To better catch that expanding disarray in the league's offices, MT NBA 2K19 presents a narrative to its franchise mode, MyGM. A player -- your established MyPlayer, especially -- suffers a career-ending knee accident and afterwards takes up the reins as general supervisor.
Trade Kyrie Irving off or place him in another position; that is the crux of a group GM gig, with a sign of occasional inner team play involved. It's a stretch to call it a narrative mode as the menu does, but minor expansions into MyGM include dialogue exchanges and player interactions new to NBA 2K19.
Not only is there a story in MyGM, there is still a bevy of MyPlayer alternatives. As opposed to invite Spike Lee to guide MyCareer (because he did back in NBA 2K16), NBA 2K19's approach settles down, focusing on the tumultuous rookie year of prior street baller DJ.
It's largely satirical toward locker room culture, a reprieve in the thick play of Madden NFL 18's Longshot as well as past years old NBA 2K. For example, DJ's agent isn't much of one, however, he does possess a catchphrase: "Eat what you kill." The characters do not appear to comprehend what that means (and they say so), but NBA 2K19 runs with it to the humor.