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The Friday Five: 5 Cursed Basketball Game Cover Players

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Around this time each year, we generally start speculating about the cover players for the next edition of NBA Live and NBA 2K. Last week, a report from Polygon gave us something to think about, as leaked images have fuelled rumours that NBA 2K16 will feature three different cover players – James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant – as well as involvement from filmmaker Spike Lee, presumably in this year’s MyCAREER mode. As of writing however, no official announcement has been made.

Although the cover is ultimately inconsequential as far as the quality of a basketball video game is concerned, it remains a popular talking point, so I thought I’d write a Friday Five or two about previous cover players. I’ve been thinking about some of the best and worst cover players, and have some lists to post in the not too distant future, but I’ve also been thinking about superstitions and supposed “cursed” cover players. Basketball players have generally fared better than NFL players who have graced the cover of Madden, but misfortune has befallen some players who have appeared on the covers of various hoops titles. Here are five such players that come to mind.

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File Additions for College Hoops 2K8

VTCRB has released another demo of his 2012/2013 roster update for the Xbox 360 version of College Hoops 2K8, which now features 94 teams. Download it at the link below and be sure to check out a video tutorial such as this one if you need help re-hashing the roster file for use with your Gamertag.

94 Team College Hoops 2K8 2012/2013 Roster (Xbox 360)

General File Additions: College Hoops 2K8 2012/2013 Roster (Xbox 360)

If you’re one of the many people still enjoying College Hoops 2K8 on the Xbox 360, then you’ll be pleased to learn that VTCRB has been working on a 2012/2013 roster for the game, which he has uploaded to our Downloads section. The current demo version of the roster includes 84 teams from the 2013 season and can be downloaded at the link below.

College Hoops 2K8 2012/2013 Roster (Xbox 360)