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NBA2K11, And The Haze Of History

Games and Gaming

I will never forget the first time I started up NBA2K11. It began with a brief recap of the formidable career of Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, and then all of a sudden I found myself standing behind the man himself, in the tunnel of some cavernous basketball arena. “Are you ready?” he turns and asks; well hell no I’m not ready MJ–I don’t even know which button passes the ball! Nevertheless, he runs out the tunnel and I follow, the scene unfolds into a screaming hyped-up crowd, and it quickly dawns on me that I am on the court with Jordan for Game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals between Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers and “our” Chicago Bulls. It is a sublime moment.

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