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Bulls’ Taj Gibson gets all the minutes he can manage in ‘NBA 2K13’

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Updated: December 1, 2012 4:24PM



Taj Gibson’s favorite move?

The Bulls forward likes to toss the ball off the glass in traffic and then slam it down.

And not one dirty look from coach Tom Thibodeau.

If only real life could imitate ‘‘NBA 2K13.’’

The best basketball video game franchise going has done it again, bringing a realism from the hardwood to the gaming system with this year’s version of ‘‘NBA 2K.’’ As in the last few seasons, that means unlocking and playing with some of the NBA legends of the past, with the biggest headliner this season being the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.

Want to start your own career path to the NBA? MyPlayer mode has been renamed MyCareer, where you can create an up-and-coming NBA prospect and role-play him through all sorts of off-the-court situations. You can be a good guy like Kevin Durant or a villain who’s a disruptive force in the organization — basically, Dwight Howard. That means making demands to the general manager and trying to get the coach fired.

Plus, there’s the shoes. It’s all about the shoes in ’13, which means designing your own kicks.

This level of realism has Gibson putting some serious minutes into the game.

‘‘I like how they show the shoes, kicks you’re wearing, how they dress before the game,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘The reality is unreal.’’

What Gibson especially likes is a healthy Derrick Rose guiding his Bulls team. And Gibson’s game incarnation has improved from years past.

‘‘The first year I started playing it, I was a player that had a player rating in like the low 60s,’’ he said. ‘‘I have gradually gotten higher each year, started building up, so I guess I’m doing something right.’’

While Gibson admitted he mostly plays with the Bulls, he’s keeping things real by resisting moving himself into the starting lineup’

‘‘No, play it straight,’’ he said. ‘‘Whenever the subs come in, I come in. But I will admit that there are times I play as myself. It kind of feels weird. It’s kind of wild. That’s why I don’t like doing it too much.’’

Gibson also plays as the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, getting back to his New York roots.

He did have one complaint about the game.

‘‘They gave me a hairline,’’ he said. ‘‘I was like, ‘I don’t have hair.’ But, hey, beggars can’t be choosers.’’



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