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NBA 2K12 Looks to Impress During Lockout


It’s that time of year again. The time when most NBA fans start to get anxious about the upcoming season as most teams will have already finished making their offseason moves and started to focus on the upcoming season.  However, this year, an NBA season doesn’t seem likely due to a lockout that could continue well into the spring of 2012. With no hoops on the agenda this year, NBA fans will have to turn to their video game consoles to see their favorite players in action.

The NBA 2K series has set the trend for NBA simulations for about the last five years as EA Sports, the former leader in NBA video games, watched their NBA Live dynasty crumble. NBA 2K11 provided gamers with a chance to relive ten of Michael Jordan’s most memorable career moments. This year’s game proves to top that with the implementation of the new Greatest Mode which features 15 NBA legends in classics matchups from history and few bonus teams to unlock while playing. The legends headlining the Greatest Mode include:

  1. Michael Jordan (cover athlete)
  2. Larry Bird (cover athlete)
  3. Earvin “Magic” Johnson (cover athlete)
  4. Julius Erving
  5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  6. Wilt Chamberlain
  7. Bill Russell
  8. Jerry West
  9. John Stockton
  10. Karl Malone
  11. Scottie Pippen
  12. Hakeem Olajuwon
  13. Patrick Ewing
  14. Isaiah Thomas
  15. Oscar Robertson 

All 15 legends in Greatest Mode are matched up against another team from their respective era, which means there are roughly 30 teams to unlock in the game. By playing and winning each game in Greatest Mode, gamers are able to unlock both the team they controlled as well as the opposing team. Also, by pre-ordering NBA 2K12, gamers will also receive codes to unlock the 1990-91 “Run TMC” Golden State Warriors (led by Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin) and the 2001-02 Sacramento Kings (lead by Chris Webber and Co.). There are also five additional teams to unlock by playing through Greatest Mode. Here’s a complete list of the teams and players available for play:

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

1970-71 Bucks: Oscar Robertson, Jon McGlocklin, Bob Dandridge, Greg Smith, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), Bob Boozer, Lucius Allen, Dick Cunningham

1970-71 Lakers: Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Keith Erickson, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Jim McMillian, Willie McCarter, Rick Roberson

1970-71 Hawks: Walt Hazzard, Pete Maravich, Lou Hudson, Bill Bridges, Walt Bellamy, Jim Davis, Jerry Chambers, Len Chappell

1971-72 Lakers: Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Jim McMillian, Leroy Ellis, Wilt Chamberlain, Flynn Robinson, Keith Erickson, Elgin Baylor

1971-72 Knicks: Walt Frazier, Dick Barnett, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas, Phil Jackson, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Luther Rackley

1976-77 76ers: Henry Bibby, Doug Collins, Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Darryl Dawkins, World B. Free, Steve Mix, Harvey Catchings, Mike Dunleavy, Joe Bryant (this team unlockable in mode)

1984-85 76ers: Maurice Cheeks, Clint Richardson, Julius Erving, Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, Clemon Johnson, George Johnson

1984-85 Bucks: Craig Hodges, Sidney Moncrief, Paul Pressey, Terry Cummings, Alton Lister, Mike Dunleavy, Ricky Pierce, Paul Mokeski, Randy Breuer, Charles Davis

1985-86 Celtics: Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Walton, Jerry Sichting, Scott Wedman, Sam Vincent

1985-86 Hawks: Doc Rivers, Randy Wittman, Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Willis, Tree Rollins, Cliff Levingston, Eddie Johnson, Jon Koncak, Spud Webb, Antoine Carr, Scott Hasting

1985-86 Celtics: Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Walton, Jerry Sichting, Scott Wedman, Sam Vincent

1985-86 Bulls: Kyle Macy, Michael Jordan, Orlando Woolridge, Sidney Green, Charles Oakley, George Gervin, Dave Corzine, John Paxson, Rod Higgins (this team unlockable in mode)

1986-87 Lakers: Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, James Worthy, A.C. Green, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper, Kurt Rambis, Billy Thompson, Mychal Thompson, Frank Brickowski

1988-89 Pistons: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Mark Aguirre, Rick Mahorn, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Vinnie Johnson, James Edwards, John Salley, Darryl Dawkins

1988-89 Bulls: John Paxson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, Sam Vincent, Brad Sellers, Craig Hodges, Dave Corzine, Charles Davis, Will Perdue

1989-90 Cavs: Mark Price, Craig Ehlo, Larry Nance, John Williams, Brad Daugherty, Steve Kerr, Reggie Williams, Tree Rollins, Paul Mokeski (this team unlockable in mode)

1990-91 Lakers: Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Vlade Divac, A.C. Green, Larry Drew, Mychal Thompson, Elden Campbell

1990-91 Trail Blazers: Terry Porter, Clyde Drexler, Jerome Kersey, Buck Williams, Kevin Duckworth, Cliff Robinson, Danny Ainge, Mark Bryant, Drazen Petrovic

1990-91 Bulls: John Paxson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, B.J. Armstrong, Stacey King, Will Perdue, Cliff Levingston, Craig Hodges, Scott Williams (this team unlockable in mode)

1990-91 Warriors: Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin, Tom Tolbert, Alton Lister, Rod Higgins, Sarunas Marciulionis, Mario Elie, Paul Mokeski, Vincent Askew (this team in pre-order deal)

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

1993-94 Rockets: Kenny Smith, Vernon Maxwell, Robert Horry, Otis Thorpe, Hakeem Olajuwon, Mario Elie, Sam Cassell, Scott Brooks, Matt Bullard

1993-94 Nuggets: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Bryant Stith, Reggie Williams, Rodney Rogers, Dikembe Mutombo, Robert Pack, Tom Hammonds

1994-95 Knicks: Derek Harper, John Starks, Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing, Anthony Mason, Hubert Davis, Anthony Bonner, Greg Anthony, Monty Williams, Herb Williams, Doug Christie

1994-95 Magic: Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson, Donald Royal, Horace Grant, Shaquille O’Neal, Dennis Scott, Brian Shaw, Anthony Bowie, Jeff Turner, Tree Rollins

1995-96 Bulls: Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington, Dickey Simpkins, Jud Buechler, John Salley, James Edwards

1995-96 Sonics: Gary Payton, Hersey Hawkins, Detlef Schrempf, Shawn Kemp, Ervin Johnson, Sam Perkins, Vincent Askew, Nate McMillan, Frank Brickowski, David Wingate

1997-98 Jazz: John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, Adam Keefe, Karl Malone, Greg Foster, Byron Russell, Greg Ostertag, Howard Eisley, Shandon Anderson, Antoine Carr

1997-98 Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Eddie Jones, Robert Horry, Shaquille O’Neal, Elden Campbell, Corie Blount, Jon Barry

1997-98 Jazz: John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, Adam Keefe, Karl Malone, Greg Foster, Byron Russell, Greg Ostertag, Howard Eisley, Shandon Anderson, Antoine Carr

1997-98 Spurs: Avery Johnson, Vinny Del Negro, Sean Elliott, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Jaren Jackson, Chuck Person, Will Perdue, Monty Williams

1997-98 Bulls: Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington, Jud Buechler, Dickey Simpkins (this team unlockable in mode)

2001-02 Kings: Mike Bibby, Doug Christie, Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Bobby Jackson, Hedo Turkoglu, Scot Pollard, Gerald Wallace, Lawrence Funderburke (this team in pre-order deal)

 

 

From the list of teams available to play with in 2K12, I’m most looking forward to playing with the 1995 Orlando Magic, 1993 Charlotte Hornets, and 1998 LA Lakers. The Magic should be one of the more fun teams to play as with Penny Hardaway and Shaq Diesel calling the shots. The Hornets are sure to be a favorite of many fans of 90’s basketball who recall such names as Mugsey Bogues, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning. The Lakers of the late 90’s feature a younger more athletic version of the 5-time NBA champion and 2008 MVP Kobe Bean Bryant (who turned 33 yesterday).

Being that I haven’t seen “Afro Kobe” since the 2002 season, I’m more than looking forward to reminiscing on the days when Kobe was known for his superior athletic abilities and tendency to posterize any guard, forward, or center who got in his way to the basket. Granted it’s only Kobe from his second season, but it should still be fun. Oh, and I almost forgot…Shaq’s on the team too. And it’s not the fat, lazy version many were used to seeing in recent years. It’s The Diesel in his prime. Can’t remember Shaq in his prime? Maybe this will refresh your memory.

Not much information has leaked about the other new aspects of NBA 2K12 but the new Greatest Mode is sure to please many fans of retro NBA basketball.

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