A few weeks back, we noted that a trio of NBA legends -- Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan, Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird -- would grace commemoratice covers of this year's NBA 2K12 video game. It turns out those three won't be the only legendary basketball players to be featured in this year's game.
IGN.com reports that NBA 2K12 will feature a game mode called "NBA's Greatest" which will allow the user to play through 15 historic games and control 15 basketball legends. "His Airness is back," a trailer for the game declares. "This time he brought friends."
Players announced so far are: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Julius "Dr. J" Erving, plus 10 other legends to be announced in the coming weeks. The historic games feature the entire team rosters, accurate stadiums, and are presented to look like TV broadcasts from their respective era.We can all breathe a sign of relief that Abdul-Jabbar made the cut. Lord knows he wouldn't have taken a snubbing very well after not immediately getting a statue at Staples Center like he has demanded.
To add icing to the cake, the classic teams can be unlocked and played in game against contemporary lineups. Kobe vs. Kareem. Dr. J vs. KG. Jordan vs. LBbron.
"There's the age old debate how players and teams from today would compare with teams of yesterday," said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "We want to settle that debate."
While the other ten names on the list haven't been announced yet, here's who I would pick, in no particular order. Note: We're looking for video game fun and a good diversity of eras here. Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Pete Maravich, Jerry West, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Isiah Thomas and Elgin Baylor. Honorable mention goes to guys like Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Moses Malone and Bernard King.
As for the snubs? Willis Reed's return from injury needs to be included in the most memorable games list somehow and it's difficult to leave off guys like John Havlicek, David Robinson, Bob Cousy, George Mikan, John Stockton and Karl Malone.
Here's a promotional video trailer of the game courtesy of IGM.com. NBA 2K12 is set to be released on Oct. 4, 2011.
Images above taken from video trailer.