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As far as Oklahoma City “Thudner” jerseys go, this is BY FAR the best we’ve seen. Simple, classic but still a little bit new. With these cool navy blue jerseys, the Thudner should have a long and storied history in OKC.

As far as Oklahoma City Thunder jerseys go, these are OK. Better than the Spurs’ alternate uniforms, but forgoing a plain grey jersey instantly put the Thunder ahead, so that’s not much of an accomplishment. So they’re not the worst alternate jersey in the league — that’s probably still those garbage Suns orange ones — but are they anywhere near the best? Nope. In fact, UniWatch’s Paul Lukas sums up my feelings pretty well.

I like old-school templates, but this one makes no sense for this team. No gold, no orange, nothing to connect it to the rest of the team’s identity system. Very odd choice, and a bad one.

Hear, hear. Besides the fact that the NBA 2K13 version literally says “Thudner,” do these say Thunder at all to you? Did you even realize navy blue was one of the Thunder’s colors? (It is, as a very minor color in their logo.) Outside of the font, which still isn’t great, these are pretty generic even though there’s nothing like them in the NBA, if that makes sense. Basically, any NBA team that wanted a navy blue jersey could have these and it wouldn’t look any different.

Maybe they’ll look great on court and I’m sure Nike will cook up some amazing navy shoes for Kevin Durant — plus, I’m pretty sure the actual NBA will spell the team’s name correctly — but these are just fine. A screencap of the shorts after the jump. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, there’s a strong likelihood that you’ve played multiple editions of the NBA 2K video game series by 2K Sports. In fact, many of you probably purchased NBA 2K13 yesterday on its release date and spent a good part of your day neglecting most of your daily responsibilities and personal relationships. And why wouldn’t you? It’s pretty great.

However, not every NBA 2K13 consumer will play the game the same way, and that got me thinking. How will different people dive into the NBA 2K13 universe and what will that say about their personalities? Probably nothing, honestly, but work with me here.

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Even though he bounced back a bit at the end there, it still seems like the only NBAer that Justin Biebdawg has ever really gotten the better of is Steve Nash, surprise surprise. Though to be fair, it’s probably hard to dominate a video game basketball match when you’re worried about your foot-high pompadour blowing over. #SWAGGY

The new trailer for NBA 2K13 looks awesome. I’m 100 percent positive I’ll only be able to pull off the majority of those moves on accident, but it still looks pretty wicked and I’m going to play it so much. Cannot wait.

But watching the trailer, I couldn’t help but noticing just how many highlights there were against the Toronto Raptors. So I did what any bro with a rudimentary knowledge of video editing would do — I made a compilation of all the anti-Raptors moments in the new spot. Andrea Bargnani gets some particularly rough treatment.

You know things are bad when even the Wizards are getting video game highlights over you. Executive producer Jay-Z must really hate Toronto.

Today is Wonderful Crossovers Day, apparently. First, it was Justin Timberlake and basketball. Now it’s basketball video games and custom shoes. Best day ever? Maybe.

From IGN:

Visual Concepts spent perhaps the most amount of time during my demo showing me their craziest feature yet: the Shoe Creator. Yes, they’ve had a basic version of this before, but the ends of the earth they’ve gone to on this smack of a studio that clearly has no competition to worry about and is free to pursue flights of fancy like this (again, I mean that in a nice way!). 2K13′s Shoe Creator is, essentially, the virtual shoe equivalent of Forza Motorsport 4′s livery system. Except in that game, you can’t click a button when you’re done and order the car you just designed, complete with that custom paint job.

Yes, you can build your own kicks using different materials, colors, patterns, and more. Dozens of layers (45 of them, to be exact) let you highlight every detail you like. You can then upload those to the web, where other users can rate them. Want to go a step farther? Get this: the game syncs with the NikeID website and you can actually have your virtual shoe made real and shipped to your door.

Creating your own shoes in a basketball game is pretty fun in its own right, but being able to actually order those shoes that you just created is incredible. It’s like the exact opposite of what I did with 2K13, when I recreated a pair of custom “Fast and Furious” Nikes for my video game character. This is way, way better.

It is dangerous though. It’s going to take 15 minutes to create a shoe, then you’re going to have a great game in My Player and then you’ll be like, “Well, I should honor this game somehow…” Next thing you know, you’ve got a closet full of shoes you made while playing video games. It’s a slippery slope of special shoes. Trust me.

But still, this is awesome, even if you do end up with way more shoes than you could possibly need. Considering you’re the one who designed them, it’s just like a parent hanging their kids’ drawings on the fridge. At least that’s how I’m going to justify going way overboard with this.

Good news, fans of the Dream Team, Chicago Bulls, hyper versatile small forwards who redefined the possibilities of their position and video games that are maybe just a little bit too hard for a normal person who isn’t completely devoted to gaming — Scottie Pippen is going to be in NBA 2K13, along with the rest of the 1992 United States Olympic basketball team.

Want proof, skeptic? Fine. From 2K Sports’ Twitter feedski:

And then there were 12… Are you ready for the FULL ’92 Dream Team?

Yes.

Also, here’s more proof, courtesy of Scottie’s wife on Twitter, because of 2012:

Scottie is back – check him out on the @2KSports for #NBA2K13 Dream Team!

Good stuff. Now we can finally answer the age old question of whether or not the Dream Team can beat the Charlotte Bobcats, which is what I am pretty sure everyone on the internet has been asking for the past few months. I’m guessing yes, now that they have a lockdown perimeter defender to check Gerald Henderson.

Please leave your opinions in the comments.

Here’s something cool — the 1992 United States Olympic basketball team, commonly referred to as “The Dream Team” or “The Best Team Ever Assembled” or “You Know Who I’m Talking About,” will be a playable team in this year’s edition of the NBA 2K franchise.

Here’s something not quite as cool — in the picture you see above, which was tweeted today by 2K Sports, there is no Scottie Pippen. Christian Laettner is there, of course, and Clyde Drexler (?) is standing right in front, ahead of even Michael Jordan, but there is no Scottie Pippen.

Word on the street is that Pippen didn’t agree to a deal with 2K Sports, which therefore precludes him being in the game. Considering he was in last year’s iteration of the franchise, this is a huge bummer. Not only is Pippen one of the 50 greatest players of all-time and one of my favorite players to ever play for my favorite team, he was also a guy Chuck Daly considered integral to the Dream Team. Now how are we going to destroy virtual Toni Kukoc? (No, the 1992 Croatian Olympic basketball team is not in the game, weirdo.)

That bad part of the news aside, how great is this? The answer is very great, especially because this year’s Olympic team is also going to be in the game, which means we can finally answer the “who would win?” question once and for all with no debate from anyone because video games are the truest test of competition. Joking, of course, but that is definitely what everyone is going to do. Just like everyone is going to try to make Christian Laettner the leading scorer every time they play, because haha.

So yeah, no Scottie Pippen, but still really awesome. The game comes out October 2, which gives you just under a month to play as many games as possible before the NBA season starts. Can’t wait.