Remember NBA JAM? I do. The arcade version, which I didn’t play much, and the Sega Genesis version, which I played a TON, came out sometime in late 1993. Often times I “gamed” and never looked back, whatever that means … probably ignoring homework and listening to the Wu’s 36 Chambers. Of course, I did kinda like Arch Rivals better. In that game you got to punch players and steal the ball while they were dribbling or shooting … although NBA JAM did allow for some rough play, pushing, et cetera.
NBA JAM featured 2-on-2 basketball and the real draw … actual NBA players (unlike Arch Rivals, which featured generic players named Mohawk, Moose and Reggie). Unfortunately with NBA JAM, Washington Bullets fans were left with Tom Gugliotta, who was the best choice, and Harvey Grant, who had been traded to Portland for Kevin Duckworth by the time the game came out. Later versions featured Googs and Calbert Cheaney.
Flash forward to 2010 where EA Sports is coming out with an updated version of NBA JAM for Nintendo Wii. I might be kinda excited if I still played video games, but I retired those for blogging long ago. But that didn’t keep me from voting. On what you say? Well, EA Sports is allowing fans to vote for which players they would like to see in the game from each NBA team.
For the Wizards, your options are: Randy Foye, Nick Young, Josh Howard, Mike Miller, Al Thornton and Andray Blatche. Pick three, which is already more choices than Gilbert gave Javaris.
Not mentioning that three of those six might not even be with the team next season, where’s Gilbert Arenas? Or if you really want to have fun with dunking and blocking shots on a smaller court where it’s easier to get back on transition defense … how about JaVale McGee?
But back to Mr. Arenas. Wouldn’t his presence make the game more marketable? Don’t Wizards fans deserve to see him in uniform in some manner, if not for one last time? Or is Gil’s omission an attempt to appease David Stern and the dudes in sweatshirts whose bidding was banner removal?
Potential and likely team owner Ted Leonsis has said he’s, “more a healer than I am a breaker-upper,” in regard to the Arenas situation. Current team president Ernie Grunfeld has said “He’s under contract with us, we think he’s going to be back here with us.” And even Gilbert Arenas himself has said that he would have “no problem” playing for the Wizards again.
What more do you want EA Sports?
But if you still want to vote for three of the six current options, head over to nba-jam.easports.com. As of this entry’s post time, you have about five days to vote on the Wizards (and the Lakers and Magic — NBA JAM is allowing fans to vote on three teams per week, they are currently in week nine).
For what it’s worth, I voted for Andray Blatche, Josh Howard and Al Thornton.
[Hat Tip: Slam Online]