NBA 2K12’s ‘Greatest’ Mode Revealed

15 historic teams and players square off for hardwood dominance. Welcome Dr. J and Kareem to the party.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


It wasn’t long ago that we were blown out of our chairs by the reveal of NBA 2K12’s cover athletes. How do you one-up Michael Jordan? You add Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to the equation, that’s how. But today, 2K Sports has announced that these legends are more than just window dressing. They are getting their own game mode in NBA 2K12, and they’re bringing some friend with them.

Enter: NBA 2K12’s “NBA Greatest” mode.

The “NBA Greatest” mode lets players relive classic NBA rivalries with 15 historic teams and their greatest players, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius “Dr. J” Erving and other, soon-to-be-revealed legends.


Click to watch the teaser trailer for the "NBA Greatest" mode.

“The NBA 2K franchise has become an essential part of the NBA culture, and our fans can now take control of legendary teams and athletes from the NBA’s rich history,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “With ‘NBA’s Greatest’ mode, NBA 2K12 will allow fans to prove once and for all who are the greatest basketball icons of all time.”

You’ll also be able to unlock these classic teams and players for use outside the “NBA Greatest” mode, allowing you to pit classic teams against current teams. The age-old question can finally be answers: Jordan or LeBron (answer: it’s Jordan).