Now he just evades screens and tracks down guards on the perimeter, while still maintaining a bruising presence on the interior. Bell averaged double-digit rebounds all three years at Oregon and blocked 233 shots in 105 games, something the 6-foot-8 center credits to timing. Where does that timing come from? Not football. Not basketball. Guitar Hero, Bell says. “You ever played?” Bell said. “You got to like try to get it exactly. I hate video games, but that’s the one video game I played every single day. Strumming, hit the button at the same exact time, catch it on the screen. Shot-blocking, to me, is all about timing. I know tall people who can’t block a shot to save their life. That right there really helped to get my timing.”
First off, that’s just a great Gary Payton story. But more importantly: There’s a version of NBA Jam with MJ in it! That’s significant because, as the feature notes, Jordan opted out of the NBAPA’s licensing agreement, so he wasn’t included in the legendary game. The vital question here is: Can I play it? Turmell actually answered that question earlier this year in a Reddit AMA (hat tip to Polygon for finding it). When asked if he could dump that version on the Interwebs, he replied, “I could! Will try to dig up.” Polygon followed up with Turmell, who had this to say: “I was referring to EPROMs.” he said. “I have a cabinet stored away with sets of them.
On Thursday, Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan became the first-ever NBA 2K Canadian cover athlete. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal had already been named the cover athlete for the Standard and Legends editions, respectively, but DeRozan will be the new face of the game in The Great North.