Trivia / NBA Jam

  • Big Name Fan: Michael Jackson loved Hang Time, and included it in his own personal arcade at Neverland Ranch.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Players like Tom Gugliotta, Mike Iuzzolino and Blue Edwards are probably better known for their NBA Jam selves than their real life selves.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The announcer for EA's versions of NBA Jam is none other than Tim Kitzrow, who started out as the announcer of NFL Blitz and other similar sports games by Midway (NHL Hitz and MLB Slugfest).
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Due to conflicting player contracts with competing game studios, Acclaim was forced to remove Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal from NBA Jam Extreme's player roster. This also got them cut from Midway's Hang Time rosternote .
    • Some have also claimed that the three players' film contracts that year also kept them from appearing in Extreme. Neither Acclaim nor the film studios confirmed nor denied this.
      • That was true in Jordan's case, as Acclaim had made a video-game tie-in for Space Jam, which used their NBA Jam engine.
    • In 2010, 2K Games gained exclusivity to Michael Jordan's likeliness for NBA 2K11 (Which was his first appearance in a major basketball sim in almost ten years) and onwards, which prevented EA Sports from including him in the 2010 reboot, thus continuing the 20+ year tradition of Jordan being shafted from NBA Jam.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: No, a half-court dunking Superman is not in the game. Nor is a Michael Jordan who can do the same thing; he was busy making another game, Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City. However, a very rare collector's cabinet of the original game did include Jordan on an "All-Star" team with Gary Payton, minus the half-court dunking.
    • there was rumours that certain cabinets of the original Jam were haunted by Drazen Petrovic's ghost,note  as the game would randomly call out his name. This actually happened to Jam team themselves, and while it's officially classified as a bug, Mark Turmell pointed out it didn't start happening until after Petrovic had died, and Jam had long been shipped out. Even to this day, original cabinets of Jam will still call out Petrovic's name.
    • This game was a gold mine for fake hidden characters and odd cheats. Elviscious, Grim Reaper, Kong, Raiden, Reptile, and Sub-Zero were all in beta arcade versions but were eventually cut at the behest of the NBA, but rumors persisted they existed. ESPECIALLY Sub-Zero and Scorpion. New hidden characters were added to the console ports, adding more fuel to the fire.
  • What Could Have Been: A Mortal Kombat themed court was going to appear in Hang Time, but didn't go past the development stages.
    • Again, the series and its spin-offs being the go-to Basketball game for a good chunk of the 90s, yet Michael Jordan - arguably the most dominant player of the 90s - was always left off the roster. Not even the EA reboot could include him.