The Jordan Challenge has been released in all 15 NBA 2K23 games

The Jordan Challenge has been released in all 15 NBA 2K23 games ...

With The Jordan Challenge, NBA 2K23 will bring back Michael Jordan's greatest achievements, adding five new games to the original 10-game roster offered in NBA 2K11.

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 took the time to research and analyze each point in Jordan's career in order to bring it alive for a new generation of basketball enthusiasts who have never heard him play.

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

The National Championship

New Orleans' Louisiana Superdome on March 29, 1982.

Mike Jordan was the only freshman in North Carolina basketball history to start in his first game for the Tar Heels. He rounded out a stellar lineup that included future Hall of Famer James Worthy and three-time All-American Sam Perkins. In the 1982 NCAA final against Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, Jordan shot 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 Boston Celtics team of NBA stars; President Ronald Reagan spoke to the audience and supporters in a recorded address recorded on the arena scoreboard. Jordan scored 14 points in this game, which he 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 ranked eighth against a formidable Celtics team steaming toward their 16th NBA championship. Jordan's between-the-legs dribble and stepback jumper in Birds' face is still one of the greatest highlights in NBA history.

An All-Star Forever

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

Jordan tossed 40 points over Magic Johnson and the Western Conference All-Stars in front of his own home crowd one 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.

Three seconds to go, the Bulls are trailing 100-99. Larry Nance and Craig Ehlo double-teaming Jordan. Jordan shoves Nance out of the play, waits for Ehlo to drift past, drops the shot on the way down in a panic. Ehlo collapses in shock, and Jordan wing four punches in the air, almost decking Sellers in their first-round playoff victory.

Shootout at the ATL Corral

1990, Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks.

This game is a holdover from NBA 2K11 and is meant to highlight Wilkins and Jordan's scoring ability at the peak of their careers, as well as their rivalry. They did not recreate any of the games that occurred at the time. On January 19, 1990, MJ scored 36 points and Nique scored 26 in a 92-84 Bulls victory.


Cleveland's Richfield Coliseum on March 28, 1990.

Jordan scored 54 points in an overtime victory against the Cavaliers in Chicago. They met in Cleveland four months later for another stunning track meet. Chicago prevailed in overtime again, 117-113, as Jordan played 50 minutes and scored 69 points on 23-of-37 shooting. It also inspired one of NBA history's greatest postgame remarks, when rookie teammate Stacey King said, "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 brutal game plan, which teed up Jordan for hard contact every time he drove to the basket. They were named The Jordan Rules, which was also the title of Sam Smith's 1991 book about the Bulls-Pistons rivalry. Jordan and the Bulls won the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, but not before Detroit beat them on the way to NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.


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

With a five-game NBA Finals featuring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, the Bulls, and the Lakers, the NBA won for the first time since 1990, but the Lakers were all left to play. Jordan's incredible switched-hands layup in Game 2 put him in first place among all scorers.

The Shrug

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

At the height of his career, Michael Jordan scored 35 points, including his seventh 3-point basket of the half, and then turned to NBC play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, who chuckled, as if to say that he didnt know how he did it.

Double Nickel

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

James Jordan, Jordan's father, 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 retired from the NBA, stating he no longer desired to play basketball, and wanted to pursue his childhood dream of playing professional baseball. After a four-game stint, he returned to New York and the Worlds Most Famous Arena, lighting up the Knicks for 55 points.

Fathers Day

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

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

The Flu Game

Game 5, NBA Finals, Delta Center, Salt Lake City on June 11, 1997.

After the championship parade, Jordan contracted a stomach virus two nights before Game 5. The Jazz were a perfect 10-0 on their home court in the playoffs.

Passing the Torch

United Center, Chicago, December 17, 1997.

This is the first game between Kobe Bryant in his second year with the Bulls, and Jordan in his final season with the Bulls. Bryant came off the bench to score 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting. Jordan scored 36, allowing the Bulls to beat the Lakers in a 104-83 victory.

The Last Dance

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

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