Basketball is the sport that always unmasks me as a panicky klutz, whether that is in a video game or in real life. I don't see things very well, don't have great anticipation, and overreact to most everything. On defense, it takes nothing to get me in the air, although such a statement implies there is actual daylight between my feet and the hardwood.
So it was with first-date trepidation that I approached today's preview with NBA 2K12. Its predecessor, 2010's consensus sports game of the year, I offered as an overall Game of the Year nominee, largely for its brilliant portrayal of Michael Jordan and the re-creation of his career. But I could not adequately defend the game against criticism that its depth makes it almost prohibitively challenging for a beginner. I'd consider myself about a rung above that, especially since I haven't played it in months. You can ask the 2K Sports guys, my forehead was sweating.