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NBA2K2 title.png
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Jump Pack,
Sony PlayStation 2
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
¥5,800 HDR-0197
Sega Dreamcast
$49.95[1] 51178
Sega Dreamcast
£? MK-51178-50
Sega Dreamcast
€? MK-51178-50
Sega Dreamcast
€? MK-51178-50
Sega Dreamcast
€? MK-51178-50

Nintendo GameCube
$49.95[2] DOL-P-GBAE

Sony PlayStation 2
¥6,800 (7,140)[3] SLPM-65135
Sony PlayStation 2
$49.95[4] SLUS-20330
Sony PlayStation 2
US (Greatest Hits)
$? ?

$49.95[1] 64014

NBA 2K2 is the sequel to NBA 2K1.



In the US, Sega of America, in conjunction with its then-advertising partner Leagas Delaney‎ created a television advertisement for the game, parodying a 1996 advert from sportswear brand Nike. Nike's advert, developed in conjunction with Wieden + Kennedy and titled "Frozen Moment", showed various people watching NBA legend Michael Jordan perform a slam dunk in slow motion, as a means to sell Air Jordan XII footwear.

The NBA 2K2 advert copied the idea, albeit with entirely different footage and a more humerous tone, replacing the real-life NBA players with 3D polygonal models and scenes from the game. Displeased, Nike sued Sega of America in Februrary 2002[6]. Sega immediately pulled the ad, and the matter was settled out of court, with Sega donating $100,000 between the Boys & Girls Club in Portland, Oregon and Memphis, Tennessee (the homes of Nike's worldwide headquarters and main distribution centre, respectively).

Production credits

Xbox version

  • Lead Engineer: Andrew Marrinson
  • Engineers: Mark Horsley, Aki Rimpilainen, Henrik Holmdhal, Ray Graham, Tom Bak, Nick Jones, Tim Meekins, Alex Lee, Rob Gatson, Matt Hamre, Matt Bandy, Chris Larson, Johnnie Yang, Marc LeBlanc, Boris Kazanskii, Matt Underwood
  • Library Engineer: Ivar Olsen, Eivind Hagen, Chuck Batson
  • Director of Technology: Tim Walter
  • Art Director: Alvin Cardona
  • Player Model: Daniel Dawson
  • Lead Animator: Kaj Swift
  • Lead Arena Dude: Nelson Wang
  • Front End Designer: David Northcutt
  • Artist: Quinn Kaneko, Michael Stribling, Kurt Lai, Roy Tse, Ray Wong, Michael Biancalana, Leandro Penaloza, Collin Fogel, Joyce Rietveld, Hsing-Wen Hsu, Steve Paris, David Dame, Joel Flory, Ji Ahn, John Lee
  • Audio Director: Brian Luzietti
  • Sound Designer: Larry Peacock
  • Dialog Editor: J. Mateo Baker
  • Motion Capture Director: Matt Karnes
  • Motion Capture: Rich Nelson, Gavin Mccall
  • Executive Producer: Greg Thomas
  • Project Manager: Rob Jones
  • Assistant Project Manager: Kyle Lai-Fatt
  • Lead Designer: Derrick Aynaga
  • Additional Design: Jeremy Tiner
  • Quality Assurance Director: Chien Yu
  • Lead Tester: John Crysdale
  • Quality Assurance: Jason Vandiver, Brad Blakslee, Tim Collins, Joey Edwards, Drew Gall, Albert Huie, Robert Nelson, Tor Unsworth, Derek Williams, David Winslow
  • Additional Testing: Marion Dreo, Kai Ma, Carl Palomino, Mark Washington, Donell Williams
  • Audio Script Writing: Rob Thomas
  • Voice Over: Bob Fitzgerald as Bob Steel, Rod Brooks as Rod West, Ira C. Smith as The PA Announcer, Jerry Miller as The Coach
  • Presentation Consultant: Artie Kempner
  • Motion Capture Talent: Roy Byrd, Thomas Fairley, Rob Kennedy, Ken Jennings, Bo Outlaw, Rasheed Wallace, Sadiki Fuller, Sean Lewis, Marcus Smith, Rick Lambert, Rob Gatson
  • Player Voices: Jake Baker, Taron Hensley, Donell Williams, Ray Graham, Kurt Maffei, Rob Gatson
  • Playbook Design: Sportsvision
  • Intro Movie: Created by DragonLight
  • Intro Movie Music: Performed by R.O.C, Written by Jermaine Dupri and R.O.C, Produced by Jermaine Dupri for So So Def Productions
  • Menu Music: C&G Entertainment
  • Arena Music: Scorpio Sound, Composed and Produced By Mike Reagan, Gregory J. Hainer
  • Additional Arena Music: Directed and Supervised by CouchLife Ltd., London, UK, Composed and Produced by Matt Hales, HSP (Tom Hills)
  • Street Court Music: Produced by Da Beatminerz
  • Special Thanks: Scott Patterson, Matt Crysdale, Eric Apel, Richard Yee, Wayne Herman, Jenn Baker, Jorge Rodriguez, Rustin Lee, Jeff Thomas, Art Richardson, Lisa Bishop, Laura Lavelle, Jason Chin, Wayne Simmons, Roy Wilson, Joe Ferrero, Ashok Das, Terry Doyle, Sean Catinella, Gregg Rodriguez, Jennifer Horwich, Diane McDonald, Alex Baker, NBA Entertainment, Inc., Greg Lassen
  • Senior Product Manager: Stacey Kerr
  • Associate Product Manager: Mike Rhinehart
  • Licensing: Jane Thompson, Robert Leffler
  • Manual: Ed Brady
  • Lead Tester: John Diamonon
  • Assistant Lead Tester: Rommel Hernandez, Joe Mora
  • Testers: Fred Acebo, Michael Delacruz, Demetrius Griffin, Joe Amper, Jenric Herrera, Seth Benton, Fernando Valderama, Ryan Roettele, Curtis Chiu, Ben Wisyanski, Shawn Dobbins, Lee Frohman, Jeff Sideno, Jamie Abalos
  • Creative Services:
  • Special Thanks: Peter Moore, Chris Gilbert, Marc Franklin, Cori Barrett, Kelley Electa
  • All trademarks are the property of their respective, owners., The names and logos of all stadiums/arenas are, trademarks of their respective owners and are, used by permission.
  • Certain trademarks used herein [or hereon] are properties of American Airlines, Inc. used under license to Sega. All rights reserved.
  • Sega thanks the Rucker family and the memory of Mr. Holcombe Rucker.
  • Special thanks to Greg Lassen at NBA Entertainment, Inc.
Source: US manual

Magazine articles

Main article: NBA 2K2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advertisements


GamePro US 159.pdf

Print advert in
GamePro (US) #159: "December 2001" (2001-xx-xx)

Television advertisements

Physical scans

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №120, p107
70 №, p34[7]
70 №702
Sega Dreamcast
Based on
3 reviews

Dreamcast, US
NBA2K2DCUSBack.jpgNBA2K2 DC US Box Front.jpg
NBA2K2 DC US Disc.jpg
Dreamcast, EU
NBA2K2 DC EU Box Back.jpgNBA2K2 DC EU Box Front.jpg
NBA2K2 DC EU Disc.jpg
Dreamcast, JP
NBA2K2 DC JP Box Front.jpg

PlayStation 2 version

PlayStation 2, US
NBA2K2 PS2 US Box.jpg
PlayStation 2, US
(Greatest Hits)
NBA2K2 PS2 US Box GH.jpg
PlayStation 2, JP
NBA2K2 PS2 JP Box.jpg
NBA2K2 PS2 JP disc.jpg

GameCube version

GameCube, US
NBA2K2 GC US Box.jpg

Xbox version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №2, p46[8]
80 №3, p63[9]
Based on
2 reviews

Xbox, US
NBA2K2 Xbox US Box.jpg
NBA2K2 Xbox US Disc.jpg

External links


2K Basketball games Published by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
NBA 2K (1999) | NBA 2K1 (2000) | NBA 2K2 (2001)
Nintendo GameCube
NBA 2K2 (2002) | NBA 2K3 (2002) | NCAA College Basketball 2K3 (2002)
Sony PlayStation 2
NBA 2K2 (2002) | NBA 2K3 (2002) | NCAA College Basketball 2K3 (2002) | ESPN NBA Basketball (2003) | ESPN College Hoops (2003) | ESPN NBA 2K5 (2004) | ESPN College Hoops 2K5 (2004)
2K Basketball related media
NBA 2K Official Strategy Guide (1999) | NBA 2K Perfect Guide (2000) | NBA 2K3 Official Perfect Guide (2002) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: ESPN NBA Basketball (2003) | ESPN NBA 2K5 Official Strategy Guide (2004)