In addition to the players that fans voted on, EA’s new NBA Jam installment will include legendary stars for most franchises. Some haven’t been in the league long enough to have a true “legend” and will have to settle for the inclusion of their mascot.
The Chicago Bulls’ most legendary player is obvious: Michael Jordan. The problem arising here is that Michael Jordan is the cover athlete for NBA 2K11 so he can’t appear in any games for 2K Sports’ competitors.
Players using the Chicago Bulls will have to be content with Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.
Hey, on the bright side Rodman is also legendary for his cross dressing.
Jordan isn’t the only legend who won’t be in the game. Players still have to be members of the NBA Players Association to appear in NBA Jam Also, EA preferred using players who appeared in the original 1990s arcade classic. That led to some interesting choices including Rony Seikaly and Glen Rice as Miami Heat legends. No, Miami fans, LeBron and Chris Bosh are not Heat legends. Yet.
The intense demand for Jordan’s services has kept him from appearing in a lot of basketball games over the years. He wasn’t in the 1993 version of NBA Jam, either. Maybe Jordan in NBA Jam simply isn’t meant to be.
Jordan has also lent his name to some questionable games including the non-sports platforming action game with a basketball theme titled Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City released in 1994 by EA for the Super Nintendo. It never seems to go well when athletes star in action or fighting games instead of sports games (*cough* Shaq Fu, *cough*).
ESPN has used its gaming industry contacts to get spoilers for the entire Eastern Conference. It will spoil the Western Conference rosters next Tuesday (September 14, 2010).
NBA Jam is a standalone release for the Wii and will be included as a download with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360′s NBA Elite 11 October 5, 2010.