Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 1:30 pm  |  41 responses

Video: NBA2K12 Trailer, Featuring 15 NBA Legends

The new NBA2K won’t just have Mike, Larry and Magic on the cover. 12 other NBA legends will also be featured in the video game, per IGN (via EOB): “2K announced [Wednesday] NBA 2K12′s new game mode, NBA’s Greatest, which allows players to control some of the best basketball players the world has ever seen. Fans can relive 15 historic games that showcase some of the sport’s best. 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. 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. Lebron.”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    HAKEEM! He’s in the background of that Jordan FT Line Dunk, hopefully they found a way to get Barkley to sell the rights to his image.

  • Double J

    bahahah kobe vs kareem? c’mon really that tagline should say kobe v jordan

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    This looks great.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Players that should be featured as 15 LEGENDS
    Larry Bird
    Magic Johnson
    Isiah Thomas
    Dr. J
    Jerry West
    Bill Russell
    Wilt Chamberlain
    Kobe Bryant
    Oscar Robertson
    Charles Barkley
    David Robinson
    Reggie Miller

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Good, I’ve had it with 2k11 already. I’ve had it with Jordans that don’t even look like Js, had it with the unrealistic shotblocking, had it with never being able to beat the Heat and most of all, I’ve had it with these motherf*cking snakes on this motherf*cking plane.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jerry West would presumably come with Elgin Baylor. Unless your taking the championship team with a 38 year old Wilt.

  • JD

    cant wait for this game it might even top 2k11

  • LA Huey

    co-sign nbk! Been wanting to get my virtual Dream Shake on for years. Gimme a Penny, and I’ll break down and cop this.

  • AMPduppp

    Hmmmm… I’m likin it so far but fix the horrible computer controlled teammates… I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried running a fast break and my teammates stop at the 3 pt arc cuz they wanna run a play instead!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Im probably a little late but what the hell, CANT WAIT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’d love to play as a virtual Sir Charles.

  • LA Huey

    AMPduppp, sounds like a 7SOL fastbreak.

  • Fat Lever

    Looks like this will be the only NBA action that will be happening this upcoming fall/winter/spring. Probably a good thing.

  • Bill Sunday

    I am gonna master Kareem’s skyhook…. Who want what?!? This game is going to be off the chain.


    2k has been the best franchise running since about 2003.

  • apache

    i would love for them to have 1970 or 73 knicks, reggie miller and the pacers, charles and the suns, hakeem the dream, shaq and the magic all while continueing to keep the classic teams from 2k11 (90′s sonics, knicks, pistons and jazz) and they should have a dream team 92′ challenge where they play all the different countries they did

  • Big M.D.W

    i gotta get this

  • apache

    they should also have in it reggie and the pacers, 73 knicks, charles and the suns, hakeem, bill and wilt, shaq and the magic all while continuing to have the classic teams from 2k11 (sonics, jazz, knicks, hawks, etc) and they should have a dream team challenge where they go through the olympics and play the teams they played. then it would be an absolute perfect game but theyd have no where to go from there

  • Yesse

    No old Shaq?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Your opinion MubWar, Always prefered Live myself. Just depends on which one does the things you prefer your NBA video game to do.

  • EJ

    I’ve also had it with getting dragged in the air so that Kwame Brown could block your dunk with his head above the rim.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Man, I dumped Live back in 2003. Every year it got worse and worse.
    Too unrealistic.
    If the other team went on a fast break I used to just put my controller down and wait for the inevitable dunk on the other end.
    There was no catching up to them once they were on a fast break, regardless of whether it was Yao or Earl Boykins leading the break.
    As if Eddy Curry could really outrun LeBron James for a clear, breakaway jam!
    2K is just so much more realistic.
    The players look better, move better and play more like their real-life counterparts.
    It’s not without its faults, but so much better than Live.
    I tried to be loyal, I LOVED every Live from 95 to 2000. I went through like three copies of NBA Live 2000 with Duncan on the cover for my Nintendo 64.
    But every year after that the game got stupider and stupider (and yes, I know “stupider” isn’t a word, but I like it so do like Onyx said and bacdafucup)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The one thing I always loved about Live was the dribble control. I loved when they allowed you to do the crossovers with the right analog stick.
    But, then 2K debuted the “shot stick” which is just as awesome. I wish you could combine them both.

  • http://Nba.com GP23

    It would be awesome if they made the ‘kobe challenge.’
    Score 81
    Score 62 in 3 qtrs
    Score 50+ in 4 straight games
    And so on …..

  • doyouwantmore

    As long as they include Vlade Divac and Arvidas Sabonis, I’m good.

  • Showtime

    IN that list if you replace Kobe with Drexler , you might be on the money @ seed

  • Kilo

    How has Bron never gotten a cover?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Enig, Live did suck for a number of years and i’m not a faithful every year coinin’ a new copy, but I couple of years I would test out both and prefered Live. 2k i’m sure had some better years cause Live sucked a couple years, but I think it was ’10 when D12 was on the cover. Loved that version. Favorite realistic sports video game for me.

  • M_Chio

    This NBA 2K12 video is probably fake but awesome http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynibkx-aX5o

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’ll have to take your word for it, Lake.
    Also, I miss College Hoops 2K :(

  • Galagu

    they gotta fix the man defense nobody can really guard any1 1 on 1 in 2k11 without hellp d. and make it so we can simulate games in myplayer!!

  • LD

    Ya even though he is still in the league you gotta put Kobe’s 81 in this my list:Jordan,Magic,Larry,Kareem,Dr.J,Bill Russell,Wilt Chamberlain,Kobe,Shaq,Hakeem,Isiah,Barkley,Reggie,Wilkens I want to but J.West or Oscar robertson in there but Big O could be with Kareem and J.West could be in the game against Willis

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’m a converted NBALIVE guy myself… I didn’t get EVERY years edition I pretty much had 95-98 and then would only get every 2nd version because I would update the rosters and create EVERY NEW player myself BY HAND (yes I was that guy) so the rosters stayed up to date. I’ve since switched to NBA2k11 full time (2k10 was the start of that for me…. LIVE had dropped the ball heavily in from 2006 onwards…. (I remember at one stage through career mode; about 4 years in, Steve Nash was pulling off fast break dunks that would of made Steve Francis envious…?!?!) The realistic nature of a players progression was a big miss for me.
    Thats what I’m looking for in 2k12 (xbox). Progressive consistency. I love ALOT of things about 2k11 and I only really play ASSOCIATION MODE whilst dabbling in My Player mode… Have not even touched the Jordan Challenges… not enough time?!?!

  • http://ggfhh.com Jukai

    I say…. jordan, magic, bird, wilt, Kareem, Russell, west, oscar, Thomas, Stockton & malone Dr j….gets iffy here.. hakeem, barkley Baylor Shaq? Don’t know…

  • http://ggfhh.com Jukai

    Also, I gotta say another big reason 2k12 is so great is the music. It is always spot on

  • Randy Brown

    ‘Unlocking’ doesn’t mean that you can play a season with a classic team though. Until they have that I won’t be fully happy

  • Riggs

    Sounds like some of you guys need more practice on 2K11. To run fastbreaks correctly you have to move the right thumbstick when making a pass towards the rim, so they dont stop at the 3 pt line. Also you can play man defense, but just like in real life you have to have a team thats good at defense. Play with the celtics and on the coach options (which is the screen that pops up during the game) move the help defense bar to the left and on ball defense to the right. The only thing i want 2k12 to be 100x better at is their online component, that was the only thing Live was better at 2K on.

  • Riggs

    Correction: left thumbstick towards the rim when you pass.

  • doziermane

    I hope that the internet runs smoother without da .5 second delay when u press a button.Needs more dribble moves also nba 2k10 movement was better than 2k11

  • Matul Nine

    If you have the PC version of NBA2k11 and were interested in modding, you’d know that every single one of these players (with the possible exception of K.A.J., i got him via a mod) was already in the game disc (and in the console versions’ disc as well), they were just hidden and unusable by default, unless you edit their game files.

    and @LA Huey: you can already do the virtual Dream Shake in nba 2k11, just got to step your game up:
    (and that’s Hakeem doing it too)

  • rosado3p

    whats the difference between 2k12 and 2k11? aside from the cover, i mean. is it really worth 60 bucks to play as jordan or larry bird? that feature is already available in 2k11. please explain!!!