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Lockout costs NBA 2K12 this year's rookie class

Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:04 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Were you excited to play with No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving in NBA 2K12? Or maybe national champion Kemba Walker? Or bomb away 3s with Jimmer Fredette?

Not happening, at least for a while. And who is there to thank for this? The lockout, of course. Via gaming blog Pasta Padre:
Unlike the NFL Lockout, where EA Sports had rights to rookies for Madden NFL 12 regardless of whether there would be a season or not, the NBA lockout will cost its league licensed video game from introducing the incoming rookies.
The plan is to release an update once the lockout is lifted adding the players in. But when the game drops Oct. 4, there very well could be no rookies in the game. Unless there's a resolution on the collective bargaining agreement. And who are we kidding on that? Probably not happening.

Gaming site Operation Sports says
the inclusion of the rookies won't be a big deal. "No rookies will be in the retail version but will be added by a roster update after the lockout is over. According to 2K, the transition will be seamless and the rookies’ names and references are already in the game."

It's not the biggest deal in the world, but it illustrates how serious this stuff is and how much it affects. Quite honestly I don't fully understand the licensing differences between the NFL and NBA, but whatever it is, it means that NBA 2K12 will be without last June's draft.

And if the lockout drags on and on, you might not get to play with Jimmer, Irving, Williams or Kenneth Faried (hey, I like Kenneth Faried) until NBA 2K13, which would be ridiculous.

But hey, look on the bright side: You can play with John Stockton!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:32 pm

Lockout costs NBA 2K12 this year's rookie class

It does kind of suck, especially if you say wanted to start up a franchise with the Cavaliers.Your missing a few of there key guys.Neat thing about the game is how a guy progresses.I know in past games each player had a potential rating, if a guy had a A+ he may start out at like 68 or 72 for example..and 2 - 3 seasons down the road he is in the 80's. Call me a geek but sometimes I used to just try and run a franchise and turn into a winner...Hardest time I had was trying to run the Knicks!!! In past years before Amare & Carmelo, when it was Marbury and guys like that...I use to challenge someone to "fix the Knicks" , easier said then done.

The myplayer feature is really fun as well, make a guy (you) you start off rated between 50-60 or so, and build yourself with points you accumulate depending on how well you play.You don't have to come out and score 50 a game, just play good D, and play a smart game..and your rewarded for it.

Wicked game though, I would highly recommend it to anyone.It loses a bit of its fun though without an actual season.

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