By Craig Kwasniewski
Maybe Portland may want to reconsider choosing Oden over Durant after seeing this. Here are some photos from the EA Sports NBA Live launch party for the 08 edition with Gilbert Arenas on the cover.
BTW - Unlike Madden, there's no NBA Live Jinx. Kobe was on the cover last year, and the only jinx he experienced was suffering yet another season with Mitch Kupchak as GM. To me, putting Agent Zero on the cover was brilliant. The dude was THE storyline in a rather boring regular season. I'm hoping that there's a secret "hibachi" button in the game.... PLEASE!!!
Anyway, you can see early on he's playing for fun against a few EA reps (I'm laying even odds that they're losing on purpose). It's laughs all around and everyone's having a good time... very Agent Zero.
But then it gets serious. Future Oklahoma City Sonics star Kevin Durant goes head-to-head with Gilbert and wins. Check out the fist pump and the WTF??? look on Gilbert... classic. (Obviously he's pissed, after all Zero lost to a rookie at his own NBA Live party, with his grill on the cover of the game!) This is what separates superstars from normal players, that will to win no matter what. Much like Tiger Woods beating Bill Simmons in a promotional game of XBox 360 golf, superstars play to win at everything. I love the last photo, Zero looking pissed off as he's posing with Durant.
So Portland... Durant looks like the type of guy who'll race you down the aisle of a grocery store. You may want to think twice before passing up on such a competitor.