Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 12:02 pm  |  88 responses

Jordan, Magic, Bird Cover NBA 2K12

Due to the success 2K Sports gained last year with Jordan on its cover, His Greatness is back on 2K12, along with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. More classic teams, challenges and games have been high on people’s wish list, and it looks like NBA 2K12 will deliver. Sick covers once again from 2K Sports!

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  • 6marjons

    best covers ever

  • Will

    The video games won’t be on lockout mode?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Called it months ago.

  • Teezy

    I’m not a fan of back-to-back old school covers. MJ was nice last year, but don’t like the trend. Plenty of players today that deserve their shine.

  • marc


  • Sarah

    Very cool

  • Will Lee

    what shoe was Magic wearing?

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

    CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    What more Jordan challenges could there be? I think the Magic and Bird challenges should be interesting however.

  • LA Huey

    Can they please find a way to include Hakeem, Barkley, and Penny this time?

  • http://Nba.com GP23

    How about the ‘Kobe challenge.’ They could include the following:
    Score 81 points
    Score 62 in 3 quarters v the mavs
    Score 12 threes in one game
    Score 61 at the garden
    Score 50+ in 4 straight games

  • AD

    cosign teezy…. deze old dudes including Jordan got their shine… give KD the cover but w.e. i just know they better improve the onball defense an online lg system…..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Cosign Teezy.
    How about another Iverson cover next year?

  • Riggs

    They need to improve online modes by 1000x. Love the covers, reminds me of some of my NBA wallpapers i used to make. 2Ksports are smart as hell, since this will be an off-year for EA, just improve on the previous game and add more modes to what it had. Then when EA comes back, turn the series on its head again and make another great change.

  • JL

    that’s cuz these guys have more history behind them. durant hasn’t gone past the 2nd round? Lebron hasn’t won a ring yet. Kobe… his legacy is set but not yet retired. Each year delivering the same game with current players got old and I think they realized that and came up with this great idea. Probably milk it at least for 1 more year and then come up with something new (like a redesigned game engine? it’s about time digitized players can move naturally. Soccer games look pretty real. Basketball still looks like robotic and on skates sometimes.

  • LA Huey

    ^You must not have seen the WCF this year. Durant was there.

  • Overtime

    Personally im hoping they change the background to green and gold for Larry and Magic respectively

  • tavoris

    the Bird cover is dope

  • Sizzle

    I wonder if EA will try and release that trash that was cancelled last year. Dudes should give up and focus on Madden. Especially for those talking same game every year but with different rosters.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I thought the cover was going to be David Stern =P

  • Anthony

    Nobody wants to see a zombie sonics cover!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I just got in trouble at work for staring at that MJ cover for like 5 minutes, lol.
    On another note, why would 2K have Durant on the cover when he was the cover boy for Live, “Elite” or whatever the hell EA’s calling it this week?
    It would’ve been nice to see Rose on the cover, but then people would’ve cried fowl over two Bulls in a row, or that Rose got the “cover” for the Draft Combine game.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    The greatest cover in the History of video games…

  • kbj

    i cant wait to whip ass in that game, see yall online

  • jarrett

    add players length and wingspan to 2012.
    add a better range of sneakers to 2012
    add a feature that allows you to change your teams color for wristbands, headbands etc. – for example some games the knicks wear all orange accessories to home games
    Add Bird and Magic to 2012 then you have the best sports video game ever.

  • LP

    How bout a cover with CURRENT players..??? So they can increase their marketability…

  • BG23

    They should make a Kobe vs Lebron cover. That would be crazy!!! 8-)

  • BG23

    They should make a Kobe vs Lebron cover. That would be crazy!!!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign Will….. I made the transition last fall from NBA Live to 2k (after like 12 years of buying Live every year). At first I didn’t like it so much, but I’ve adjusted and currently playing my 2nd season.. I would like to see more 90′s players in the 2k12 ( Reggie, Richmond, Barkley,Webber, etc., etc.)

  • JD

    thats sick cant wait!

  • logues

    dope! only problem is i want all three covers but they cost $60, which is dumb. cant wait to see what challenges they got for larry and magic tho

  • razorramon

    they better have shaq in this game

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I hope they vastly improve the Association mode. I would love to see actual press conferences, suspensions,analysts comments, and each season differing based on what team you pick.

  • robb

    @GP23 how about a Lebron Challenge?

    -Try to win a Championship
    -Try to perform during the 4th quarter

    If you don’t succeed, you win!

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Why Mike again? He’s more of a third wheel in Bird vs Magic.

  • dma

    i must be the only one that thinks the lights on the covers look stupid.

  • Sizzle

    I remember Bird, Magic and Especially MJ were absolute beats in NBA Street 2 for PS2. Only non-simulation game I’ve liked since the original NBA Jam…

  • Sizzle



    Don’t know what shredding a players uni on a cover means. Haha! But covers r SICK! Especially the MJ cover

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I want NBA Live. Ya I said it…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Really dope covers tho. Really should just be Bird and Magic though. It makes sense to have Mj as the 1st one and then your pick of Bird or other MJ for this time around but whatev.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I read the Magic and Bird covers are only going to be limited edition.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I seriously cannot choose between Bird and Magic. As actual players that is. Magic was a better passer but he’s a better passer than 95% of bball players EVER. Bird is better tha 90%. They both could play the point. Both played on the perimeter(with Bird being the better shooter, by far)both could rebound with anyone on the court. Anyone have input? Sway me! lol

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

    I feel you la huey, I was pissed barkley was not on the game.

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

    I hope the challenges wont be exclusive to the player on the covers because if so, then I guess i’ll just be playing the Jordan challenges again.

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

    I can’t really make a “whose the better player?” distinction between Larry Legend and Magic. Co-sign both LA Huey and Slick Ric. Sir Charles is one of my all-time favorite players of all-time.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    you guys know u can download a roster from 2K share with all the legends with the teams they played for
    Example: philly has AI, Doctor J, Barkley,…

  • Jose

    “I never would have called up Larry and Magic and come together like that” was that the quote. . .that just came to mind seeing the title . .lol

  • sean b

    @lakeshow: Magic. 5 titles v 3 titles, 3 finals mvps v 2, both had 3 regular season mvps. And magics the best passer of all time, not better than 95%. Plus Magic gets bonus points for being the bigger playboy. How can you not pick magic if your name is lakeshow!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Magic avg. 20ppg over his career. Bird avg. 24. Magic 7 RPG. Bird 10RPG. Magic 11apg. Bird 6apg. Both grabbed nearly 2 steal a game. Both probably equal defenders? Magic shot a better percentage at 52%. Bird was nearly 50%. Bird a vastly better shooter. Magic a much better passer… Hmmm.

  • Riggs

    “How bout a cover with CURRENT players..??? So they can increase their marketability… ” last years cover with michael jordan was their most profitable and fastest selling title to date.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    ^I think he meant so the players could increase their marketability.

    I think it’s cool…this is probably the last year they’ll do it completely old school. I’m guessing next year they’ll have a Jordan cover and one or two current player covers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    These particular covers look fake though.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    You can’t have a kobe challenge similar to MJ’s because how many iconic games has kobe had in the playoffs comparable to MJ, Bird, and Magic? Dude has like one 50 pt gm in 208 career playoff games. No one in the NBA today apart from TD has legendary, alltime individual playoff games/series comparable to past greats.

  • stayweird38

    Ew I hate Larry bird I have no respect for him at all. Magic is whatever to me too I’m not a lakers fan and never really cared about magic. Looks like I’m getting another GOAT Jordan cover!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    What’s crazy about Magic, Bird and Jordan is that all three of them could’ve played more or longer than they did. Magic’s career was cut short due to HIV (though he came back to play in like 30 games in 95-96), Bird due to back injuries and Jordan was retired from 93 to 95 and again from 98 to 2001.
    Imagine if those cats had played out their whole careers without interruptions? DAMN.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    It’s odd just because it’s 2 years in a row with MJ. The Bird and Magic ones were a great touch. But anyone who doesn’t understand that having MJ’s mug on your product means “best seller” probably just hasn’t been paying attention. Slam did it too, a few years back with “exclusive” MJ interviews… Being called GOAT isn’t a passing phase, he’ll raise profit margins for quite some time. That’s why he’s filthy stinking rich, so much so that he can donate 30 mil salaries. He makes bank off of ads because products fly off the shelves if he pushes them. Who here wouldn’t buy MJ deodorant? MJ brand kool-aid? Yeah, Durant beasted. So did Rose (round 2), so did a bunch of players. But an MJ cover still sells more. Hell, MJ kicks STILL sell more. And Dirk is nowhere to be found…

  • stayweird38

    Larry weak ass bird is the first white guy on a cover haha

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

    @Enigmatic I think MJ would probably have the all-time scoring record if he didn’t retire from 93-95

  • http://basketballjunction.blogspot.com/ Joseph V

    I agree it should’ve been a current player. What about my boy D-Rose, the youngest MVP ever? Or duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook doing that back bumping thing would be cool. Or if people can get over LeBron, he’s never been on a game cover. So many choices. Let’s hope Michael Jordan doesn’t hog all of the 2k covers for the forseeable future.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    After all of your thought provoking insight on the Bird/Magic debate, I have decided… That neither is “better” then the other. They both bring multiple talents to the court. I want Magic running the show, and I want Larry scoring my buckets. One of the best debates in basketball though.

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

    I don’t think it should be a current player. Why not have one of the greatest players to ever grace the NBA in the NBA’s golden age be on the cover, we don’t need current guys on the cover, we already know who they are. Putting legends on the cover and in the video help little kids that don’t know alot about the NBA’s past, gives them a little insight.

  • brandon

    they should have one where jordan is sitting with the bobcats :D

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I’m going to disagree with BPhantom on this one. MJ would have come close to KAJ record but he probably would have fallen 1,500 pts short just like Malone did. Let’s say he didn’t retire, played the entire 94 and 95 seasons and avg. 30ppg. That would give him about 2,400 pts each season, equaling 4,800 total points then add that to his current career total of 32,000+ pts, that would give him about 37,000 career points. That’s still 1,000+ points short of the record. Now if the Bulls GM decided to resign PJax and MJ decided to come back after ’98, no doubt in my mind he would have broken the record.

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

    I get where you’re coming from, JTaylor.

  • BillyQ

    Stayweird you my friend are a idiot.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    cosign 1982.. I’d buy MJ deodorant for sure!

  • Brick squad

    2K series is da best ever

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I get the craze, but I was sort of hoping for an all-encompassing legends game. Bring in teams and players from the 60s, 70s, 80s… all crazy challenges and stuff. Not just MJ mode, a Bird mode, a Magic mode, but Chamberlain and Kareem and Kobe and Russell and other sweet stuff.
    I mean, would anyone here NOT want to drop 100 with Chamberlain against a bunch of 5’9 white stiffs?

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

    I most definitely would, Jukai. I would also love to snag 55 boards with Wilt as well.

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  • Zoom

    Sick ! This cover of MJ is better than 2K11 ! Waaaay better excited to get it

  • Alexxxx

    i just hope they fix the nasty ass generic hairstyles they have. Oh and face accessories would be nice.

  • Isiah

    @JTaylor21 You obsessed with Kobe I see I don’t think he care what a broke ass blogger on slamonline is typing

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

    I’m very in the same boat as a lot of guys on here – mad NBALive fan all the way from 95 to 2008. Switched it up with 2k10 and haven’t looked back since.
    I wouldn’t mind reverting to NBAlive if/when they release something for the current season but I really, really hope it’s up to scratch. The 2k series for the past 2 editions have blown everything out of the water as far as my expectations go; playability, enjoyment, graphics, A.I, continuity etc….
    Loving it.
    I currently have an ASSOCIATION mode with the Suns going – it’s their 3rd year under my management and they have a different roster. I love the created rookie/sim feature.

  • Morgan

    The 2k series originally had AI on the cover for years so repeating Jordan makes sense. Having Kobe challenges has been done before in games (they were achievements/trophies). 2K has definitely been the best thing around for a while now but the online community is by far the worst I’ve ever come across – and I’ve been a hardcore gamer since the late 90s.

  • Yesse

    I guess this make sense, since the league is on lockout.

  • http://slamonline.com Bacon

    I’ve played 2k since chris paul was on the cover live was never realistic to me ! to me tho they should forget the mj cover even tho it would sell & put bird and larry on the cover together & have their battles starting with the national championship game

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Yeah, Let’s have Bird AND Larry on the cover. :)
    U mean Magic?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Love MJ, love Bird, love Magic, but this should’ve been Rose or LBJ. We’re finally at a time where the league is filled with great players, players who are about to create their own legacy. Last year was cool and all, but this is super lame. Seriously. I love watching old school videos as much as the next guy but can we please move on. You don’t see Madden putting Jim Brown on Madden 12. You don’t see Ken Griffey Jr. on MLB 11 the show. Totally agree with some of the comments that the new guys should get their shine.

  • jonksta

    i have been playing 2k11 all day everyday, i need something new for association because after a couple years in association i get bored and make another team, i probably made about 60 different teams, i started to love association in 2k10 though when everything got sexier than jordans crossovers.
    wish it was just magic and larry though :/

  • jonksta

    and need a celtic background for bird and a laker background for magic, doesnt do them justice with red.

  • kelsey

    Will u idiots stop all they did was show 3 covers and already here u go complaining about this and that and the 1 idiot talkin about what shoes magic is werein who cares and for the idiot talking he is tired of the legend cover trend um…. Well Jordan was the only legend on a cover and as I recall was just only a year ago hoe many other legends u seen in the 2000′s….. Yeah none dummy dummies can’t wait to see what 2k has to offer now the same thing happened to e because they have NFL rights to videogames now that ea isn’t producing a NBA game yal starting a trend on hating 2k before a game even com out becuz of who’s on the cover u guys r just dum all that dislikes put yo money together and build a gaming studio and let’s see yal do better…. I’m waiting.

  • kelsey

    And to the idiot that said the covers look fake….. Dug its a cover its suppose to real? Give me break u guys r pointing out sum idiotic things now let’s see if they put like lending or wade or rose u guys will b sayin oh where is mj I remember last year after 2k11 was released people was sayin they wanted other classic players now 2k does it and here cums the crying I never seen so many dummies judge how good a game is gonna be I mean let’s say they had durant or all 3 heat players but the game was just total crap would u b caring who is on the cover then no u will b to bizzy sayn how could 2k produce such garbage I’m done u guys r just too narrow minded for me.

  • kelsey

    I know I have typos but oh well

  • http://meu Marcelo

    A minha idéia e que o jogador poderia escolher a temporada que quizesse jogar ex. 1995, 1988 com os jogadores da época e assim iria entrando os novatos conforme foi acontecendo na vida real. A 2k agradaria todos os fãs de todas as épocas. Abraco.

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