BOOMSHAKALAKA! You're going to have to excuse me, but whenever I talk about NBA Jam feel that I should yell that at least once.
Moving right along, today we have the rosters for the Eastern Conference of EA's NBA Jam reboot due out next month. The Western Conference roster is due out next week.
Each of the players were voted in by the fans on the game's official website, and each team has 3-4 players, with 2-3 Legends per team. Check below for the full list.
NBA Jam Eastern Conference Rosters
Atlanta HawksPlayers: Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Mike BibbyLegends: Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb
Boston CelticsPlayers: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Ray AllenLegends: Larry Bird and Kevin McHale
Charlotte BobcatsPlayers: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson and Tyrus ThomasMascot: Rufus Lynx
Chicago BullsPlayers: Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos BoozerLegends: Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman
Cleveland CavaliersPlayers: Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and Anderson VarejaoLegends: Mark Price and Brad Daugherty
Detroit PistonsPlayers: Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva and Ben GordonLegends: Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer
Indiana PacersPlayers: Danny Granger, Mike Dunleavy and T.J. FordLegend: Detlef Schrempf
Miami HeatPlayers: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris BoshLegends: Glen Rice and Rony Seikaly
Milwaukee BucksPlayers: Michael Redd, Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings and Corey MaggetteMascot: Bango The Buck
New Jersey NetsPlayers: Devin Harris, Brook Lopez and Courtney LeeLegends: Kenny Anderson and Drazen Petrovic
New York KnicksPlayers: Al Harrington, Danilo Gallinari and Amare StoudemireLegends: Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and John Starks
Orlando MagicPlayers: Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard LewisLegends: Nick Anderson and Scott Skiles
Philadelphia 76ersPlayers: Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand and Evan TurnerLegends: Julius Erving and Allen Iverson
Toronto RaptorsPlayers: DeMar DeRozan, Jarrett Jack and Andrea BargnaniMascot: The Raptor
Washington WizardsPlayers: Yi Jianlian, Andray Blatche, Gilbert Arenas and John WallLegend: Manute BolMascot: G-Wiz
Speaking of the Wii version of the game, it was confirmed by EA Sports Vancouver that there will be no online play for the Nintendo version of the game. This wasn't a huge surprise, since plenty of titles for the Wii that scream multiplayer never get online capabilities. The Xbox and PS3 versions that come bundled with NBA Elite 11 will have online play, however they will be missing the Remix Tour, which features boss battles and other co-op challenges.
I was quite excited for this title, but EA's move to make it required to purchase NBA Elite 11 for the HD, online capable versions of the game has really soured my mood. Personally, I'm going to hold out until we get Xbox Live or PSN versions. I would even be happy with a full retail release for the HD consoles. NBA Elite 11 will probably be a solid title, I just don't want to be forced to buy something I don't want. Given the sheer popularity of the NBA Jam franchise, it's a good bet we'll see a full version for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Ranters, how do you feel about the roster? Are you picking up this title for the Wii, with NBA Elite or are you going to hold your breath in protest until EA gives you a fully featured version for Xbox 360 and PS3? Sound off in the comments.
NBA Jam will be launching for the Wii October 5, 2010, and on the same day as an add-on to NBA Elite 11 for Xbox 360 and PS3.