.”

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