Jordan confirmed for NBA 2K11 cover

Retired Chicago Bulls legend hits the hardwood once more as the spokesman for 2K Sports upcoming hoops sim; October 5 tip-off confirmed.

Last year, Take-Two Interactive secured Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant to be the cover athlete of its annual installment in the NBA 2K series of basketball sims. So how does the company top having arguably the best current basketball player in the world on its cover? It goes out and gets perhaps the best player of all time, a 14-time All-Star with six championship rings and five league MVP awards on his resume.

There go the last bragging rights NBA 2K5 cover star Ben Wallace had on Jordan.

Take-Two today officially announced Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan will be on the cover of NBA 2K11 when the game debuts on multiple platforms October 5. The move was presaged last week in the wake of a report from ESPN (which has a licensing partnership with Electronic Arts, makers of newly renamed rival series NBA Elite).

The report speculated that the game would allow players to step into Jordan's shoes to re-create the biggest moments of his career against the actual players he faced (each licensed individually by the publisher). While 2K didn't confirm that, Jordan will apparently be playable in some form, as he was quoted in the announcement as saying, "I'm looking forward to getting back out onto the court, virtually. Let's hope they get my dunk from the foul line right."

Despite his prodigious accomplishments and numerous endorsements, Jordan was far from a perennial cover star in the gaming world. For much of Jordan's playing career, he had a licensing deal separate from the one that included the rest of the NBA. As a result, he was conspicuously absent from most NBA games over his career, appearing instead in vanity projects like his own Super Nintendo action game, Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City.

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Team2Beat
Team2Beat

Great. I am shocked they were able to get hi,.

teteringen
teteringen

Spend a lifetime to create MJ in 2K10. And the game actually added the Jordan brand dunk all by itself :-) Good to have him in the 2k10 version. Now if they also make me skip all the unnecessary game pauses and breaks it'll be great for sure.

docwoo
docwoo

Smart move on 2K's part to get MJ on the cover. Still, putting the greatest player EVER on the cover doesn't make the game great. As much as I LOVE Jordan, the 2K Developers had better put on an MVP performance for me to buy it.

KOBE23IVAN
KOBE23IVAN

NBA2K11 will be amazing & Michael Jordan it the best b-ball player on the planet... EVER !!!

murray_mchs
murray_mchs

I am just so glad that EA doesn't have exclusive rights to the NBA. EA has already ruined the genre of football games. The last 4-5 Maddens have been quiet simply abysmal. 2K deserves a shot at making a good NFL game. I'm atleast going to rent this game.

Degama
Degama

Very very very smart business move for 2k sports, i have to say! Their PR agent needz a raise and half of the company earnings! Even if the game suckz ***, which i Highly, highly, highly doubt. (or jesus was japanese) They will sell copies. I'm gonna buy it "Just" to see jordan on the cover. Shoot, the actually character himself could play like the bad version of nes double dribble, i'd still buy the game. It's bin a long time coming and now we await the return of the b-ball messiah back to the video game world. Can i get a Halelujah and a Hell yeah! Hate if u wanna!

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

wow finally is larry bird gonna be on 2k12

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

He ruined basketball videogames in the 90's by not being in them.

cozmo13000
cozmo13000

okay so nba 2k10 was already waaaay better and more realistic than its"competitor" and was one of the best basketball games of all time to me along with 2k3, 2k5, and NBA Street 2 and 3(the newest Street is garbage). MY PLAYER MODE is amazing. And now Micheal mutha******* JORDAN!!! Live or whatever they want to call it(doesn't matter) should just quit bball I mean they still got madden right?

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

I am impressed 2K Sports was able to get Mike. Finally, EA Sports has to take the back seat on this one. 2K Sports got a big 1 up for such a historic moment in sports video game history. No sports gaming fanchise ever got Mike on the cover of a game. Gorgarin is right to call this a historical moment in gaming history, since this has never happened before. 2K Sports made a great move. Bravo 2K Sports, Bravo!!!

Gorgarin
Gorgarin

Ok Now I'm sold. Definitely getting this. This is kinda historical,I think it's the first cover Mike's has been on since Chaos in the Windy City.

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

Jordan is definitely the best player in the league, but it takes more than just an amazing player to make me buy this game. Jordan is great but his behavior wasn't so appealing lately. Like Mike, I want to be like......Cut the music...There will never be another Micheal Jordan. Despite Jordan's actions, you can't deny his greatness at the sport of basketball.

coolkid93
coolkid93

MJ>Lebron James. MJ is the best.

soltar
soltar

I want to play as the '88-'90 Pistons knocking MJ on his booty until the league changed the rules in order to protect him.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

Michael Jordan is better than Bryant, LeBron and Wade combined.

Byaku524
Byaku524

Can I reserve the game now or later?

ikev33
ikev33

@trickdadi I can't believe you been playing live this long!!!

trickdadi
trickdadi

i am officially jumping ship to 2k11! JORDAN BABY!

pure_impact
pure_impact

2K just won..there is no beating them with Air Jordan in the game and on the cover baby! EA cane change NBA Live's name all they want lol!

met7
met7

YES YES YES YES JAJAJAAJA!

deepen03
deepen03

lol well there goes NBA Live or Elite or whatever they call that BS disgrace of a game.. 2K FOR THE WIN!

macwr
macwr

If i remember correctly he was a secret player in NBA JAM

ghost_1919
ghost_1919

hmm they better fix all the problems with this game online play sucked and the defense sucks in 2K10 lol

Spexter
Spexter

Correct a few tweaks in my player mode and it will be an awesome game...no matter who's on the cover...but Jordan will give it an extra charm if it's a great game...don't think I'll get it just because of Mike if it sucks...

derderderderk
derderderderk

If Jordan is willing, who wouldn't take him for the cover? It's also a move that appeals to more fans, a lot more fans.

BulletsnOctane
BulletsnOctane

I do believe Jordan and Pippen made each other better; they fed off one another. Pippen sub-par/average? Laughable.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Glad to see he made the cover

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@mos2000 I think it's just mostly kaboom that is the hater of Jordan on here. As I've said, I loved Jordan. He's the reason I started watching basketball in the first place. 'Course, I haven't watched much since the Bulls won their last championship under Jordan and the other good players on the team. I think I'll take I'll try to start watching again. Bball is the only sport that got me jumping in the air with excitement. I never could get into football or the other sports, but bball just got my adrenalin going when I watched a good game. I loved watching the playoffs with the Bulls and whoever they were playing against.

mos2000
mos2000

[continued from below] The only player that could possibly come close is Bryant - and that's with the help of two versatile big men (Bynum and Gasol) that Jordan and the bulls never had..... And mind you, this is coming from a Dominique Wilkins fan. Is he a little stand-offish with the media as of late, yes. But that doesn't make him vane. What is expected when you have been the most idolized sports figure over the past 20 years. If he wasn't like that, the man would get no freedom. So in closing, like him or not, the man deserves his due. If he didn't make an appearance on your little video games over the years, so what - get over it. Here's a thought... just go to "Create a Player", turn the attributes to all 99's, and there you go. Problem solved.

mos2000
mos2000

Ha! This is suspose to be a video game forum, yet we've found someway to turn this into a bad ep. of "The Sports Writers" - so I guess I'll join.... Let me just address this idiotic notion that Jordan is just some vane, over-rated player who's ridin' other coaches/players coat tales. Jordan by far is the GREATEST basketball player to touch the ball in our time. This whiney notion that only if Lebron had better players he could win is bogus. Jordan himself was able to take the crappy/sub-par players around him and mentor them to create a championship team. This includes Pippen. Those old enough to know what they're talking about knows that Pippen's game and style was pretty much a carbon copy of Jordan's. Has Lebron had the same success, no. Because he does not have the same mentoring knack as Jordan. [continued above]

vencc
vencc

Even if you dont like 2K games, gotta get it. AT LEAST TO SEE MJ ON THE COVER

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Dang, about time. I always loved Michael Jordan. Really loved watching him in one particular game were he scored six points in like ten seconds. Kept stealing the ball and running it through to a slam dunk right through the defense. Magic Johnson was commentating and he said, "This is Michael Jordan's show." Best moment ever.

alayeesquire
alayeesquire

MJ is the best ever; however, 2K needs to refocus on what made the franchise better than Live, gameplay.

Bardock47
Bardock47

Sad to say I have had no intrest in a sports game till now.. I will have to buy this if tis good.

Arkady_16
Arkady_16

Always respected Mike as a athlete (lets face it the guy was amazing), so glad to see him on a cover :).

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

Put Jordan on anything and it will sell. Want to sell underwear? Have Jordan do your commercials. (ha)

BlakkSteel
BlakkSteel

Jordan did replace Dr. J in the " . . . Vs. Bird" games. I Got that. In the NBA In The Zone game (I believe it's '96 version), his entire likeness (except his name) was on there. I believe Konami got sued for that; but I got that 1! LOL He did reappear, again, on PS1's NBA Shootout '98. I believe that may have been the last game that had anythin' 'like' MJ on it. His name in those games, was always "player." LOL Anythin' with MJ on it, would be prior to the affore-mentioned games, & go back to the land of Sega Genesis. It'll be good to rock with him on next-gen.

thefutureofball
thefutureofball

he might be on the cover but HE WAS IN 2k3 or did everyone forget???

deusexsephiroth
deusexsephiroth

@Kabo0m there's a reason why lebron doesn't have his own contract separate from the rest of the NBA, he's not as good as mj was and because he hasn't learned how to dominate a playoff run

3D3
3D3

Buying this game just cuz MJ is on it.

btstlouis
btstlouis

Jordan is GOAT. If you say he isn't then you must have been born in like '99

GrindingAxe
GrindingAxe

OK it will be cool to play as MJ for the first few days after release but the only thing that matters is how the game plays and I'm thinking Elite will finally get 2K this year. Just my opinion.

cjasko94
cjasko94

LeBron is still very young so he still has plenty of time to get a ring.Coming from a Cleveland fan myself, I am hoping he stays with the Cavaliers!

cjasko94
cjasko94

No matter who is on the cover, 2K is still better then Live (Elite).

JasonGamer101
JasonGamer101

@Kabo0m u clearly dont know basketball very well. you should just go live under a rock if thats something you think is actually true.