November 03, 2011
Apart from its reasonable facsimile of professional basketball, one of the most exciting parts of the "NBA 2K12" video game is its legends challenge feature in which gamers can play as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and 12 other Hall of Famers. Plus, as you unlock those legends, they can play with and against current players, too.
2K Sports wasn't content to limit their list of legends, though, so they've now added 45 more. You can find the full list after the jump (via EOB), complete with Hall of Fame shoo-ins, fan favorites, and one peculiar inclusion.
|George Mikan (1951 Lakers)||David Thompson (1978 Nuggets)||Derek Harper (1990 Mavericks)|
|Bob Cousy (1957 Celtics)||Jamaal Wilkes (1981 Lakers)||Tom Chambers (1990 Suns)|
|Bob Pettit (1959 Hawks)||Jack Sikma (1982 Sonics)||Kevin Johnson (1990 Suns)|
|Nate Thurmond (1967 Warriors)||Alex English (1983 Nuggets)||Reggie Lewis (1993 Celtics)|
|Lenny Wilkens (1968 Hawks)||Adrian Dantley (1984 Jazz)||Dan Majerle (1993 Suns)|
|Dave Bing (1968 Pistons)||Bernard King (1984 Knicks)||Kenny Anderson (1994 Nets)|
|Wes Unseld (1969 Bullets)||Rolando Blackman (1984 Mavericks)||Cedric Ceballos (1994 Suns)|
|Connie Hawkins (1970 Suns)||Kiki Vandeweghe (1984 Nuggets)||Dee Brown(notes) (1995 Celtics)|
|Dave Cowens (1973 Celtics)||Mark Eaton (1985 Jazz)||Gheorge Muresan (1996 Bullets)|
|Tiny Archibald (1973 Kings)||Sleepy Floyd (1987 Warriors)||Glen Rice (1997 Hornets)|
|Spencer Haywood (1973 Sonics)||Fat Lever (1988 Nuggets)||Shawn Bradley (1997 Mavericks)|
|Bob McAdoo (1975 Braves)||Mark Jackson (1989 Knicks)||Steve Smith (1998 Hawks)|
|Elvin Hayes (1975 Bullets)||Kenny Walker (1989 Knicks)||Jalen Rose (2001 Pacers)|
|Rick Barry (1975 Warriors)||Dale Ellis (1989 Sonics)||Jamal Mashburn (2003 Hornets)|
|Bob Lanier (1977 Pistons)||Artis Gilmore (1978 Bulls)||Yao Ming(notes)|
Well, that list is certainly very complete. From all-time legends like Mikan and Pettit to more recent favorites like King and Anderson, this game has something for everyone. If anything, there might even be too many legends, unless I'm unfamiliar with a large group of fans who need their Rolando Blackman fix. Personally, I'm most excited for Connie Hawkins, especially if they rate him based on his peak playground years and not his older NBA seasons.
Then there's Shawn Bradley, who very clearly is only in this game to be dunked on. Without any challenge feature in which you have to block 10 shots or more, Bradley must be there to be posterized at will. Finally, some of the most exciting players in league history can embarrass Bradley. David Thompson's never had so much fun. (Well, OK, that's not true.)
One more note: You may think that Gheorghe Muresan is on this list for reasons similar to those tied to Bradley. You could not be more wrong. Muresan is a once-in-a-generation comedic talent.
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