My suggestions for the Jordan Challenge Part II For NBA 2K13

My suggestions for the Jordan Challenge Part II For NBA 2K13

Update -- NBA 2K12 ended up not going with a Jordan Challenge Part II. Instead NBA 2K12 added the NBA's Greatest mode, which featured 15 of the NBA's greatest players and individual games to play. Well, since 2K announced this week that NBA 2K13 will be coming out this fall (shocking!), maybe we can get the Jordan Challenge Part II in for 2K13? Maybe? Probably not. But as a Bulls fan, I can hope.

2K Sports announced today that Michael Jordan, along with NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, will each have their own separate covers for NBA 2K12. When 2K announced that Jordan would be on the cover for last year's game (NBA 2K11), it also came with the news of a Jordan Challenge - 10 playable games, where you had to match MJ's performance. Some of the games included: Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals vs. Portland (six first-half threes), Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals vs. Utah (last game in a Bulls' uniform) and Game 2 of the 1986 first-round series vs. Boston (63 points in the Boston Garden).

With the news that Jordan will be on the cover again, I started to think of games that could be part of a second Jordan Challenge. Here are my suggestions -- along with a name and goals for each challenge.

Note: I don't suggest some key moments like "The Shot" part I and II, and Game 1 of the 1997 NBA Finals. The reason being, you can't really have a game-winning shot as part of a game challenge. You would have to intentionally keep the game close to set up the moment.

Happy Easter, From MJ
April 3, 1988
Michael Jordan led the Bulls into the Pontiac Silverdome to take on the Bad Boy Pistons on Easter Sunday. Jordan dropped 59 points and the Bulls escaped with a 112-110 victory.

The goals:
Score 59 points
Shoot better than 77% from the field
Win the game

A Hasty Exit
May 27, 1991
The Bulls finally exorcised the demon that was the Detroit Pistons, finishing off a sweep in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals, with a 115-94 victory. It would be a nice touch if 2K would make the Pistons' bench walk of the court (most notably Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer) toward the end of the game. It's something that the 2K broadcast team of Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg could comment on.

The goals:
Score 29 points
Grab 8 rebounds
Hand out 8 assists
Win the game

Biggest Game In Franchise History
June 5, 1991
Coming off a loss in their first NBA Finals game in franchise history, the Bulls faced the prospect of falling down 0-2 to the L.A. Lakers, with the series shifting to the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles. Michael Jordan prevented that from happening, leading the Bulls to a 107-86 victory in Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals.

Now, I know the 1991 NBA Finals was part of the original Jordan Challenge. But this is a more specific game challenge. The challenge on NBA 2K11 was an entire series. This is just Game 2 - at the time, the biggest game in franchise history.

The goals:
Score 33 points
Make 13 consecutive field goal attempts
Dish out 13 assists
Win the game

Now It's A Best-Of-Three
May 31, 1993
The two-time defending NBA champs found themselves down 0-2 to the New York Knicks when they came back to Chicago Stadium for games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Bulls got back in the series with a great team effort in Game 3. Michael Jordan only shot 3-of-18 from the field in Game 3 and looked to get his shooting back on track in Game 4 - he did. Jordan scored 54 points in the Bulls' 105-95 victory to tie the series up at 2-2. The Bulls would go on to win the next two games, and the series.

The goals:
Score 54 points
Make six 3-pointers
Win the game

I Guess God Doesn't Want You To Win, Chuck
June 16, 1993
“God wants us to win the championship. I told Michael Jordan the other day that it was destiny for us to win.” - Charles Barkley during the 1993 NBA Finals.

Well, God didn't want Sir Charles and the Suns to win on this night - or the series, for that matter. Michael Jordan put the Suns on the brink of elimination, scoring 55 points, in a 111-105 victory in Game 4 on the 1993 NBA Finals. The Bulls went on to win the series in six games and become the first team in 27 years to 3-peat.

The goals:
Score 55 points
Shoot 56% from the field
Win the Game

Back To 23
May 10, 1995
The Bulls' 1995 Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Orlando Magic is most remembered for Nick Anderson stealing the ball from Michael Jordan at the end of Game 1. The Bulls ended up losing Game 1 and some, foolishly, questioned whether MJ could return to his pre-retirement form. What people forget is that the Bulls won Game 2, 104-94, and took the homecourt advantage. Game 2 was the game where Jordan switched back to his familiar No. 23 (he wore No. 45 when he came back in March of that year).

The goals:
Score 38 points
Get 4 steals
Win the Game

70 Has Become A Reality
April 16, 1996
Okay, so the 1996 Milwaukee Bucks aren't the sexiest team to put on a video game. But they are a part of NBA history as they were the Bulls' 70th victim en route to an NBA record 72-10 season. On this night the Bulls became the first team in NBA history to win 70 games. The Bulls broke the record of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Admit it - you've been waiting for Vin Baker to make his way back to an NBA video game.

The goals:
Score 22 points
Grab 9 rebounds
Win the Game

Silence In Seattle
June 9, 1996
The Bulls took a 2-0 series lead into Seattle in the 1996 NBA Finals. Game 3 was played on the Sonics' homecourt - the rowdy Key Arena. That wild Seattle crowd was quickly silenced as Jordan and the Bulls had a 34-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bulls went on to win the game 108-86, take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, and win the franchise's fourth NBA title in six games.

The goals:
Score 36 points
Hand out 5 assists
Have a 20-point (or more) lead at halftime
Win the game

This One Is Personal
May 28, 1997
The Bulls couldn't complete a sweep of the Miami Heat in the 1997 Eastern Conference finals. A pesky Heat squad survived a late Michael Jordan onslaught in Game 4 to force a Game 5 back at the United Center in Chicago. During the Heat's Game-4 victory, center Alonzo Mourning took a cheap shot at Scottie Pippen. Mourning came down on Pippen's head with a vicious elbow, which left an egg-shaped knot on Pippen's head. Jordan didn't appreciate the cheap shot taken at his teammate. Jordan referred to Game 5 as "personal." He refused to shake Mourning's hand when the captains met at center court (which you can see at the 1:20 mark of the video). The Bulls went on to win Game 5 100-87 and advance to the franchise's fifth NBA Finals.

The goals:
Score 28 points
Grab 6 rebounds
Dish out 5 assists
Win the game

We're Gonna Win Game 7
May 31, 1998
"We're gonna win Game 7." Those were the words of Michael Jordan after the Bulls lost Game 6 to the Indiana Pacers.

In Game 7, the Bulls found themselves down by nine points at the end of the first quarter. But a solid second quarter by Jordan, and a great third quarter by Toni Kukoc, put the Bulls in position to win the game in the fourth. It wasn't one of Jordan's prettiest performances (9-of-25 shooting) but it was enough to get the job done and help the Bulls advance to the NBA Finals for the sixth time. Jordan helped keep Pacers star Reggie Miller scoreless in the fourth quarter of the 88-83 victory.

The goals:
Score 28 points
Grab 9 rebounds
Hand out 8 assists
Hold Reggie Miller to 22 points or less
Win the game

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