The 15 legends of 'NBA 2K12'
1992-93 Bulls: B.J. Armstrong, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, Scott Williams, John Paxson, Rodney McCray, Stacey King, Will Perdue, Ed Nealy
1992-93 Hornets: Muggsy Bogues, Kendall Gill, David Wingate, Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Dell Curry, Johnny Newman, Kenny Gattison, Tony Bennett, Sidney Green, Kevin Lynch
1964-65 Celtics: K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Tom Sanders, Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, Larry Siegfried, John Thompson, Mel Counts
1964-65 Lakers: Jerry West, Dick Barnett, Elgin Baylor, Rudy Larusso, Leroy Ellis, Jim King, Darrall Imhoff, Walt Hazzard, Don Nelson.
Author: Messenjah Matt
During Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals against Portland, Jordan set a Finals record at the time with 6 three-pointers in a half. It was the shrug to Marv and Magic, after effortlessly hitting the 6th three, that sealed this as one of the greatest moments in NBA history. Jordan finished with 39 points in a 122-89 blowout of the Blazers.
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It's hard to know exactly where the NBA would be today without the onslaught of game-changing superstars that shaped one of the country's most dynamic sports. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird defined the era of the game we have come to know and love, but they too were influenced by their predecessors. With last year's NBA 2K11, players experienced the thrill of lacing up a pair of Jordan's Nikes, and this year's game looks to up the experience even further. NBA 2K12 isn't solely focused on basketball’s past or present; instead, it looks fondly upon the entire history of the NBA, and really, what better way to celebrate the sport than with 15 of the most dominant athletes to ever pick up the old round ball?
Basketball is the sport that always unmasks me as a panicky klutz, whether that is in a video game or in real life. I don't see things very well, don't have great anticipation, and overreact to most everything. On defense, it takes nothing to get me in the air, although such a statement implies there is actual daylight between my feet and the hardwood.
We go hands-on with 2K Sports’ NBA 2K12, including the NBA’s Greatest mode, in which players have the opportunity to play with and unlock some of the finest athletes across basketball history.
I don’t really play too many basketball video games, and I haven’t since the days of One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird on the Commodore 64. That’s exactly why I jumped at the chance to preview 2K Sports’ NBA 2K12 and its NBA’s Greatest mode earlier this week.
NBA’s Greatest capitalizes on the success of NBA 2K11?s Jordan Challenge, in which players got to re-create 10 of the NBA star’s milestone moments. NBA’s Greatest expands the roster to focus on 15 world-renowned players from across the history of the sport. Namely: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Stockton, Isaiah Thomas and Jerry West.
by Adam Figman | @afigman
I’ll cut right to the chase: With the assistance of the good folks at Access Communications, I was given the opportunity to play the newest iteration of the NBA 2K series today. Given the status of the (actual, real-life) League, video game hoops may be the only NBA ball fans will get to experience for a while, so the anticipation around this year’s release—NBA 2K12, which drops officially on October 4, 2011—feels a little extra special.
Here’s what I knew going in: While Michael Jordan graced the front of NBA 2K11, MJ, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will all get their own covers of 2K12. And though last year’s version included a Jordan Challenge, giving the user an opportunity to recreate all of Money’s biggest games, 2K12 has an “NBA’s Greatest” mode, in which the user can play as one of 15 classic NBA squads—each led by a different legendary superstar—against a rival team of the same era. I played both NBA’s Greatest mode and the standard Quick Play mode today, and here’s some of what I learned:
When I had a chance to preview NBA 2K12 this week, I honestly came in ready for a let down. NBA 2K11 was out of this world, plain and simple. Without question the best sports game of the year, and arguably the best video game of the year. But even though the hype for 2012 was there, I wasn’t quite buying into it. Oh, how I was wrong.
After playing 2K12 for a few minutes, it was obvious that there were some widespread changes once again. Although last year’s game physics were pretty awesome, posting up was a little too difficult, speed dribbling was a little too effective, and crossovers were a little too devastating against other users. Not anymore.
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