On Saturday, the LA Clippers will celebrate the 25th anniversary year of the video game classic when they host the Sacramento Kings for NBA JAM Day. Fans will be eligible to receive an NBA Jam t-shirt with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and someone could even win an original four-player arcade machine of NBA Jam. Tim Kitzrow, the original voice of the game, will be heard throughout the Kings-Clippers contest — during pregame introductions and timeouts, perhaps even voicing over Griffin’s memorable dunk over Jazz center Rudy Gobert in October.
They ended up with four meters for player attributes: Speed, 3-pointers, dunks, and defense. They added clutch in the Tournament Edition game, which Turmell said was a much better game. (Chris Webber had a “zero” in clutch in the arcade version of Tournament Edition.) Turmell, who was a big Detroit Pistons fan — and, thus, hated the Chicago Bulls — famously even tried to rig late-game situations that involved the Bulls and Pistons. If the Bulls were in a close game with the Pistons and took a last-second shot, there was a special code in the game that would cause those shots to be bricks more often than normal. “Nah, I didn’t know anything about that,” Scottie Pippen said. “But I’m sure it was, they were beating us back in those days. But we were the better team, and the better players. But I’m sure they had a code in us somehow to kind of, keep us down.
Electronic Arts (EA) Sports re-booted the franchise in 2010 and still has the rights, but Kitzrow is working with Microsoft to possibly get the game resurrected for the 25th anniversary. “I can’t speak anything to the specifics, but I can tell you there is movement in the works to get it done for the 25th year,” Kitzrow said. “So I’m hoping that we get a remake that does justice to the original.”
When the NBA 2K League launches in 2018, Blazer5 Gaming will be among the 17 teams participating in the inaugural season. The new Blazer5 Gaming squad will begin play in May 2018 with a roster of five players who will live in-market during the season. Blazer5 gaming will be announcing staffing, including an Operations Manager and Team Manager, in a future release. During the inaugural season, all games will be played in one or two central studios. The official gaming platform, media carriage partners and other marketing partners will be announced at a later date. Fans and prospective gamers can connect with Blazer5 Gaming content, information, announcements and other special promotions at http://www.blazer5gaming.com; and by following the team Twitter handle @blazer5gaming.
The inaugural NBA 2K League season is booting up and ready to tip-off in May 2018. The official name of the team that will rep Cleveland on the virtual court is Cavs Legion Gaming Club (GC). In addition, Anthony Muraco has been named Director, Gaming Operations and HOT POCKETS© signed on to be the first founding partner of Cavs Legion GC. Cavs Legion GC is one of 17 NBA 2K League teams participating in the inaugural NBA 2K League season. The Cavs Legion GC official team colors are wine and gold, consistent with the look and feel of the Cavaliers NBA team franchise. The official team logo features a contemporary adaptation of the Cavalier profile, set above the team name in a sharp typeface that’s inspired by the edges of a sword.
Pacers Sports & Entertainment Tuesday officially announced a fourth team to its family of Indiana sports teams. Joining the NBA Pacers, the WNBA Fever and the G League Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, will be Pacers Gaming, one of 17 teams in the NBA 2K League, which debuts in May 2018. The NBA is the first U.S. professional sports league to operate an official esports league. The NBA 2K League is a partnership between the NBA and the game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. NBA 2K is a video basketball simulation game with gameplay that simulates a typical game of basketball. The Pacers Gaming team will field a roster of five players who will be selected from a pool of the world’s best gamers via the League Draft in March.
The Detroit Pistons organization announced today the unveiling of the franchise’s NBA 2K League team name and logo in conjunction with the NBA 2K League’s logo reveal earlier this week. The Pistons Gaming Team (GT) will serve as the official name of the NBA 2K League team set to debut in May of 2018. The Pistons GT logo, created by RARE Design in collaboration with the NBA 2K League and its teams, incorporates branding elements of the Detroit Pistons while presenting an individualized, distinctive logo to exist in the NBA 2K League and appeal to gamers worldwide. The new logo integrates automotive piston imagery into a progressive design that is representative of the toughness, attitude and hardcore spirit of the region and its basketball history.