NBA Street is a successful basketball game created by EA Sports BIG. It was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2. It was ported to the GameCube in 2002. It combines the talent and big names of the NBA with the attitude and atmosphere of streetball.
The game consisted of three-on-three basketball games. Players try to collect trick points, which are scored through the use of good ballhandling, faking out defenders, pump faking, blocking, stealing, diving for the ball, shooting from long range, and of course dunking and alley-oops. If a team fills their meter through flashy and effective gameplay, they get to perform a Gamebreaker, which is a special shot that not only adds to their score, but it subtracts an equal amount from the opponents' score.
In the game's storymode there are unlockable fantasy bosses which include:
- Biggs - Labeled as a big powerhouse from London who is also a heavyweight boxer. Could be a reference to Dudley from the Street Fighter series.
- Bonafide - A spectacular ball handler who resembles Allen Iverson.
- Drake - A great 3 point shooter with great ball handling who resembles Eminem.
- DJ - A multi-talented dunker.
- Takashi - A shot-swatter. Japanese player who also largely resembles Yao Ming.
- Stretch - bears a strong resemblance to Julius Erving.
It also includes the option of creating your own baller.
R&B group 3LW also provided voicework for and their likenesses as well.
The success of the NBA Street led EA Sports BIG to extended to football with NFL Street, NFL Street 2 in 2004, and NFL Street 3 in 2006. The format was also brought to soccer with FIFA Street in 2005 and FIFA Street 2 in 2006.
- At the first loading screen, you see all of the fantasy bosses along with the Twin Towers in the background.
- The game also was released on Michael Jordan's birthday.