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Video game makers use former stars during lockout
NBA Lockout Video Gam Heal
In this undated video-generated image released by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc./2K Sports, the likeness' of Earvin "Magic" Johnson (32) and Larry Bird (33) are shown in a video game "NBA 2K12." - photo by ASSOCIATEDPRESS

    ATLANTA — 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 despite the lockout, 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.
    An extended lockout would eliminate daily updates.