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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 12:24 pm  |  53 responses

Sources: Michael Jordan on NBA 2K11 Cover

NBA 2K11 may also have plans to feature MJ as a playable character in the game as well. Via ESPN: “While rumors pegged LeBron James, Derrick Rose and even Tyreke Evans as favorites to appear on the cover of ‘NBA 2K11,’ multiple sources have told ESPN that the company has gone in a completely different direction, signing basketball legend Michael Jordan as its new spokesman. This will be the first time that a former player will appear on the front of the box for 2K, and with Jordan taking over majority ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats, it will also be the first time that a team owner will endorse the popular franchise.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t bought a basketball game in about 6 years……let me get this sh*t NOW!!!!!!!

  • http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/nursetpd/TSB/Danny_Ainge_Shamwow.gif ENDS

    even more mike news

  • http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/nursetpd/TSB/Danny_Ainge_Shamwow.gif ENDS

    I herd he’s gonna save a guatamalen rain forrest and slam is gonna be there for the Pics. And everyone will love it no matter what

  • http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/nursetpd/TSB/Danny_Ainge_Shamwow.gif ENDS

    EBOY is that really u?!?!?

  • LA Huey

    In a Bulls jersey?

  • LA Huey

    Also, eff 2K for shipping that bug-riddled 2K10 for which they refuse to make real fixes. 2K series has become about as shallow as Live.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yes it is, ENDS.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    just when i thought ” i quit to buy NBA games ” alala … it’s a must have.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    As much as i hate 2k games, if Mike is in a Bobcat jersey i might have to cop.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Hell yeah! I been a fan of 2K long as they been out! I don’t play online or do that “My Player” stuff so I wasn’t even tripping about all the bugs. MJ hasn’t been a playable character since, like, what? NBA Live 2001? I always get 2k10 anyways but now I’m hella excited.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Can Michael be a max-level free agent in the cyber off-season?

  • Hussman25

    This will be an instant classic! He’ll be on the 90′s all-star team and playable in the game… His ratings have to be from the Bulls Years… Wonder if they’ll make 3 different MJ’s for each decade team, cause he was good in the 80′s, 90′s and still effective in the early 2000′s… (they did it w/ Shaq)

  • 6marjons

    he will be in a jordanbrand jersey dont get it twisted then that jersey will go on sale and sell millions then he’ll change the bobcats name to charlotte jordanheels then coincidentally enough they’re jersey will be the same one as worn on the front of this cover, he will then continue his quest to take over the world and the only clothing people will be allowed to wear is jordan brand apart from in some offshore island near china which will still have yao jerseys

    btw love the idea of him being on the cover

  • mdvinck

    He will be on the cover with a suit on and a smirk on his face :p

  • T-Money

    BET: it’s not perfect but there are no alternatives. (please don’t mention live)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Awesome! Does that mean I can select Michael Jordan and sit on the sidelines and scream at the refs?

  • Robb

    Incredible, the NBA is still suffering from MJ’s absence…

  • nicko

    you can already play with Jordan. All you have to do is download the roster online. unless they do something special, this game won’t be any different from the previous ones.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    This is great news, but even better news would be knowing that 2k11 will ship without bugs and endless waiting for fixes. 2k10 was good, and the Myplayer mode was cool, but it had more bugs than a looney tunes cartoon.

  • The D Train

    Mentioned this in the D-Wade post because I could not contain my over-excitement. Old-man, video gamin’ D will be all over that. And if they sign on some of the older dudes and allow me to buck down John Starks 10-15 times a game, I’ll be all over it even faster.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    You know, NORMALLY I would be pissed at this… but if this is to celebrate the fact that a gaming franchise finally broke Michael down and are able to get his likeness in a game… then I’m all for this.
    Oh also co-sign M Cho.
    Does anyone feel 2K is getting worse with time?

  • Hussman25

    Naw… 2k has, to me, gotten better. I want to see, like in previous Madden games, great teams/championship teams for each franchise… @ LEAST 2 per team… and or old stadiums… Like the Omni in ATL, Boston Garden, Chicago Stadium, The Spectrum, etc…

  • JD

    This is gr8,2k10 was one of the best sports games ive seen in a long time, they just need a few tweaks to make the next game 1 2 remenber, always wondered btw, y is Mike nevr in any video games?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    ^He basically didn’t want people making money off of his name.

  • chingy

    Get your sh*t together 2k; 2k10 had way too many bugs (and substitution is wayyyyy to annoying)

  • Fat Lever

    Does this mean that Wayne Ellington is the only player rated higher than MJ in 2K11? Because MJ did get served by the young fella.

  • heartlangG (omaha,NEblastya)

    Live > 2K

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    I never had any problems with 2k10. But I only played online a few times, and never created a player. My only problem was subs. Id have a guy set to get 0 minutes, yet he would get in the game before my sixth man who was set for like 25 mins. And its not like bench warmer was rated higher. Very annoying

  • Shelton

    ^ that was Gerald Henderson not Wayne Ellington.

  • http://Dsdfkjlsa.com Jukai

    No one had a problem with 2k10?
    Despite the fact you can just score at will by crossing over continuously, drawing other players for no reason and passing to the open big man? That up-and-unders work 90% of the time? C’mon…

  • Sam

    that’s so messed up!!!!! 1,000 other people deserve to be on the cover of NBA 2k11…MJ had his time, what’s the pic gonna be??? him wearing a bobcats jersey???? How about they give lebron a chance???? or a rookie??? OR DURANT????

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    2k is fine against your friends but its way to easy even on the hardest difficulty against the computer as long as you have a guard that can dribble and run (fast). IF you don’t know how to fix the substitution issue in the game then maybe you need to go get a regular Nintendo because the complexity of “settings” is non existent on that console lmao

  • James

    I love 2K. I liked when Kobe was on the cover on 2k10 but Jordan is a good replacement!

  • kenNY

    i only like Live, or Elite as it will be called….am I weird?

  • Fat Lever

    Yea, realized it was Gerald not Wayne after I logged off my laptop.

  • deafshooter

    @sam

    They can’t put Lebron on the cover because they don’t know what jersey he will be wearing next year and he has to win a title before truly being one of the best all-time.

  • Roy

    oh baby i cant wait for to play with MJ!

    although they probably should have put a current player on the front, but i guess this is a good idea to mix it up

    2k for life
    Pennies!

  • Spetsnaz

    Now they have to sign Marv Albert!

  • PrettyBoyPeeWee

    I Luv It 2K Fan 4′ever I Dont Play No Other Basketball Game

  • al

    dennis rodman has the special edition cover in #91 and a dress too..

  • chintao

    I ain’t buyin’ that bullsh!t. eff 2K (unless they can start a “cover jinx” right NOW!)

  • 2k sports fan

    YEEESSS!!! MJ!

    Just for having him on the cover, ‘the other game’ will get blown out of the water.

  • http://www.hypebball.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Okay this sounds pretty awsome. I may need to leave NBA Live and go over to 2K :)

  • Coney Islander

    NBA Live is now officially dead, good RIDDANCE! This is just karma for that NFL exclusivity B*tch move with Madden!

  • Yesse

    I hope this isnt a lie.

  • fahrenheit

    the 2k series will need some huge improvements from last years edition for me to buy it. mj as a playable character is nice, but only a fanboy would consider it enough to shell out for another edition.
    if they include 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s allstar teams i’d consider it though.

  • http://aol.com Martin Fenn

    IT’S F***ING OFFICIAL!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/royaltyoftommorow Tommy

    MJ on the cover, cool. 2k11 will be good, just like 2k10 was. I played online and the only problem was the cross over bug, but it was easy to get around that. Anyone complaining about anything else on 2k10 more than likely sucked at it anyway. Quit b**ching and step your game up. 2K

  • OLDSCHOOLBALLER

    Man….this is the greatest sports gaming news Ive heard in a while..ARE U KIDDING? MJ controlled by ME? ALL HIS MOVES? WOW!!!

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    @OLDSCHOOLBALLER-Pick up any old NBA game for PS1 and play it on PS2. Or NBA Street Vol. 2.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com/ ClutchPerformer

    I can’t believe this OMG I’m buying this day one good riddance to 2K10 i didnt want it cuz Kobe was on the cover but i needed a ball game and I wasnt getting Live ugh. Co-Sign the idea to have 3 generations of Mike 80s,90s,2000s, like in NBA Street 2. I’m so gonna abuse mike

  • ALL TIME GREAT

    According to Q scores, Michael Jordan is STILL the most popular athlete in the world and so ESPN wants to capitalize on it. They don’t call him MONEY for nothing. Kobe is the 5th most hated and now because of Decision Lebron is the 6th most hated. Neither of today’s superstars are worthy to even tie MJ’s Nike Air Jordans. When one of these superstars can average well over 30 per game year after year or win 72 games or become Defensive Player of the Year or become Steals and Scoring champ in the same year 3 times maybe, just maybe, they might able to touch those scorched laces!!!

  • ALL TIME GREAT

    or score over 3000 points in a year
    or average well over 50fg% for several years while being the scoring champ
    or drop 64 on Shaq
    or drop 63 on Bird and the Celtics
    or deny a championship to Barkley, Ewing, Malone, Hakeem, Stockton, Shaq, Robinson, and Dominique
    win 2 Slam Dunk Championships
    win 2 Olympic Gold Medals
    win 6 Finals MVPs
    win 5 MVPs
    or have the highest career PER of any player

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