Dirk leads European NBA Live covers

Germany gets Mavs' Nowitzki, Spain gets Grizzlies' Gasol, France gets Suns' Diaw and Spurs' Parker; McGrady handles the rest.

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I've been lookin' for freedom, I've been lookin' so long, I've been lookin' for freedom, Still the search goes on.

One only needs to look at the back of NBA jerseys to see that professional basketball is quickly becoming an international affair. Williamses, Johnsons, and Jacksons are steadily being replaced by Mings, Kirilienkos, and N'Dongs. To reflect the global expansion of the NBA, Electronic Arts is offering the next edition of NBA Live in multiple covers, much like it does with its FIFA Soccer series.

Dallas Mavericks All-Star Dirk Nowitzki will be on the game's cover in his homeland of Germany, Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol will be featured on the cover in Spain, and San Antonio Spurs speedster Tony Parker and Phoenix Suns jack-of-all-trades Boris Diaw will be co-cover athletes in France. In other territories, previously announced cover athlete and Houston Rockets superstar Tracy McGrady will be the featured athlete.

"With the global appeal of NBA Live it is important to us to assemble an All-Star team of international players who reflect our worldwide basketball franchise leadership," said Keith Munro, vice president of marketing for EA. "These players are superstars on their NBA teams and some of the best players in the world."

NBA Live 07 will also feature a European All-Stars team. The roster will include the four European cover athletes, as well as Zydrunas Ilgauskus of the Cavaliers, Peja Stojakovic of the Hornets, Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur of the Jazz, Hedo Turkoglu of the Magic, Vladimir Radmanovic and Sasha Vujacic of the Lakers, Andrea Bargnani of the Raptors, Mickael Pietrus of the Warriors, Beno Udrih of the Spurs, and Nenad Krstic of the Nets.

NBA Live 07 is being released on September 25 for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PSP, and PC. A PlayStation 3 version is also expected to be available in November. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

42 comments
e-mat
e-mat

baltimoreravens - 40 and 10 is a big exaggeration. T-Mac is streaky but even if he's cold, he still is very valuable - solid defence, gets teammates involved on offence whereas dirk is almost useless if his shots aren't falling.

e-mat
e-mat

if you're going to say that dirk is the best player in the nba, then I'm a say that Ben Wallace is the best. They both are good at a couple of things - Ben at defense and rebounding, dirk at shooting and ball handling. So what I'm trying to say is that there's no way either one of them is the best player in the nba. oh, I forgot, dirk is great at whining and flopping too but still...

baltimoreravens
baltimoreravens

the person who just compared Dirk with Tmac is a complete noob to basketball. they are both great players. Tmac is good, but he is a streaky player, once he gets going, you cant stop him. But the bad thing about Tmac is that he can be very inconsistent, he can score 40 in one game, and score like 10 in another. Dirk is just a good shooter period. Hes got a better shot than Tmac. Tmac is a flashy player, but Dirk is a player that a coach would love to have on hes team cuz he means so much to the team, tho he is not flashy, he does hes job very well. But with everything said, thats just a bad comparison.

lilchubz11
lilchubz11

Lets get something straight T-mac will rape Dirk anyday. And I can bet that if the rockets play the Mavs, the rockets will own. There a reason they picked Tmac because he would own dirk.

natethegreat235
natethegreat235

TRACY DIDN'T PLAY LAST YEAR. Give the cover to someone who deserves it like lebron. He might want too much money though.

StillWingless
StillWingless

i don't really care too much about the story... but i wanted to commend gamespot and their editors for the most sexy picture of mr. nowitzki that they used to represent this story. it made my universe today.

HasShah1
HasShah1

Belmont Master's mom sucks... O and mark my words, Houston Rockets 2006-2007 champs, TMac Finals MVP

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

He is one of the great NBA players right now. So it's good pick to be a cover athlete for EA games.

chewonthestraw
chewonthestraw

at least someone different is on the cover for live... WHAT WERE YOU THINKING 2K!!!! SHAQ ISNT THAT AMAZING NEMORE!!!! im glad i got that off my chest..... on a message board..... what has my life come to

Fanboy4Hire
Fanboy4Hire

I have to agree with peeps saying Dirk should be on the North American cover too. He may not be as cool as D.Wade or Kobe, but he's ten times better than T-Mac, who can't play more than 75% of a full season. T-Mac would've been great for the cover...4 years ago. There's at least ten more deserving players that could've been the cover star, starting with Steve Nash and Lebron James.

silentmobius
silentmobius

The only cover T-Mac needs to be on is the cover of Overrated Monthly. What did he do all season. Zip. Nada. Nothing. I guess next year they'll put Grant Hill on the cover.

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

Dirk is the best player in the NBA? Did you even look at the Finals?!?! He freakin disappeared! He passed up wide open shots and failed to be aggressive unlike Wade. I guess if you think so then who am I to contradict you. If he is the best player in the NBA then Wade is the best player in the world...

KoFoNiO
KoFoNiO

Dirk is the best player in the NBA. My Mavs are looking good ever since our finals dissapointment. Dirk should have been on the North American cover instead of T-Mac, Mcgrady didn't do anything this year.... Well NBA Live sucks anyway, 2K is better.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

^^:lol: I knew you would leave a comment there

Spincut
Spincut

^^ i'm below you slick :) i guess i have to at least leave a comment here.

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

Hahah that was funny unholy and so very very true. But what was even funnier was how Mark Cuban had the parade route in the press before Game 3 and then they got beat with help from Josh Howard in his Chris Webber impersonation. TIME OUT Little T-MART!!

Thakingk05
Thakingk05

HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON MORTH AMERICANS COVER OF NBA LIVE. I TAKE THAT BACK. KOBE BRYANT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER.

dergy
dergy

my God...i wont buy the game just because it has an ugly cover! QUICK! GET A BAG OVER HIS HEAD!

unholygemini
unholygemini

"assassinX01 dirk so should've won mvp. Im still sore about the mavs losing. " You are kidding me. Dwayne deserved that MVP award like no one else. He averages nearly 30 points a game, and steals the ball from DIRK HIMSELF at the last minute, and slam dunks that ball to end the game, right when the Mavericks had a chance to tie it. Not to mention that Dirk was nearly useless in every finals game. He averaged about, what, 15 points? Oh, and by the way, it is pretty much impossible to win MVP if your team didn't win the Finals.

Andres001
Andres001

Belmont what the hell are you talking about Baketball rocks.

assassinX01
assassinX01

dirk so should've won mvp. Im still sore about the mavs losing.

avamarine
avamarine

Dirk is the german MACHINE!!! Go you SoaB and get to the playoffs again and finish the dang job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fury10
fury10

Kobe is in 989's (Sony) NBA '07 Cover

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

wtf, i thought Kobe got the cover

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

I think it's a good idea what they are doing with the covers although it is not a major issue. I still don't see why McGrady makes the cover he was out damn near the whole year but Kobe singlehandedly leads a lottery team to the playoffs and Steve Nash is the regular season MVP for the second consecutive year to lead his team without Stoudamire. Beno Udrich and Vujacic? They might as well put Darko Millicic on the team while they're at it. Meanwhile Tony Kukoc is hanging his head in disgust. Anyway it's still going to be a good game.

mariomaniac92
mariomaniac92

Gha! It's a crime to not have the best players in the NBA on the fronts of these covers around the world.

unholygemini
unholygemini

Yeah, I'm guessing that the Germans didn't dare buy NBA Live 06 with D.Wade on the cover, seeing as how badly Dwayne and the Heat shut Dirk down in the Finals. Way to kick everything in sight on the way to your locker room Dirk, real mature.

AKGermany
AKGermany

What a nice (and ignorant) subtitle under the Nowitzki picture. A news guy living in the past. How original. Sauerkraut jokes, anyone?

hodayathink
hodayathink

I like this idea, especially coming at the time of the World Championships, to show how global of a sport basketball has become.

d0njuan
d0njuan

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