NBA All-Star 2011


Ever wonder who’s better, Michael Jordan in his prime or Kobe Bryant?  2K Sports will allow you to find out, at least virtually. With the NBA lockout hanging over the new season, gamers will have plenty of new content to explore in NBA 2K12.  One of the big new features expands upon the Jordan Challenge mode from NBA 2K11, which allowed players to relive 10 different epic games from the Hall of Famer’s career. The new mode, NBA’s Greatest, will take things a step further and let past legends like Dr. J go head-to-head with current greats like LeBron James. 

 Blake Griffin is well known for him winning the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest, jumping over a car to win the title. While he's not tearing it up on the hardwood, he has been begging to get himself into Rage, id Software's latest title. Earlier today, a video was posted on Bethesda's blog, showing just what Blake Griffin had to go through while making a commercial for the game.
NBA All-Star Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk Contest in Los Angeles this year. But with his Los Angeles Clippers sitting out the playoffs yet again, he’s been looking for work. Griffin’s been lobbying Bethesda Softworks to star in id Software’s upcoming Rage post apocalyptic racing and action shooter. The video below shows Griffin making his case to go virtual in something other than NBA 2K11.
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, the 2010-11 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, and LeBron James of the Miami Heat, winner of the two previous MVP awards, highlight the 2010-11 All-NBA First Team. James was the lone unanimous choice, receiving all 119 first-place votes. Joining James and Rose on the First Team are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. James talks about his gaming off the court in this exclusive video interview.
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2010-11 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the NBA announced today. Rose, who does not turn 23 until Oct. 4, becomes the league’s youngest MVP, a distinction previously held by Wes Unseld, who earned the honor in 1968-69 as a 23-year-old. Rose talks about his video game skills and the MVP award in this exclusive video interview.
Rudy Gay has emerged as one of the big stars of the youth-driven Memphis Grizzlies, who have established themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the NBA Playoffs. The former UConn star has transferred his scoring prowess from the college hardwoods to the NBA quite seamlessly. And the NBA All-Star has stayed in touch with fans using the latest technology. In 2008, he teamed up with YouTube to get video of dunks that he could use as inspiration for his own performance in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. Gay also is an avid gamer. In 2009 he teamed up with EA Sports to provide motion-captured moves for NBA Live 10. He talks about his love of video games in this exclusive interview.
NBA All-Star Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is the winner of the 2010-11 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a significant improvement from the previous season. Love, who was on the cover of EA Sports’ NCAA Basketball 09, talks about his gaming prestige with Call of Duty in this exclusive video interview.
Just as the NBA Playoffs kick into high gear, NBA Digital and Playdom have launched NBA Dynasty, a new social game on Facebook that allows NBA fans to create and manage their ultimate dream team by choosing from more than 9,000 player seasons from 1946 to present. Throughout the year, NBA Dynasty will provide fans with the opportunity to compete in games against NBA stars, NBA championship teams, and head-to-head with their friends for the all-time best record. Former NBA All-Star Brent Barry, who’s in the new game, talks about dunking and video games in this exclusive video interview.
As the NBA Playoffs are in full swing, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is the recipient of the 2010-11 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Howard becomes the first player to earn the honor three straight seasons; only Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace, with four each, have won the award more times. Howard, best known to NBA fans as Superman, talks about his love of video games in this exclusive video interview.
Since entering the NBA in 2004 after a stellar two seasons at the University of Arizona, Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76’ers) has emerged as the main attraction in Philly. The same fickle fan base that once cheered for Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson is now behind Iguodala as the Sixers take on the Miami Heat’s trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in the NBA Playoffs. Iguodala is a master at stealing the ball from opponents and has a solid all-around game, which helped turn the Sixers around in just a year and jettisoned them back into the hunt for a championship. Iguodala lists videogames as one of his hobbies, so when he’s not on the real court, he’s likely playing basketball or football on Xbox 360. The NBA star talks about his gaming habits in this exclusive interview.
Kobe Bryant is looking for a three-peat as the Lakers head into the NBA Playoffs with a first round match against the New Orleans Hornets. While gamers can see the Black Mamba in stereo 3D in 2K Sports NBA 2K11 game, anyone with a 3D TV will be able to see him and the rest of the NBA stars in 3D on ESPN 3D. For the first time, both the NBA Playoffs and The Finals, which start June 2, will be broadcast in 3D. Bryant talks about his video game playing in this exclusive video interview.
As the 2011 NBA Playoff picture is getting clearer and the Los Angeles Lakers looking for a threepeat World Championship, EA Sports has announced that it will sit out yet another season of NBA video game basketball. The sports giant’s last game was NBA Live 10, which featured Orlando Magic “Superman” Dwight Howard on the cover. Electronic Arts abandoned that franchise name with its 2010 game, NBA ELITE 11, but canceled the title. The next simulation hoops game from EA will be hitting stores in fall 2012. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, who was on the cover of the never-released ELITE game, begs EA Sports to release his game in this exclusive video interview.
LOS ANGELES, California – Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett was on hand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to help the Eastern Conference NBA All-Stars battle Kobe Bryant and the Western Conference. The NBA 2K9 cover athlete and world champion took a timeout at NBA Jam Session to talk about his favorite video games like 2K Sports NBA 2K 11 and Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops on the practice court in this exclusive video interview.
Hot on the heels of record viewership during the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend on TNT, ESPN 3D, in its first year of distribution, will expand its NBA offerings to include The Finals – the pinnacle of the NBA season – this June, marking the first time the championship-crowning event will be presented in 3D.  ESPN 3D televised the first NBA game in 3D when the Miami Heat visited the New York Knicks on December 17, 2010.  Since December, ESPN 3D has shown six NBA games in addition to other programming. Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook talks 3D, 2K Sports NBA 2K11 and video games in this exclusive video interview from the PlayStation Players Lounge in Los Angeles.