They say that kids grow out of video games. Well I don’t know who “they” is, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was never good enough to play the game professionally (or collegiately, for that matter), but that never prevented me from submerging myself in all things basketball. So I follow it, I write about it, I breathe it. I even live vicariously through basketball animations in NBA 2K11.
Yesterday I learned that parents are wrong â€“ video games can be educational. Take the NBA Draft, for instance. After simulating my way through an entire season in association mode of 2K11, I stood on the brink of the 2011 NBA Draft. Thanks to the Xbox Live crazies out there, I managed to download an updated 2011 draft class. The only snag was the draft order, which was completely out of whack. Using my general managing acumen, I wheeled and dealed until the 1st round order was in line with tomorrow’s draft. And then I hit simulate. The following is what ensued.
**Side note No. 1: LeBron James won the regular season MVP, the Heat swept the Thunder in the Finals, and LeBron was the Finals MVP. I guess that’s why video games are make-believe.
**Side note No. 2: Keep in mind that the guy who created this draft class determined the prospects’ ratings. I checked them to make sure they were generally accurate. Emphasis on generally.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers â€“ Kyrie Irving (Duke)
No surprises here.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves â€“ Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
And David Kahn goes for another point guard. Even 2K11 has a sense of humor.
3. Utah Jazz â€“ Derrick Williams (Arizona)
Utah should send Kahn a thank you card.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers â€“ Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
Maybe they took the best player available, regardless of position. Or maybe they’re just dumb.