Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"NBA Jam" Coming Back?

Word is that there will be a new NBA Jam game coming soon. Awesome! But will it work?

Let's go back a bit. Anyone in their 20s and 30s should know NBA Jam pretty well. It blew up in 1993 and arcades and game consoles were addicted. Me, I was in high school and college then and I remember hitting the arcades with my buddy and having those huge two-on-two matchups with complete strangers. It was great. I also had the game on Super Nintendo and Sega CD (remember that?).

It would be cool to see a new one. The only guy that may be in both the old version of the game and the new one is Shaquille O'Neal. Now we'll get to see those monster jams by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. We see rim rockers from Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett and Blake Griffin. Now there are three more teams (Memphis, Toronto, Charlotte) than there were back then.

But will it work? Hard to say. Arcades are gone since everyone has arcade-quality systems in their homes. I can sit at home and play the game on PS3 on an HDTV. Still, I think it will have a place ... especially among people like me who remember the fun we used to have playing it.

So who should be the two-man teams for each franchise?

BOSTON: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett
NEW JERSEY: Devin Harris, Brook Lopez
NEW YORK: Nate Robinson, David Lee
PHILADELPHIA: Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand
TORONTO: Jose Calderon, Chris Bosh

ATLANTA: Joe Johnson, Josh Smith
CHARLOTTE: Raymond Felton, Stephen Jackson
MIAMI: Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley
ORLANDO: Vince Carter, Dwight Howard
WASHINGTON: Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison

CHICAGO: Derrick Rose, Luol Deng
CLEVELAND: LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal
DETROIT: Ben Gordon, Charlie Villenueva
INDIANA: Danny Granger, Troy Murphy
MILWAUKEE: Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut

DALLAS: Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki
HOUSTON: Aaron Brooks, Yao Ming
MEMPHIS: OJ Mayo, Zach Randolph
NEW ORLEANS: Chris Paul, David West
SAN ANTONIO: Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

DENVER: JR Smith, Carmelo Anthony
MINNESOTA: Johnny Flynn, Al Jefferson
OKLAHOMA CITY: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant
PORTLAND: Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge
UTAH: Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer (or Paul Millsap if you think Booz is gone)

GOLDEN STATE: Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette
LA CLIPPERS: Baron Davis, Blake Griffin
LA LAKERS: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol
PHOENIX: Steve Nash, Amare Stoudamire
SACRAMENTO: Tyreke Evans, Kevin Martin


Jonathan said...

Alonzo Mourning and Grandmama were a lethal team. Both could hit 3-pointers and dominate the boards. I challenge anybody to a game of Jam - I'll take Charlotte, you take your squad.

mostsmit said...

Forget that! It's already back! From Leroy himself! Leroy and Manny would take LJ and Zo anytime, anyday, anywhere. Check the game at this link: