That don’t show my breakaway speed!

by Micah Hart

71? My grandmother’s rating is 71!

There are many things that are probably pretty awesome about being a professional athlete. One of those things is definitely getting to be in a video game. If that’s not a “Look ma, I made it!” kind of moment, I don’t know what is. And even though it’s probably an honor just to be included, it’s still pretty hilarious when the video game makers differ in their assessment of a player’s abilities than the player himself.

Enter the Nuggets’ J.R. Smith.

Unhappy with his rating, especially in comparison to some of his peers, Smith voiced his frustration the way the kids do nowadays, over Twitter:

Smith goes on to call out Jared Dudley and Mike Miller as two players with perhaps undeservedly higher ratings than his, which to be honest, he’s probably right about.

Whenever this subject comes up (as it inevitably does when the game comes out each year), I can’t help but think of my favorite Madden commercial ever, where Packers’ WR Robert Brooks is shown playing as himself in the game and getting tackled from behind by a 49er, to which he responds, “Come on man – that don’t show my breakaway speed!”*

*I have scoured the internet and cannot find a link to this commercial – what gives Youtube?

Since I couldn’t find that, how about a classic spoof of another player annoyed by his video game portrayal.

For those with the game already in hand – any other players whose ratings seem a little too high or low?

H/T Larry Brown Sports, HoopsJournal

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  1. jim says:

    Say it ain’t so, JR. Look in the mirror. Suck it up. Imrove. Work on your selfishness.
    You are complaining that Miller is ranked above you? You are delusional.
    1. There is a very good basketball reason LeBron pursued Mike Miller. Did you get a call?
    2. Granted, you have hops. He averaged over 6 RBs. How did you do? Oh my, under 4 a game.
    3.You shot 41%. He shot 50% Granted you can shoot from downtown. Miller shoots from downtown.

    4. He ave. 3.9 assists You? I don’t have to check to know it was well below his ave

    5. Miller has more court awareness than you do. Miller can, in a pinch. play the point. Research which coach had him playing the point. Then look yourself in the mirror when you doscover which coach had him at point.

  2. jim says:

    By the way, I see the writer agrees with Smith about Miller.You need to reevaluate what the game is all about.

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  4. Ignarus says:

    NBA2k ratings tend to make stuff like athleticism have a relatively low impact on a player’s score and his bad shooting % for the season didn’t help things. On the other hand, his shooting tendencies are probably still insane, so if he gets hot…