I'd like to play NBA Jam, but I don't really care for the NBA circa 2010. For me, the league's glory days were the early 1990s, so this list of the new game's unlockable characters makes for good reading.
It can of course be classed as a spoiler of sorts, so if you'd like to enjoy unlocking these guys the hard way, STOP READING. If, though, you'd like to see just how well fans of what I like think of as the the NBA's "comic book character" days are being catered to (and how to unlock them in the Wii version of the game), read on!
Allen Iverson - Elusive // Perform 10 successful shove counters.
Beastie Boys Team - 3 The Hard Way // Defeat the Beastie Boys team in Remix Tour.
Brad Daugherty - Double Up // Beat the CPU in a 2V2 game by doubling their score or better.
Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas - Central Division Represent // Beat the Central Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.
Bryant Reeves - 100 Club // Win 100 games.
Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway - Pacific Division Represent // Beat the Pacific Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.
Chuck Person - Fired Up // Get On Fire 4 times in a single game.
Clyde Drexler - NBA Domination // Beat Classic Campaign with a team from each division in the NBA.
Dan Majerle - Century Scorer // Score 100 points in one game.
Danny Manning - Grand Scorer // Score 1,000 points.
David Robinson - Glass Cleaner // Grab 10 rebounds in one game.
Dennis Rodman - How Rude // Perform 10 successful shoves in one game.
Detlef Schrempf - No "I" in Team // Win a 2P game vs. the CPU.
Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb - Southeast Division Represent // Beat the Southeast Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.
Drazen Petrovic - The Spirit of Competition // Complete a game of 21 against a friend.
Dr. J - High Flyer // Perform 10 successful alley-oops.
George Gervin - Buzzer Beater // Hit a Buzzer Beater shot to win a 2 V 2 game.
Glen Rice - Triple up // Beat the CPU in a 2V2 game by tripling their score or better.
Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith - Southwest Division Represent // Beat the Southwest Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.
James Worthy - You Must be Butter // Go on a 10 game win streak in Classic Campaign.
John Starks, Patrick Ewing - Atlantic Division Represent // Beat the Atlantic Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.
John Stockton, Karl Malone - Northwest Division Represent // Beat the Northwest Division Legend Team in Classic Campaign.
Kenny Anderson - Sticky Fingers // Steal the ball 10 times in one game.
Kevin Johnson - Ultimate Teammate // Beat the CPU in a 2V2 game with your drone teammate scoring all of the points.
Kevin McHale - Feelin' It // Perform 10 successful jump shots.
Larry Bird, Magic Johnson - Bird / Magic Superteam // Beat the Bird/Magic Superteam in Classic Campaign.
Larry Johnson - Ball Hog // Win a game without allowing your teammate to score.
Manute Bol - Block Party // Perform 10 successful blocks.
Mark Price - Gentleman // Beat the CPU in a 2V2 game without shoving.
Mitch Richmond - 10K Scorer // Score 10,000 points
Nick Anderson - First Game Jitters // Complete a Play Now Game.
Orlando Magic Shaq - Smash It // Beat the CPU in Backboard Smash.
Rony Seikaly - Throw It Down, Big Man // Dunk the ball 10 times in one game.
Scott Skiles - Dominant Distributor // Get 30 Assists with one player in one game.
Scottie Pippen - Stringin' Em Together // Go on a 5 game win streak in Classic Campaign.
Stickman Team - Operation Stickman // Defeat the Stickman Team in Classic Campaign.
Dan Majerle? Scott Skiles? Detlef Schrempf? You sure know the way to a man's heart, EA Sports.
Those curious about the game's boss battles - and again, this is spoiler territory - you'll find them below.
Chris Paul Boss Battle - CP3 // Beat the New Orleans Hornets Gold Challenge in Remix Tour.
Dr. J Boss Battle - Dr. J // Beat the Philadelphia 76ers Gold Challenge in Remix Tour.
Dwayne Wade Boss Battle - Flash // Beat the Miami Heat Gold Challenge in Remix Tour.
Karl Malone Boss Battle - Mailman // Beat the Utah Jazz Gold Challenge in Remix Tour.
Kobe Bryant Boss Battle - Black Mamba // Beat the Los Angeles Lakers Silver Challenge in Remix Tour.
Larry Bird Boss Battle - Bird // Beat the Boston Celtics Gold Challenge in Remix Tour.
Lebron James Boss Battle - King James // Beat the Miami Heat Silver Challenge in Remix Tour.
Magic Johnson Boss Battle - Magic // Beat the Los Angeles Lakers Gold Challenge in Remix Tour.
Shaquille O'Neal Boss Battle - Diesel // Beat the Orlando Magic Gold Challenge in Remix Tour.
Yao Ming Boss Battle - Yao /
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