The game introduces some new features, several of which involve cover athlete Michael Jordan. The “Jordan Challenge” is a game mode that follows ten of Jordan’s career accomplishments. They are called 69 Points, Double Nickel, Shootout, The Bad Boys, The Arrival and many others. In “MJ: Creating a Legend”, players will receive Jordan as a rookie and guide him to legendary status on any NBA team. As Jordan completes seasons during the mode, players will see his appearance change as he ages. This mode is unlocked after completing all the Jordan Challenges.
Also included in NBA 2K11 is the ability to play with some classic teams from the past. Players can play with the teams in exhibition mode and association mode. Along with being able to play with classic teams, NBA 2K11 also includes classic stadiums that correspond with the classic teams.
NBA 2K11 features an improved presentation to make the game appear even more realistic. With the help from a TNT producer, NBA 2K11 improves the broadcast aspect of the game to make it more like NBA on TNT. This includes seeing players walk off the team bus as they enter the arena during pre-game. While Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg remain the broadcast duo for the game, ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke will be the new sideline reporter for NBA 2K11.
feature where the players can play as some of the artists in the soundtrack.