All throughout the Olympics a debate was waged over which USA Men’s Basketball team is the greatest: the 2012 team that featured the likes of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, or the 1992 Dream Team – a team so stacked they decimated each opponent by at least 32 points. While we’ll never get the answer to that specific question, that is unless someone perfects time travel, there is one way to see that iconic matchup play out on a TV screen, with the help of NBA 2K13.
Just announced today by 2K Sports is the inclusion of both USA Men’s Olympic Basketball teams into NBA 2K13. There’s no word on if there will be a specific mode built around the Olympics or those teams, but the inclusion appears to be this year’s version of the Jordan Challenge or NBA’s Greatest modes.
New Executive Producer for the series, Jay-Z, was a major proponent of including both the Dream Team and the 2012 team, due in no small part to the braggadocio that was coming out of both camps. Obviously creating that match-up in the virtual world is wholly dependant on the skills of the player, and in no way is indicative of how a real game would play out, but it’s a neat little way to play with history.
Kevin Durant, cover athlete for NBA 2K13, and the unfortunate cover athlete for the cancelled NBA Live ’11, is excited to see how his gold medal team stacks up with the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone.
“It was an incredible blessing to have been part of the 2012 USA Basketball National Team. USA Basketball’s National Team legacy is incredible and so many of basketball’s all-time greats have been part of it, I’m just honored to be in that group. Like everybody, I can’t wait to see how our squad stacks up against the 1992 team in NBA 2K13.”
One slightly weird omission is that of Scottie Pippen, long-time Bulls small forward and instrumental piece of Jordan’s 6 NBA title runs. It’s similar to Charles Barkeley’s no-show in NBA 2K12, and there’s no word from 2K Sports whether it was a licensing issue.
NBA 2K has become such a well-oiled machine that even small inclusions like the Dream Team are enough to warrant the purchase of a game that has perfected basketball gameplay. A perennial contender for sports game of the year, NBA 2K promises to not only cause a few arguments this year, but maybe even settle a few.
Who do you think will win on the virtual courts of NBA 2K13: the Dream Team or the 2012 Olympic Team?
NBA 2K13 releases October 2, 2012 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.