Final Update: Scottie Pippen has come to an agreement with 2K Sports to be part of NBA 2K13. Nice for the new Dream Team addition to the game, even better for us Bulls fans that like to play with the classic Bulls teams.
UPDATE No. 2: 2K Sports' PR has got back to me in regards to Scottie Pippen's status for NBA 2K13. Pippen will not be part of the game: on Dream Team or potential classic Chicago Bulls teams. The following is from Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports.
“We continue to have a very positive relationship with Scottie, but were unable to include him in-game this year for a variety of reasons, though we share everyone’s hope that he may one day appear in our game.”
UPDATE: According to Owen Good of Kotaku.com, Charles Barkley will only appear on the Dream Team in NBA 2K13. So Barkley won't be part of any Philadelphia 76ers or Phoenix Suns teams. As for Scottie Pippen, I've reached out to 2K Sports' PR to see if Pippen not being on the Dream Team means he will not be part of potential classic Bulls teams in NBA 2K13. I will post the reply if/when they get back to me. I assume that Pippen not being on Dream Team would mean he's not on the game altogether - I hope I'm wrong.
2K Sports announced today that the 1992 Dream Team and the 2012 gold-medal winning men's basketball team would be part of NBA 2K13. With all the debate raging over who would win in a matchup of these two powerhouses, 2K Sports picked the right time to roll this out. But the 1992 Dream Team will not feature Scottie Pippen, most likely because he couldn't come to terms on a deal with 2K. I guess 2K had enough money to give Jay-Z to be the "Executive Producer," but not enough money to come to a deal with Pippen. This hurts for more than just the Dream Team aspect, but for classic Bulls teams (which I assume would still be on NBA 2K13 since they still have a deal with Michael Jordan).
As far as the Dream Team goes, there might be some sort of Olympic Mode where you try to win the gold medal. But outside of that, when will you play with Dream Team? I personally wouldn't use them in a custom Association or Season Mode - that wouldn't be a challenge. And I would play one or two exhibition games to check them out, but that would get old. So not having Scottie Pippen, as a Bulls fan, is much more of a concern to me from the classic Bulls teams standpoint, as opposed to Dream Team. I can't see myself playing with those Bulls teams without Pippen. Sure, you can create a Scottie Pippen but that's not the same. It's like having to create Jordan on NBA games in the mid-to-late 90s when MJ was just "Player 99" with the silhouette of a bald man.
The other news from this announcement is that Charles Barkley will be part of NBA 2K13. Barkley has not been on the NBA 2K franchise during the Jordan Challenge (NBA 2K11) and NBA's Greatest Mode (NBA 2K12) editions. So this will be nice for Sixers or Suns fans if they have some classic Barkley teams on the game. The 1993 Phoenix Suns would be nice. It would be great to have a 1993 NBA Finals rematch with Barkley's Suns and Jordan's Bulls, but without Pippen, it takes away from it. There will be a lot of hype for Barkley, and again, nice for Sixers and Suns fans, but the last two years on NBA 2K I've been able to play with Jordan, Pippen, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson. Charles Barkley is late to the party and isn't really that big of a deal to me at this point.
This won't be the first time the Dream Team has been on a video game. Team USA Basketball came out on the SEGA Genesis in 1992.
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