Now that the hockey games are out of the way, it's time for hoops games to hit stores. NBA 2K6 is now available for both the PS2 and the Xbox, with an Xbox 360 version slated to hit stores with the system's launch. It's not the same baragin it was last year, but it's $39.99 MSRP is still a good deal.

"We’re the number one rated basketball title for a reason – we deliver what fans want in terms of great gameplay, unmatched graphics and innovation" stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “We focused on delivering the most realistic visuals, incredible online play, exclusive control mechanics, and different playing styles for every NBA player in the game."

NBA 2K6 introduces the Shot Stick this year, which is a new way of shooting, hitting lay-ups, and dunking. The game will feature the NBA on TNT announcing crew, including play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan and color commentator Kenny Smith, with Craig Sager delivering sideline reports.