On Monday, NBA 2K20 released Kobe Bryant content for the MyTeam mode. It comes in the form of a locker code for a Pink Diamond, and a new set of Spotlight Challenges.
The challenges task the user with duplicating some of late Lakers legend’s best performances, but I believe this is just the beginning of the tribute to the Mamba.
The Kobe Bryant Release Trailer and the Locker Code
The locker code and a preview of the spotlights are in the video below:
In case you missed it, here is the locker code for the Pink Diamond Kobe:
Every 2K MyTeam user will get the Pink Diamond version of the Bryant card. Inputting the locker code ahead guarantees them this relatively modest version of the Mamba. There are many in the MyTeam community complaining about the quality of the card, from the artwork to the attributes and badges.
The artwork is a redo from a previous Ruby version of Bryant in NBA 2K18.
Depending on who you are, this may or may not be a major deal. The card art is nice, but not a needle mover for me. At the end of the day, it’s just art on the screen and won’t win or lose a game for you. However, some take these details more seriously.
As the attributes go, there is no question this PD Bryant is arguably not as effective as the Amethyst or Diamond version that is already in the game.
That said, this card isn’t really designed to be used in competitive online modes like MyTeam Unlimited or Triple Threat Online. It’s given for the sake of completing challenges, and not unlike the Ruby version of the Udonis Haslem that users needed to depend on heavily to complete the Dwyane Wade Spotlight Challenge. When kept in the proper perspective, users should be able to appreciate the card.
The other really important factor is that it’s free. You don’t have to spend MT or even grind for it, so it’s tough to understand why anyone is complaining.
Is The Galaxy Opal Kobe Bryant Coming?
2K hasn’t confirmed it in any way, but it is hard to believe that this will be the extent of the Bryant content. Bryant’s name and likeness have enormous sway at this point, and it seems almost impossible that we wouldn’t see a Galaxy Opal released at some point.
Also consider the tweets related to the Galaxy Opal James Harden that have come from the NBA 2K MyTeam Twitter account, and from 2K’s Digital Brand Manager Ronnie Singh:
Both seem to hint at something big coming from the MyTeam mode in conjunction with the Harden card. If you think about it, what else could it be besides Bryant content?
Perhaps a Galaxy Opal LeBron James, but besides the King, we already have Galaxy Opal versions of every other player whose face would go on the Mount Rushmore of basketball (no, we’re probably not getting a Galaxy Opal Bill Russell).
I believe there will be some connection between having the Harden card and having access to the Galaxy Opal Bryant card. We may not see it immediately, but ultimately this feels like another perfectly hyped and marketed piece of content from 2K.
If nothing else, 2K has always been stellar at teasing content, and still making an impact when it’s finally released.