Tag: NBA 2K12


Video: Kobe, Griffin, Rose pimp NBA 2K13


It’s not going to be easy to top NBA 2K12 and the throwback teams, but I’ll speak for all of us in saying I can’t wait to hear what is coming in NBA 2K13.

This new promo spot for the game doesn’t really tell us much about the game itself, but it does remind us that Blake Griffin if a funny man. I love that dry sense of humor. Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose almost smile during the ad. Almost.

Hat tip to I am a GM.

Michael Beasley thinks his NBA 2k12 rating is a bit on the …. high side.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

Usually when an athlete hears about their video game rating, they think it’s absurdly low. After all, having that kind of ego is central to their ability to step up and make plays. Don’t get it confused, that’s not always a good thing, especially when it comes to Michael Beasley. (Clang.) But surprisingly, in an interview with IAmAGM.com where he acknowledged his little mush-face incident, he wasn’t upset with his 78 rating. In fact, he didn’t think it would be that… high. (Yeeaaaaaahhh.)

IamaGM.com: 2K12 ratings leaked early, you got a 78 how do you feel about that?

MB: That’s higher than I thought.

via Exclusive: Michael Beasley addresses the Dyckman Park incident | IamaGM.com.

Well, hey, Bease, glad you can be honest with yourself. Maybe think about that the next time you’ve got that 18 footer with two defenders closing and Kevin Love’s in the corner screaming “I’m open. I’m open. For the love of God, I’m open.” Just a thought. You know, thinking outside the box.

Video: Jordan, Cuban, Drake all pitch NBA 2K12

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in just a few days NBA 2K12 hits the streets, and we are pumped. 2K11 just killed it, and this year you can play some of the best teams in NBA history.

Of course, who is the best is up for debate. Which is the point of this commercial where Michael Jordan and others make their case.

The best part? When rapper Drake argues for the current Heat and they cut to Mark Cuban, hugging the Larry O’Brien trophy and shaking his head.

NBA 2K12 does Nowitzki wrong, doesn’t list him with elite

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

The NBA 2K12 rankings are not player rankings. Their not designed to be that, they are supposed to be a measure the strengths and weaknesses of a player against what is expected out of his position.

But they become defacto player rankings in the minds of the public — and they did Dirk Nowitzki wrong.

In some leaked ratings numbers of NBA 2K12 at Dime Magazine, Nowitzki gets an 85. Not bad, certainly. All-Star level. But LeBron James got a 98 (out of 100), Dwyane Wade a 96, Kobe Bryant a 94 (is he still a 94?), Dwight Howard a 93, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose a 92. The elite players are all over 90.

Don’t you put Nowitzki in that group of elite players?

Here are the people we know with a higher rating the big German: Carmelo Anthony (91), Deron Williams (90), Amar’e Stoudemire (88), Russell Westbrook (88) and Pau Gasol (86). You think all of them are better than Nowitzki?

Nowitzki is clearly as hard for video game designers to define as he is for old school NBA scouts. Nowitzki is a power forward who plays more like a small forward, but without being as quick. Yet, his ability to get to his spots and hit a wide variety of shots makes him one of the league’s best. He has to be ranked as such.

In maybe as big an oddity, Atlanta’s Josh Smith gets an 84 and Al Horford has an 80. Al Horford has the same score as Wilson Chandler. Horford remains the Rodney Dangerfield of the NBA.

The player with the lowest rating? Looks like Jason Collins with 45, reports the Basketball Jones. I’m not really going to argue that one.

NBA 2k12 News: Lebron James tops Kobe Bryant, Stern and Silver to announce picks


In the absence of an actual NBA season, 2K Sports’ NBA 2k12 may be the best some people are going to get this year. The most popular NBA game on the market goes on sale October 4th, and in addition to a wide array of legend players including Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Moses Malone, and every other legend you can think of, there are some interesting elements at play in this addition. One that’s likely to draw quite a bit of conversation is this.

LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant.

From Pastapadre.com:

LeBron James will begin NBA 2K12 as a 98 – the highest rated player in the game – while Kobe Bryant has settled in at 94. Miami also features the 96 rated Dwayne Wade and the 80 rated Chris Bosh (who drops from the 87 he started 2K11 with). Bryant and the Heat, who have no players outside the “big three” above 68, are the only ratings revealed so far.

via NBA 2K12 Ratings for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant Spark Debate | pastapadre.com.

James and Byrant were both rated a 97 in 2K11. But this year, with Bryant showing more signs of the inevitable downgrade that comes with age, James has passed him. Wait, wait, don’t get off the couch. I’ll make the jokes for you. Choose your favorite!

a. Does James’ number invert to a 79 in the playoffs?

b. Huh, didn’t know 2k12 was trying out a new “three-quarters only” game system.

c. The only rating that matters is how high the ring count is.

d. Kobe Bryant will now spend an hour after he plays the game first time practicing to try and get his rating up.

This will upset a lot of people. It shouldn’t. The choking, the shrinking, the non-clutchness, whatever you want to call it, none of it impacts James’ ability. And if you’re able to control James, you should be able to avoid all his weaknesses anyway. You can simply get him past the mental breakdowns he has. There’s nothing intangible about knee soreness.

The other bit of news is that in the draft system, David Stern and Adam Silver will do the actual announcing. My question, can we have them in a simulated lockout negotiations, complete with Stern asking Silver what he thinks about things? Because that would be the best. Well, okay, an actual season would be best. But comparatively.

(HT: Larry Brown Sports via IAmAGM.com on the ratings)

(HT: TBJ on the Stern/Silverness)