According to Harold Goldberg of VH1, both basketball stars Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers and Dikembe Mutombo of the Houston Rockets have played the next-generation console from Sony. Kobe Bryant, after dropping by at the Playstation Parlor of the Palms Hotel, Las Vegas, played the same game that sports him on the cover: SCEA's NBA '07.
Bryant enjoyed playing the game that modeled physics and players with frightening realism. He had difficulty in playing the Skills Challenge, even up against Dwyane Wade in the same challenge a little while later. At least in simulation, Bryant still wins.