Kobe Bryant Facebook Game: 10 Other NBA Players Who Would Be Virtual Stars
Kobe Bryant is going viral, reportedly taking his stardom to Facebook to appear in a new game designed specifically for the platform.
Though it is not know what the game will involve, the fact that Bryant will have creative input ensure that it will somehow be basketball-related.
Dozens of NBA athletes are already on Twitter, but very few have embraced Facebook as a means of advancing their personal brand and interacting with fans. Bryant is a pioneer in this respect, and will surely be followed by other players over the next few years.
Here are 10 NBA superstars likely to follow Bryant's example, and a potential game they could each release on Facebook.
10. Shaquille O'Neal
Anything Kobe can do, Shaq can do better. Well, that is except for shoot free throws.
Would there be a more infuriatingly challenging game than trying to shoot free throws with Shaq? Just to keep it interesting, Shaq could do a dance or say something outrageous every time he hits one. He does it in real life, so why not on Facebook?
9. Blake Griffin
Anybody who's seen Blake Griffin highlights knows that the man has some serious ups. He excels at rising above defenders, and with a power forward's body he's pretty hard to stop.
He's not too different from one of those cars that jumps rows of school buses. So let's get Griffin jumping over a line of chairs or garbage cans, with the final boss level a dunk from the three-point line. It may not be possible in real life, but with Facebook Griffin can do anything!
8. Vince Carter
Vince Carter has a reputation for hobbling off the floor at the slightest sign of injury.
What would be more amusing than trying to keep Carter on the floor in 1-on-1 match-up against the CPU in which he must try to play with casts, bandages and blurred vision. The level of difficulty would be through the roof and the game would be incredible reinvigorating for Toronto Raptors' fans.
7. Ray Allen
Allen is the best three-point shooter in the game today, so if he were to go viral nothing would be more fitting than a three-point shooting contest. Maybe give it an urban twist so Allen is shooting treys from historic Boston landmarks, like from the top of the Prudential Tower or inside of the Museum of Science.
6. Ron Artest
Let's face it, Artest's off-the-court life is more interesting than his on-the-court life.
So if the Lakers forward were to ever make a Facebook game, it'd have to be based on his non-basketball life rather than what he does on the court. Just living a hypothetical day in the life of Artest would be captivating enough to make this instantly one of the most popular games on Facebook.
5. Chris Paul
Paul is one of the best point guards in the NBA and that means he's very good at one thing—passing the ball.
This might not seem like the most natural choice for an interactive game, but anything with a decent skills element a high-profile athlete will sell. The more accurate the pass, the more points you get. Play the computer, play your friends, play everybody!
4. Glen Davis
Glen "Big Baby" Davis already has a nickname tailor made for a Facebook game, so the only thing left is to make that game into a reality.
Who wouldn't play a game based on a giant baby (no offense, Davis) trying to play professional basketball? Nobody, that's who.
3. John Wall
Wall, the No. 1 draft pick in the 2010 Draft and probable Rookie of the Year, is as talented as he is humble.
He's already started to resurrect an NBA franchise that couldn't possibly have gotten any lower, and is well on his way to a successful career. A RPG game in the style of Madden's Hall of Fame mode would make a lot of sense. Follow Wall as he goes from rookie to All-Star to Hall-of-Famer, guiding him at each step.
2. Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard does two things very well—dunk the ball and block shots.
You could make a Facebook game out of either those, but why not both? Have Howard dunk the ball on one end of the floor and block shots on the other. Better yet, just make it into a dunking and blocking contest.
Can he dunk it with just his pinky finger, or swat the ball into the second deck? These are questions that fans need answers to. It's Howard's duty to his fans to make this game.
1. Kevin Durant
The "Durantula" is one of the best players in the league, and he has an equally awesome nickname to match.
He does actually only have two arms and two legs, but in Facebook land anything is possible. Let's give him four arms and four legs and have him go toe-to-toe with a never-ending army of angry insects. It'd be like Resident Evil—the basketball version. How cool is that?