Updated: November 23, 2013 6:25AM
LeBron James has taken a lot away from Derrick Rose the last few years. Besides winning the hardware that Rose would love to have above his fireplace, James and the Miami Heat eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs two of the last three seasons.
Heck, James even took the ‘‘NBA2K’’ cover that Rose shared with Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin last season.
‘‘No, no, not bitter at all,’’ Rose said, laughing, when asked about 2K Sports making this year’s video game cover all about James. ‘‘He won the championship, so he deserves to get every cover.’’
Rose doesn’t need to be out front to be a fan of the game. With new ball-handling and slick dribbling controls added to ’14, it’s a point guard’s dream.
‘‘They left a lot of the play the same, but no doubt the big thing is they changed the dribble,’’ Rose said. ‘‘It was always hard to dribble on there, but they added some things, made it feel a lot more realistic. Like, if you go in the lane and dribble too much, your guy will lose the ball a little bit more. They’re definitely trying to bring the realness to that game.’’
One of the two biggest changes to ‘‘NBA2K’’ is the ‘‘LeBron: Path to Greatness’’ mode, in which the player controls James’ future, whether it be the next big ‘‘Decision’’ to play for another NBA team or winning a third consecutive ring as part of a Heat dynasty.
The other change is those improved ball-handling moves.
Both are successful enhancements.
‘‘Yeah, that’s a big part of the game,’’ Bulls guard Marquis Teague said. ‘‘That’s the reality . . . you controlling it instead of just hitting a button to make a move. They cleaned some things up, like blocking shots. Last year, you couldn’t block anything. It was everybody dunking on everybody.’’
Teague would know. The second-year point guard considers himself the Bulls’ top gamer when it comes to ‘‘NBA2K.’’
“Oh, I’ve been the best,’’ Teague said. “No doubt, I’m the best.’’
— Joe Cowley