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NBA 2K11: The Shrug
August 26th, 2011

During Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals against Portland, Jordan set a Finals record at the time with 6 three-pointers in a half. It was the shrug to Marv and Magic, after effortlessly hitting the 6th three, that sealed this as one of the greatest moments in NBA history. Jordan finished with 39 points in a 122-89 blowout of the Blazers.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Jordan's Greatest Block
August 14th, 2011

Jordan's first encounter against the Chicago Bulls, after returning to the NBA as a member of the Wizards, would be a memorable one. With a game-high 29 points and the lead, the 38 year old MJ would get his shot partially blocked in the final seconds, giving the Bulls hope as Ron Mercer jumped out on a fast break. As Mercer was about to lay the ball in, Jordan appeared and wouldn't merely just block the shot, but pin the ball against the backboard with both hands and bring it down. Preserving the Wizards' 89-83 win, January 4th 2002.

A lot of people like to forget about Jordan's 2 seasons with the Wizards, but he still had some great moments there. It was a true testament to his love of the game, and his competitive spirit. "I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying"

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Jordan's Greatest Move
August 3rd, 2011

Always a highlight moment, and declared Jordan's greatest move in the Ultimate Jordan DVD set, the triple pump circus layup against the New Jersey Nets on February 17th, 1991. Showcasing MJ's incredible hang-time, as he moves the ball right, left, and down around defenders before finally throwing it off the glass on the other side of the basket.

Had some computer trouble, which is why I haven't made a video in 2 months. Hopefully I'll be able to put out a couple more before we get our hands on 2K12.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA Finals Ad - Jordan - Talking Basketball
May 23rd, 2011

NBA Playoffs Commercial recreated with NBA 2K11. Now, you might be asking "Why Matt?" haha. I just did the 1996 Finals moment for the "What Is Love" video, and I've been seeing this commercial everyday, so I thought "what the hell". Didn't take long to put together, and it was pretty fun to do as well. Back to our regularly scheduled programming after this.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: What Is Love?
May 19th, 2011

Michael Jordan Nike commercial recreation. This is the abbreviated version of the 4+ minute "Love Supreme" commercial that ran during Jordan's final season in the NBA, I opted for the 30 second ad to keep my sanity haha. Couple new shots thrown in with the classic moments I've already recreated.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Jordan Dunks On Mutombo
May 13th, 2011

In honor of the Bulls finishing off the Hawks, we go back 14 years ago today, May 13th, 1997. In the opening minutes during Game 5 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Hawks, Jordan finally got his dunk on Mount Mutombo and gave Dikembe his own signature finger wave. Chicago won the game and clinched the series, 4-1.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: The Flu Game
May 8th, 2011

With the 1997 NBA Finals tied at 2 games a piece, Michael Jordan overcame a stomach virus to lift the Bulls past the Jazz in Game 5. Finishing with 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. I've only done this one once before, in 2K9. It took me a while to get to it because I didn't want to just rehash my 2K9 version. It wasn't until I decided to put that music to it that everything fell into place, and allowed me to really tell the story behind the game.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Tell Me
March 25th, 2011

Another fantastic Michael Jordan Nike/Jumpman commercial recreated in NBA 2K11. A lot of work went into this one, as I had to replace the background for every shot. Mostly because I wanted lower angles that aren't possible with the replay camera, so I was able to just give the illusion of a lower angle by removing the court floor in those shots. Even the free throw line dunk had to have the background removed, since you can't get that angle in Practice Mode, I had to do it with a full crowd behind him. Please 2K, give the replay camera some more flexibility in 2K12, haha.

Check it out on YouTube and show Gametrailers some love for selecting it User Movie of the Week!
NBA 2K11: Failure
March 14th, 2011

Michael Jordan Nike Commercial remade using NBA 2K11. This is a recreation of my 2K10 version (so, a recreation of a reimagining of a Nike commercial to be exact, ha). I went with the same moments that I chose for the original because they fit so well with the audio, a couple heartbreaking moments for all MJ fans. The steal in Orlando, Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals - and Game 4 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers, where Michael's potential game winner rolled out. We finish off, of course, with his Last Shot as a member of the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.

NBA 2K11: Jordan Posterizes Mourning
NBA 2K11: The Shot II

March 7th, 2011

Two quick new ones from 1993, both signature celebrations were in the game so I couldn't resist.

Jordan Posterizes Mourning: YouTube | Gametrailers
Michael Jordan jams over Alonzo Mourning. The exclamation on a 52 point game, that saw the Bulls defeat the Hornets 123-108 - March 12th, 1993.

The Shot II: YouTube | Gametrailers
Game 4 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Semifinals saw Jordan once again drain the shot at the buzzer to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Playoffs. This time hitting the game winner over "The Jordan Stopper" Gerald Wilkins.
NBA 2K11: Michael Jordan In New York
March 3rd, 2011

I knew I had to redo this one for 2K11, took a bit longer to do than I expected but I think it turned out good. MJ always thrived when playing in Madison Square Garden. Featured here is Jordan's First Game at MSG in 1984, The Posterizing Dunk on Ewing in 1991, The 55 Point Comeback in 1995, and his Last Game at MSG as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 1998. As well as a couple other moments sprinkled in.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Jordan Posterizes Ewing
February 1st, 2011

Game 3 in the 1st Round of the 1991 NBA Playoffs brought about one of Jordan's signature moments. With under a minute to go in the first half, Jordan escaped the smothering D of Starks & Oakley, then dunked right over Patrick Ewing for the basket and the foul. The Bulls went on to win the game and knock off the Knicks, on the way to their first Championship.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Let Your Game Speak
January 21st, 2011

Michael Jordan Nike (Air Jordan XXI) commercial re-created in NBA 2K11. I've had my eye on this one from the start, I just had to work up to it by doing all the classic moments depicted in it first. And no, I never once considered trying to make little kid CAPs to do this with... perhaps a little nod to that by slipping Muggsy Bogues in there though haha.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Jordan's Last Dance
January 17th, 2011

Michael Jordan's last shot as a member of the Chicago Bulls, defeating the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals to capture his 6th and final NBA Championship, re-created in NBA 2K11. This is one I've done every year in one form or another. I know people will ask "where's the push-off?", the left hand swipe I used to simulate that for 2K9 and 10 was removed from the step-back animation this year. So I knew I had to at least get Russell to fall this time.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: The Shot
January 7th, 2011

Michael Jordan hits "The Shot" over Ehlo, eliminating the Cavs from the first round of the 1989 NBA Playoffs. Re-created in NBA 2K11. This is one I've been wanting to do again since 2K8, I've been waiting for the short shorts and we finally got it. Funny enough though, the famous jump celebration is in the long shorts, since the only way I could get that animation was from "The Last Dance" Challenge.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Maybe It's My Fault
November 29th, 2010

Michael Jordan Nike commercial re-created in NBA 2K11. Much like my "Look Me In The Eyes" video, I had to take the audio and match the video to it's context, since the ad featured no game footage. I was able to recreate the first two shots though, with some help from Google Earth's 3D buildings of Chicago. And inspired by the recent mashup of this and the "What should I do?" ad, I had to throw LeBron James in there at the end.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Frozen Moment
November 21st, 2010

Michael Jordan Nike commercial re-created in NBA 2K11. This one has been requested a lot, and I was still in the commercial-making mood :) I could've kept all the reaction shots inside the arena, but I thought I would have a little fun with it by dusting off my copy of GTA IV for those. Even Niko loves Jordan! haha.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Jordan vs Jordan
November 15th, 2010

"23 vs 39" Michael Jordan Gatorade commercial re-created using NBA 2K11. I initially thought I wouldn't be able to do this again in 2K11 because some of the animations I used in the 2K10 one were gone, but I found some workarounds, including playing one in reverse. I took a "Where Amazing Happens" approach to the final scene in the seats, which allowed me to get a closer look to the original, right down to the towel and gadorade bottles.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.

Also added 2 wallpapers...
NBA 2K11 in 3D
November 5th, 2010

Michael Jordan with his signature no-look over the head layup against the Knicks, in several 3D angles. The 3D was achieved in replay mode by recording one view, then shifting to a slightly different view to replicate the left and right eye. Not through the official 3D capability coming to the PS3 version this month, so dynamic physics like jersey movement don't match up perfectly here.

Check it out on YouTube for all the lens options or Gametrailers for a smooth cross-eyed format.
NBA 2K11: The Move
October 20th, 2010

Michael Jordan with the spectacular mid-air switch layup during Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Where Will Amazing Happen This Year?
October 17th, 2010

"The Shrug" in the style of the NBA's "Where Will Amazing Happen This Year" campaign. I know everyone has and will be recreating this moment in the game so I decided to use it for this annual video, which has that little unique spin on it.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11: Look Me In The Eyes
October 12th, 2010

Featuring young Michael Jordan. I was able to work around the red circle with closeups and raising the camera above it. I also found that the scoreboard often doesn't show up during replay in the 1st quarter if I put a second controller on the opposing team *shrugs* haha.

Check it out on YouTube and Gametrailers.
NBA 2K11 Wallpapers
October 9th, 2010

Wallpapers from "NBA 2K11: Where Amazing Happens" are up, in the classic format and full.

Side note: I went into practice mode to see how an updated Jordan vs Jordan would work.... not good. A lot of the animations I used in the 2K10 one have been axed. That great swagger walk is replaced by a very robotic, slow, and twitchy walk. They can no longer just hold the ball and look, they're always bent over and moving as if being guarded. So while it would benefit obviously from the new Jordan models, the execution wouldn't nearly be as good. Downright ugly really.
NBA 2K11: Where Amazing Happens
October 8th, 2010

Another year, another "Where Amazing Happens" video to kick it off. I did some late changes in what photos to do once I got the game, I noticed they captured Jordan's yell from after he posterized Mourning so I wanted to feature that. Of course, Mourning was a casualty of losing the all-decade teams, 2K10 Zo makes an appearance.

Wallpapers of each coming soon!

Check it out in HD at YouTube and Gametrailers.
"Where Amazing Happens" Coming Soon
October 6th, 2010


As I'm sure most of you know by now, NBA 2K11 is incredible! I'm still deep into the Jordan Challenge mode but I am working on the annual "Where Amazing Happens" video as you can see above. It's great to finally play as the real Michael Jordan along with the rest of the classic teams, but I have some bad news:

There's no way to remove the circle indicator in replay mode anymore. This use to be done by hitting LB+RB. I'm hopeful that this will be patched back in. I certainly don't want to do videos with the red circle in them, and Reelmaker isn't a real option since save replays look worse than ever, using an incredibly low resolution.

So like last year with the retired numbers issue, we'll have to wait and see if this gets resolved in a patch before I can start doing my videos.
He's Back - Jordan Returns in NBA 2K11
June 8th, 2010

Michael Jordan NBA 2K11 Teaser Trailer made with NBA 2K10. If you've been living under a rock, Michael Jordan finally makes his next-gen video game debut October 5th, on the cover of NBA 2K11 and playable in the game! I was so pumped that I wanted to do something, so I put together this little "teaser" video using my CAP in 2K10. I made sure not to show his face much, but it is visible twice for a couple frames along with what I hope they add in 2K11 - MJ's signature tongue.

Check it out on YouTube or GameTrailers.
IT'S OFFICIAL! MICHAEL JORDAN IN NBA2K11
June 2nd, 2010

2K Sports has confirmed the rumors, Michael Jordan is the cover athlete for NBA2K11! Release date is set for October 5th. I Hope they go all out with his signature play and celebrations. With the tongue wagging on drives and dunks so I can finally stop having to photoshop it in haha.
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