The 15 Legends for 2K12 Revealed!
First thing’s first, the 15 legends are (drum roll please):
Michael Jordan: 92-93 Bulls vs Hornets
Magic Johnson: 90-91 Lakers vs Blazers
Larry Bird: 85-86 Celtics vs Hawks
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 86-87 Lakers vs Celtics
Julius “Dr. J” Erving: 84-85 76ers vs Bucks
Wilt Chamberlain: 71-72 Lakers vs Knicks
Oscar Robertson: 70-71 Bucks vs Lakers
Bill Russell: 64-65 Celtics vs Lakers
Jerry West: 70-71 Lakers vs Hawks
John Stockton: 97-98 Jazz vs Lakers
Isiah Thomas: 88-89 Pistons vs Bulls
Karl Malone: 97-98 Jazz vs Spurs
Scottie Pippen: 95-96 Bulls vs Sonics
Hakeem Olajuwon: 93-94 Rockets vs Nuggets
Patrick Ewing: 94-95 Knicks vs Magic
There they are in all their shining glory. Now there is a lot more to this reveal than meets the eye. We’ll start with some outrage that has come from the community and me personally as well. WHERE ARE REGGIE AND BARKLEY*? Yes, while choosing 15 legends of the game they left out reggie miller and charles barkley who where both voted by the community to be in the list. Which brings me to the community input. 2K posted a poll for the community to choose who they would like to see in the game for the legends. The poll’s results from facebook are shown below.
1. Shaquille O’Neal – 12.1%
2. Allen Iverson – 9.4%
3. Wilt Chamberlain – 8.4%
4. Reggie Miller – 7%
5. Hakeem Olajuwon – 6.2%
6. Charles Barkley – 6%
8. Dominique Wilkins – 4%
9. Oscar Robertson – 3.5%
10. Karl Malone – 2.5%
11. John Stockton – 2%
12. Jerry West – 1.6%
13. Scottie Pippen – 1.6%
14. Patrick Ewing – 1.4%
15. Isiah Thomas – 1.2%
They left out Reggie, Barkley, and Iverson. However, they added Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Roberston, Jerry West, Dr. J, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Penny, Rookie Kobe, Maybe Rookie Barkley from 76ers, Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor, Pistol Pete Maravich, Larry “Grandmama”Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Mitch Richmond, Chris Webber, John Havlicek, Young Mike Bibby, Muggsy Bogues, Kenny smith, Young Tim Duncan, Robert Horry(not all are legends, but still). What I can’t understand is why the players from last year were included in the legends for this game. I understand you can’t have Jordan not be in a list of legends but you have to add to the legends then.
Regardless of what you think about the list, there are bonuses to this. With the commentary being added upon with the new analyst Steve Kerr, we will be getting even more commentary and hopefully some more conversation. During the legends game mode, the commentators will speak about the players not just up until that point in their life but their entire career as a whole. The developers also wanted to hold true to the game so to add to the real time commentary feel we will also be getting real time broadcast. The older games will feature black and white broadcasts and others will be a little grainy to stay true to the time. Of course, wardrobe has been updated as well. Shorter shorts, higher shoes, and even higher socks have been added and fixed.
A full write up on the legends can be found here.
Sorry it took so long to post this but i have been busy all day. I will always do my best to keep you up to date on the latest game news.