The entire 15 games of the NBA 2K23 new Jordan Challenge

The entire 15 games of the NBA 2K23 new Jordan Challenge ...

With The Jordan Challenge, NBA 2K23 will bring back the series' celebration of Michael Jordan's greatest achievements, adding five more games to the original 10 that NBA 2K11 offered 12 years ago.

Executive producer Erick Boenisch, a 20-year veteran of Visual Concepts who has worked on all but three games in the series, said the project. I wanted this to be head and shoulders above the NBA 2K11s Jordan Challenge in every way.

Boenisch and gameplay director Mike Wang studied Jordan's career in an effort to bring it alive for a new generation of basketball enthusiasts who may have never seen him play.

When the Jordan Challenge launches on September 8, it will be available on all versions of NBA 2K23 Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Here are 15 of the new Jordan Challenge's 15 moments, and their deeper meaning inside each.

The National Championship

New Orleans' Louisiana Superdome on March 29, 1982.

Mike Jordan was the fourth freshman in North Carolina basketball history to start in his first game for the Tar Heels. Jordan buried an 18-foot jumper with 15 seconds left to give UNC a 63-62 lead and Dean Smith his first national championship after six Final Four appearances.

Prelude to a Dream

Indianapolis, Indiana, Hoosier Dome on July 9, 1984.

The United States men's national basketball team opened Indiana's brand-new Hoosier Dome with a scrimmage against a team of NBA players including Hall of Famers Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics. President Ronald Reagan addressed the team and the crowd in a recorded address recorded on the arena scoreboard. Jordan scored 14 points in this game, which the collegians won 97-82.

God in Disguise

Game 2, Eastern Conference first round, Boston Garden, Boston, April 20, 1986.

Jordan was selected third overall from a 1984 NBA draft whose top five included future Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley. In 1986, the Bulls were beaten by the Celtics in a dramatic 135-131 victory over the Celtics, which set a new record for an NBA playoff game. His between-the-legs dribble and stepback jumper in Bird's face is still one of the greatest achievements in NBA history.

An All-Star Forever

NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium on February 7, 1988.

Jordan threw 40 points against Magic Johnson and the Western Conference All-Stars in front of his own home crowd the day after a leap from the free-throw line to defeat Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins.

The Shot

Game 5, Eastern Conference first round, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, May 7, 1989.

Youre probably already visualizing it. Three seconds till the Bulls are down 100-99. Brad Sellers inbounding the ball from midcourt. Jordan shoves Nance out of the play and takes Sellers' pass, with Ehlo scrambling after him in a panic. Ehlo collapses in shock, and Jordan dodges four punches in the air, nearly decking Sellers in their first-round playoff victory.

Shootout at the ATL Corral

Chicago Bulls against. Atlanta Hawks in 1990.

This challenge is a holdover from NBA 2K11, and is intended to highlight Wilkins and Jordan's scoring ability at the height of their careers. It does not recreate any single game that occurred on that day, although MJ scored 36 points and Nique got 26 in a 92-84 Bulls victory.

Nice

Cleveland's Richfield Coliseum is open for the 28th of March 1990.

Jordan scored 54 points in an overtime victory over the Cavaliers in Chicago. Four months later, the two teams met in Cleveland for another breathtaking track meet. In overtime again, Jordan played 50 minutes and scored 69 points on 23-of-37 shooting. It also inspired one of NBA history's greatest postgame quotes, when rookie teammate Stacey King told reporters, "Ill always remember this as the night Michael Jordan and I scored 70 points."

The Jordan Rules

Game 3, Eastern Conference finals, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, May 26, 1990.

Chuck Daly's Bad Boys The Pistons made no apologies for their ruthless game plan, which pushed Jordan for hard contact at any point in his drive to the basket. They were also the title of Sam Smith's 1991 book about the Bulls-Pistons rivalry, which they both praised for. Jordan and the Bulls won the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, but not before Detroit snubbed them to NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.

Showtime

NBA Finals, Chicago Stadium, and Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, June 2-12, 1991.

Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, the Bulls, and the Lakers led the NBA's decade of appointment television with a five-game NBA Finals, culminating in Jordans first championship. The Lakers won the opening game at Chicago Stadium 93-91, but from there, it was all Bulls. In Game 2, Jordan scored 33 points, leading all scorers.

The Shrug

Game 1, NBA Finals, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, June 3, 1992.

At the height of his career, Michael Jordan made 35 points, but not when he made 35 points in the first half, of the first game, of the Bulls' second straight NBA championship. After burying his sixth 3-point basket of the half, Jordan turned to NBC play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, as if to declare that he didnt know how he did it.

Double Nickel

Madison Square Garden, New York, March 18, 1995.

Jordan's father, James Jordan, was murdered on July 23, 1993, in Lumberton, North Carolina, one month after Jordan and the Bulls won their third consecutive NBA championship. In his grief, Jordan resigned from the NBA, stating that he no longer desired to play basketball but wanted to pursue his childhood dream of playing professional baseball. After a four-game checkup, he went to New York and The World's Most Famous Arena, scoring 55 points.

Fathers Day

Game 6, NBA Finals, United Center, Chicago, June 16, 1996.

This was certainly not one of Jordan's best games: 22 points on 5-of-19 shooting, seven turnovers, seven assists. Further, the 72-win Bulls had jumped out to a 3-0 series lead over Gary Payton and the SuperSonics, before losing their focus and games 4 and 5. But it was still Fathers Day, and on that day the Bulls won their fourth world championship, the first since James Jordan's death three years earlier.

The Flu Game

Game 5, NBA Finals, Delta Center, Salt Lake City. On June 11, 1997, there was a game in the Delta Center.

Jordan caught some type of stomach virus two nights before Game 5 at the team hotel in the playoffs. Though athletic trainers told Jordan there was no way he could play, he got out of bed less than an hour before tipoff and started the game. Chicago won its sixth NBA championship two days later.

Passing the Torch

The United Center in Chicago, December 17, 1997.

This is the first game between Kobe Bryant in his second year with the Bulls, and Jordan in his last season with the Bulls. Bryant scored 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting. But Jordan scored 36, allowing the Bulls to defeat the Lakers without injured big man Shaquille ONeal.

The Last Dance

Game 6, NBA Finals, Delta Center, Salt Lake City, June 14, 1998.

Jordan's last game for the Chicago Bulls was, again, the game-winner, 87-86 against Bryon Russell and the Jazz, after Jordans' steal from Karl Malone with 18 seconds left. Jordan left the club the following January and returned again in 2001 for two disastrous seasons with the Washington Wizards. But NBA 2K23 truly closes the door with MJ's last great moment and his sixth world championship.