Video Games / Aug 19, 2011 / 10:30 am

NBA 2K12 Releases Full Legend Lineup

Michael Jordan

The hype for NBA 2K11 was insane last year. But they might’ve done the impossible this time, and topped it again. Not only will Michael Jordan be back, but so will some of his friends. All of the NBA legends in this game will be meticulously created with era-specific arenas, uniforms, accurate broadcast presentation (which means the old games will look, well, old) and signature shots.

The “NBA’s Greatest” legends include:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (’86-’87 Lakers vs. Celtics)
Larry Bird (’85-’86 Celtics vs Hawks)
Wilt Chamberlain (’71-’72 Lakers vs Knicks)
Julius Erving (’84-’85 76ers vs Bucks)
Patrick Ewing (’94-’95 Knicks vs Magic)
Magic Johnson (’90-’91 Lakers vs Blazers)
Michael Jordan (’92-’93 Bulls vs Hornets)
Karl Malone (’97-’98 Jazz vs Spurs)
Hakeem Olajuwon (’93-’94 Rockets vs Nuggets)
Scottie Pippen (’95-’96 Bulls vs Sonics)
Oscar Robertson (’70-’71 Bucks vs Lakers)
Bill Russell (’64-’65 Celtics vs Lakers)
John Stockton (’97-’98 Jazz vs. Lakers)
Isiah Thomas (’88-’89 Pistons vs. Bulls)
Jerry West
(’70-’71 Lakers vs Hawks)

With these guys included, it means many more classic teams will be in the game as well. And while 2K11 featured many generic bench players, this year promises to field full, authentic 10-12 man rosters. The teams you will find these legends on include

“Fans across the country were ecstatic to see Jordan, Bird, and Magic on the cover of NBA 2K12, and have speculated for weeks about who would fill out the rest of the ‘NBA’s Greatest’ roster,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports, in a press release. “These 15 legendary athletes will allow sports fanatics to create the NBA’s most storied matchups – and lock in bragging rights for their favorite teams in NBA 2K12.”

As we mentioned in Smack, the 2002 Sacramento Kings will be included in the game as a bonus on launch orders only, as well as the 1991 Golden State Warriors.

2K is pulling out everything for this year’s game, in part because it needs to top last year, but also because of the lockout. Sales predictions aren’t looking good with the current CBA situation. That won’t deter hardcore basketball fans, but within the video game industry, people are bracing for a drop off this year.

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain (photo. 2K Sports)

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    I heard Iverson was in the running.

  • Darius

    they missed Allen Iverson, Allen Iverson, & Allen Iverson…..also Charles Barkley & Reggie Miller

  • http://dimemag.com/2011/08/nba-2k12-releases-full-legend-lineup/4/ Mike Julius

    -Does this mean when u pick Russell the screen will be black & white?
    -If thehey include the 02 kings then the Kobe/Shaq Lakers better be on there
    -Why do most of the legends have generic shoes?

  • s.bucketz

    yea ummmm..pip was nice and everything but u gotta put reggie vs ny or chuck or a lot of other players b4 u put him in especially during a year jordan was ther..

    and i dont get wut these matchups are for them??u can only play against the magic wit patrick chewing??i dont remember them havin a beef back in the day

  • TL

    Damniitt! Where’s the Jason Williams Kings??

  • King

    this also means

    Jerry west vs Big O
    Penny & Shaq
    Young Kobe and Young Shaq
    dikembe, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Laphonso ellis (lol)
    Grandmama, yound Zo & mugsy
    Duncan and David rob spurs

    SAM JONES, Hondo and Tommy(for us Boston heads)

  • Detroit Dave

    Why are Wilt Chamberlains hands tapped up like a boxers?

  • Detroit Dave

    Where are the Ricky Davis 2002 Cavaliers?

  • http://www.zwani.com/graphics/funny_pictures/images/88funny-pictures128.jpg JAY

    Fuckin 2ksports.

    Made me wet myself…. basturds.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tootalented21 Talented

    Got me feelin like NBA Street Vol.2 all over again

  • Speak Up

    Okay so why isn’t Barkley in any of these games?@@@

  • miller126

    Im with TL, no Jwill :(

  • CTP

    Super hyped on Stockton’s 97-98 laker game. Hopefully they include Kobe’s infamous repeated air balls.

  • Rainman

    NEED to get REggie in there, NEED to get Charles in there.

  • Petar_P

    And get rid of this discusting generic shoes, it really kills that back in the day shit!

  • david gamboa

    Iverson is not included? #Wow.

    Better include classic Chuck Taylors for Bill Russell and Wilt!!

  • aze

    why not include FIBA Teams?