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NBA 2K12 releases names of legends in the game

Aug 19, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

NBA 2K12

With the lockout likely to muck up the season, NBA 2K12 made a smart move — this year’s game is going to have legends of basketball that you can unlock and play.

We knew a few of them — Michael Jordan was back from last season, with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Three names aimed right at the heart of the NBA 2K12 demographic, not so coincidentally.

Now we have the list of the other players in the game, as reported by ESPN:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West.

And there is more.

Then again, the way the NBA’s Greatest mode is setup in the game, you can almost think of the 15 legends as 30 legendary teams as each legend not only has his actual teammates from the time period, but they are playing a rival from that same year, so although Dominique Wilkins is not among the 15 legends, he is in the game thanks to the matchup created when Larry Bird and the Celtics take on the 1985-86 Hawks.

We are pumped about this because it may be the only basketball on our television this fall.

  1. cookie2117 - Aug 19, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    NBA live is better

  2. redbear18 - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    No John Stockton? Really? Statistically the best PG ever, and he gets snubbed? Plus, Karl Malone is up there without him? In all honesty, the Mailman was a hell of a player, but do you think he would be the second leading all-time scorer without Stockton setting him up? No way.

  3. redbear18 - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    *facepalm* sorry about that, didn’t realize Stockton WAS up there before I ranted, and idk how to delete my comment. Wow, I feel like a retard.

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