Looks like I underestimated Jay-Z as a game producer, because the first major news bit relating to NBA 2K13 since the hip-hop superstar was announced as executive producer is a good one. The 1992 USA Men’s Basketball team will be available on the next installation of the popular sports title, a fitting tribute to a team many consider the greatest to ever represent the United States in the Summer Olympics. And in addition to that, the 2012 Olympic team will be included, which leads to an interesting question – which Team USA is better?
If you ask me, the 1992 Dream Team should smoke ‘em all. You’ve got Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and many others, all in the peak of their careers. It was a great time to be a basketball fan, and quite memorable because this was the very first team of erstwhile NBA players to play in the Olympics. (Prior to that, Olympic basketball was strictly for amateurs and college players.)
And apparently, if it wasn’t for Jay-Z, this wouldn’t have been possible, as indicated in a recent post on the NBA 2K Facebook account. And we quote – “I think it’s an epic moment for sports video games and we are seeing pro athletes like Jordan understand the world of gaming and how there is a whole new generation of kids whose only exposure to some sports and sports heroes is via video games, not through television.
That’s all good, but even video game geeks like us believe it’s better to actually play sports and if possible, watch your favorite athletes in person. If you’re just as excited as I am to grab a copy of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K13, it will be available on October 2, 2012.