NBA 2K11, by 2K sports, is the best basketball video game to date. It brought us Michael Jordan, yeas, but even without MJ the game play is amazing, graphics are beautiful. Closest thing to an actual game so far.
Not only that, NBA 2K11 utilized classic teams in a different way. EA Sport’s now defunct NBA Live series had old school players, but, never teams. NBA 2K11 used classic teams, like the 1995 Chicago Bulls, the 1991 Los Angeles Lakers, as part of the game.
The player had to mimic 10 challenges, 10 great moments in Jordan’s career, like the 63 points he dropped against the Boston Celtics. We also could use those teams in exhibition games, pitching them against today’s NBA, even in a season.
But, the concept of the game limited the teams developers could choose from. Without the Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K12, they can expand their idea, giving us some classic teams like:
1973 New York Knicks: This is the last time the Knicks won the Championship. It’s also a chance to play with Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Willis Reed and the Zen Master, Phil Jackson.
C’mon, you can’t tell me you don’t wanna play with a lanky armed Jackson.
1980 San Antonio Spurs: You’re telling me you don’t wanna drop finger rolls with George “Iceman” Gervin?
1985 Philadelphia 76ers: Another fun team to play with. Legends like Dr. J and Moses Malone, plus a young Charles Barkley. Also, and excuse to post this video:
1985 Los Angeles Lakers: Showtime! Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, “Big Game” James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I know we had The 1991 Lakers team in NBA 2K11, but it would be an oportunity to have Kareem and his beautiful skyhook in the game.
1990s Golden State Warriors: Run TMC: Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. UTEP two steeping people along the way, hitting 3 pointers with Mullin and the
second best SG during the Michael Jordan era?
1993 Phoenix Suns: If the 85 Sixers had the freight train Barkley, the 93 Suns had the best Barkley. Chuck had his best season. Despite back problems, he gave Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls everything he had.
A great team neeeds a great point guard, Kevin Johnson was the one. The suns also had Cedric Ceballos, “Thunder” Dan Majerle. This team even had the only decent season Oliver Miller had.
1995 Mavs: The Three Js. Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson. Kidd ran the floor while the two young wing players took over the scoring load. This was one of the best teams to play with in the 1995 NBA Live, the game that changed basketball video games forever.
1995 Orlando Magic: Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway. Need I say more? Just the opportunity to play with a young Shaq and a healthy Penny is a great one. Joining them are Horace Grant, “3D” Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson.
If Nick Anderson had hi one of those 4 free throws at the end of Game 1 of the 95 Finals, this young team might have won the Larry O’Brien Trophy. They ended up getting swept by the next team on this list, still a pretty fun roster to play around with.
1995 Houston Rockets: Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon. Clyde “The Glide” Drexler. Robert Horry. Mario Ellis. Vernon “Mad Max” Maxwell. Sam Cassell. The Rockets won its second title in 95. Olajuwon had one of his best seasons.
1998 Indiana Pacers: The Pacers came closer to eliminating the Bulls than other team during Jordan’s reign over the League.
We’d be able to kick some behind with the Davis Brothers (Antonio and Dale, no relation), hit threes with Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin and roam the paint with the dutch boy in the paint, Rik Smits.
1999 San Antonio Spurs The NBA had its season season shortened by the first lockout and with Michael Jordan retired, nobody new what the future held for the league. Times where darker than even today, with the second lockout putting a big asterisk in the end of a legendary season.
With all that going on around the League, the Spurs showed up with a really good team. Tim Duncan and David Robinson were the Twin Towers. Sean Elliot and Mario Ellie took care of the perimeter.
On thhe other side of the coin was the…
Without Patrick Ewing, hurt, Latrell Sprewell, Larry Johnson and Allan Houston lead the Knicks to the Finals.
2001 Philadelphia 76ers: When everyone thought Shaq and the Lakers would sweep through the playoffs, Allen Iverson took over Game 1 of the ‘01 Finals to beat the Lakers. They got swept afterwards, but, they fought through every game. AI was in his prime and Dikembe Mutombo was patrolling the paint.
2001 Los Angeles Lakers: Shaq dominated the League, Kobe Bryant still had some respect for his elders. Would be fun to dominate the season with one of the best 1-2 punches in the history of the NBA.