NBA 2K fans know the importance of the classic players and teams, and developer Visual Concepts really puts a big emphasis on that part of the game.
Fans are loving it, and being able to play with some legendary teams and stars from the past era is a really satisfying and fun experience.
Yet, to this day many big names and superstars are not present in the NBA 2K series, and some fans were wondering what's been the issue here.
Barkley established himself as one of the NBA's most dominant power forwards.(Picture: NBA)
Is it money, licensing or some other thing?
We may never know the answer for all of them, but we now know for the biggest missing name on the list, a former MVP and a part of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All-Time - Charles Barkley.
Barkley was briefly included in the game as a part of the Dream Team in NBA 2K13, but that was his only appearance in the series ever and he is the single-most-important player not to be present in the most popular basketball simulation.
NBA 2K13 Dream Team was Barkley's only appearance in the series (Picture: 2K)
Why is Charles Barkley not in NBA 2K games?
A young boy behind the Youtube channel Nick's Trick Shots recently had a chance to ask the legend himself some questions along with his friend.
This was made possible earlier this summer through Sports Broadcasting Camp, and his video with Charles Barkley became viral this weekend when people started sharing it on social networks, Reddit, and other online places.
In the video, which you can watch below, one of the questions was: "Why are you not in 2K?"
"You know, that's a great question, and I'm asked that question a lot," Charles says.
He then proceeds to explain that 2K makes an enormous amount of money per year, but they pay retired players "chump change".
He says that 2K makes 300 million dollars a year, but they are actually making much more, NBA 2K20 made $1 billion in revenue in under a year.
Barkley was very happy to hear the question and shed light on his decision not the be in the game (Picture: Nick's Trick Shots)
"No, I'm not doing it," Charles said. "Because just giving me some money doesn't help anybody. Give the old retired players a million dollars a year, and I'll be in the video game"
2K's answer to this was that they can only pay him the same they pay others.
"I'm not like others, I see these other guys and I don't even know why they take that money."
He adds that they are very persistent and they call him every year to ask him the same question and to see if he has changed his mind.
"Why in the world you think I'm gonna change my mind?! I told you, give a million dollars a year, you can even have the tax right off, it doesn't even have to come from me."
Charles says these are his conditions and they won't change. In the end, he explains why he wants this.
"Ther's this misconception that everybody's been making a gazillion dollars our whole life. There are players older than me who didn't make any money. Those guys, they are older and they probably need the money, and so that's why I'm not in the video game."