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Michael Jordan to grace cover of 'NBA 2K11'

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« on: July 08, 2010, 03:11:43 pm »



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For the cover of its pro basketball franchise, publisher 2K Sports has turned to "His Airness."

The publisher has confirmed Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan will appear on the cover of NBA 2K11 when it releases on October 5.

"It's an honor to be featured on the cover of NBA 2K11," Jordan said in a statement. "I have no doubt that NBA 2K11 will be a big hit with gamers and basketball fans alike. I'm looking forward to getting back out onto the court, virtually. Let's hope they get my dunk from the foul line right."

Jordan's appearance in any sports title is a rare occurrence. NBA licensing deals did not include rights to use the Bulls icon's likeness, so many NBA simulations during his playing career often featured a generic player in his place. Among some of the games Jordan appeared in: NES title Jordan vs. Bird: One on One and SNES game Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City.

Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports, says developers have discussed adding Jordan to the game for years, but it wasn't until 2K11 that a partnership came together.

"We're very confident that this year ... will not only be the best basketball game we've ever put out, but the best basketball game that's ever been put out," Argent said in an interview. "When you start thinking about people that can accurately represent that in the game of basketball, the list is short. And, frankly, the greatest basketball player of all time seemed to be the greatest fit."

Argent did not go into detail on how Jordan will be used in NBA 2K11, which usually reflects the upcoming NBA season. However, he did say Jordan will play an "integral part" in the game's variety of options, and offered input into the development of his virtual persona.

Readers, what do you think of Jordan on the cover?

By Brett Molina

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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010, 04:02:52 pm »

The 98 team could have kept it together for one more year, but, as I recall from the papers at that time:  Jackson didn't get along with Krause and was the first to announce he was leaving. No one ever mentions that! Reinsdorf leaned towards Krause (remarkably), but he did offer Phil a one year deal and Phil turned it down. I still remember Phil riding away on his motorcycle away from the United Center. Krause announced that he was going to hire Tim Floyd (we all know how that went), and Jordan, who didn't want to place himself in the hands of a rookie coach decided to retire. From then on, Krause, who built the current team around Jordan, decided it didn't make sense to keep them all together and traded everyone away - Pippen, Luc Longley, Steve Kerr. Rodman, I think, was just let go and the only one they kept was Krause favorite Tony Kukoc. They won 13 games that strike-shortened year, which would have been an easy win had the team been kept together.
The next year, they got a decent new building block in Elton Brand, then decided he wasn't good enough and traded him away to get the rights to draft Tyson Chandler, who they thought had a better "up side."  We all know what happened then as the Bulls tried to pin their hopes on two high schoolers:  Chandler and perpetual underachiever Eddie Curry.
Now, all this happened under Krause, who ended up turning into a pretty petty GM (remember:  "players don't win championships, organizations win championships"), so let's give credit where credit is due.
It wasn't until John Paxson took over that the Bulls even began getting to the playoffs again, five of the last six years, and it is really appalling how people malign him on the Chicago newspaper sites. If the championship years taught us anything, it's this:  in the NBA, where individual talent and drive play a much bigger role than in any other sport, you have to have at least two of the best superstars in the league in order to win a title.

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