- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Video game makers are bracing for an extended NBA lockout by focusing on former players who made the league popular in hopes of taking the attention away from the impact labor strife will have on their product.

In the upcoming “NBA 2K12,” which goes on sale Oct. 4, 2K Sports plans to introduce a new mode called, NBA’s Greatest, that will feature the league’s top 15 players of all-time and some of the most famous rivalries.

Hall of Famers such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Julius Erving will be featured on the latest installment of the best-selling basketball video game franchise. Jordan, Johnson and Bird will appear on three separate covers on the front of the game.

But an extended lockout would eliminate one popular feature _ daily updates.

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