The 10 Best Basketball Video Game Intros Ever

We seem to be talking a lot about video games lately. There was the return of GoldenEye that we had the chance to check out. Then there is the constant flow of news out of the NBA 2K12 camp. I don’t get to play video games as much as I did when I was younger. Now we have things like work, responsibility, waking up early, stuff like that. But, video games will never totally be out.

Surfing YouTube the other day, I came upon a few memorable video game spots and figured I needed to put a list together of the best video game intro movies of all-time. While it isn’t totally complete (not every one can be found on YouTube), and many of the greatest basketball games ever don’t even have intros, I still was able to find most of what I was looking for.

Alas, there wasn’t anything from Kobe Bryant Courtside 2 (also couldn’t find a decent recorded intro for NBA Showtime: NBA On NBC), but at least searching for that game’s theme did remind me of the classic arcade mode they had. Anyways, here are the 10 greatest video game introductions ever.

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10. NBA Live 2005
Ahh, the notorious year when Live decided to level the playing field with 2K, and also released their game for $19.99. How many of y’all copped both on release day for a total of $40? I know I did…there was that new dunk contest thing I had to try out. Video intro wasn’t bad either, showing that one between-the-legs spin move that was literally impossible to stop (you can see Kobe pull it off). I used to button mash and do that move three times in a row from the arc to the rim for a layup all the time.

9. NBA Inside Drive 2002
Is this not the most 2001-02 intro ever? I can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing. Too bad the game sucked.

8. NBA Live 2003
One of my favorite versions of NBA Live ever. Tracy McGrady was stupid filthy in this game. On New Years, we had a huge party at a friend’s house, and most of us ended up just crashing there at the crib. Naturally, we had to have some type of video game tournament. Double elimination. 15 players. It took all night, and then into the next day. By the time I made the championship, there were only two or three people left watching. Everyone was bored and left. I rode T-Mac all the way to a title. My competition in the Finals? My boy came with Jerry Stackhouse… remember back when he was nice? This video still gets love from me because of the meanest Mike Bibby in-n-out move you’ll ever see. The intro track, despite it being from Fabolous, is really good.

7. NBA Live 2001
The only basketball game I’ve ever bought for the PC. I still don’t know how I played it on the computer. Times have really changed. This video is also classic as well. Montell Jordan kills it, but that doesn’t stop the intro from being slightly awkward.