"You've had a week to digest and debate the Eastern Conference rosters that will be at your virtual disposal starting Oct. 5, when one of the most popular video games of all time -- "NBA Jam" -- makes its long-awaited comeback.
Now, as promised, you get a sneak peek at the West rosters, courtesy again of Stein Line sources in the gaming community.
EA Sports is resurrecting the arcade classic in two formats ("NBA Jam" for the Nintendo Wii and another version of Jam bundled into "NBA Elite 11" for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) after inviting fans to vote for the players they wanted to see from January through March. As you pore through the results of that voting in the West, don't forget these details and caveats:
• Most teams have three current players and at least one legend.
• Nine teams have been granted a fourth active player, usually in cases when EA deemed fan voting too close to call.
• Some teams do not have a legend on the roster, either because of contractual restrictions -- legends must still be a member of the National Basketball Players Association to be included in the game -- or because of a team's relative lack of history.
• Another factor in legends selection: Players who appeared in the original arcade version in 1993 (listed here) received preferential treatment from the gamemakers.
• I'm told that there will be the standard array of hidden players that will have to be unlocked."