NBA 2K11

Wayback Wednesday: Creating a Legend in NBA 2K11

MJ: Creating a Legend in NBA 2K11

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at MJ: Creating a Legend in NBA 2K11.

NBA 2K11 remains a very highly regarded basketball video game, and for good reason. It was a milestone release in terms of its historical content, and for many gamers, its gameplay still holds up. I’ve talked about it a couple of times in previous Wayback Wednesday features, specifically discussing the inclusion of Michael Jordan, and my efforts to finally complete the Jordan Challenge. In passing, I’ve also mentioned the mode that could be unlocked either by completing the Jordan Challenge, or by punching in the code icanbe23; namely, MJ: Creating a Legend.

Notably different from the incarnations of Creating a Legend that appeared in subsequent NBA 2K games, it’s a mode that a lot of gamers probably didn’t spend too much time with. Indeed, some have probably forgotten about it, if they even realised it was in NBA 2K11 in the first place. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We’ve got some great new releases for a beloved game today. The latest file additions for NBA 2K11 PC include a 1985 Los Angeles Lakers team add-on, a pack of Draft Classes ranging from 2011 to 2017, and face packs to accompany each Draft Class. Check them all out at the links below!

JuicyShaqMeat
1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers
2011-2017 Draft Classes

GR1Z and 2klove
2011 Draft Class Cyberfaces
2012 Draft Class Cyberfaces

2klove
2013 Draft Class Cyberfaces
2014 Draft Class Cyberfaces
2015 Draft Class Cyberfaces
2016 Draft Class Cyberfaces

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2017 Draft Class Cyberfaces

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

It’s been a few months since the last round of file additions for NBA 2K11, but we do have a new upload today. JuicyShaqMeat is back, and has released a new version of the 1993 Phoenix Suns add-on. Check it out at the link below!

JuicyShaqMeat
1992-93 Phoenix Suns (Updated to v1.1)

Wayback Wednesday: The Mysterious 2K Insider

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at the infamous 2K Insider.

When I discussed some of the most memorable characters in basketball video games, it was pointed out to me that I’d forgotten about one of the most noteworthy individuals to appear in the NBA 2K series: the 2K Insider. A mysterious person behind the scenes and in the community, the 2K Insider – known only as “Sy” – was responsible for maintaining the rosters for NBA 2K. Within the games themselves, their avatar appeared as an advisor and mentor, providing basketball insights and offering up words of encouragement, as well as critique.

The 2K Insider hasn’t been a part of the more recent NBA 2K games, as he no longer fits the tone of MyCAREER. 2K has also taken the approach of recognising all the developers, ensuring that we know who is responsible for different aspects of the games, and opening up the channels of communication for constructive feedback. The Insider was a notable figure that led to a fair amount of speculation though, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K11 PC feature a couple of retro faces for Manu Ginobili and Latrell Sprewell, giving them their appearances from the 2005 season. Download them both at the links below!

twnlove & JuicyShaqMeat
Manu Ginobili Face (2005 Version)

MGX & JuicyShaqMeat
Latrell Sprewell Face (2005 Version)

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K11 feature a couple of new 2017 season updates, specifically courts for the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz. Download them both at the links below!

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2016-17 Sacramento Kings Court

JuicyShaqMeat
2016-17 Utah Jazz Court

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA 2K11 PC is another team add-on, featuring a rather interesting squad of players. Check it out at the link below!

JuicyShaqMeat
Universal Legends

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have some more file additions for a classic today, as JuicyShaqMeat (formerly experiment626) has released four new retro team add-ons for NBA 2K11 PC. The latest teams are the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers, all from the 2000 season. To use them in any roster, download the add-ons at the links below!

JuicyShaqMeat
1999-2000 Indiana Pacers
1999-2000 Toronto Raptors
1999-2000 Portland Trail Blazers
1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K11 PC feature the latest retro team add-ons from experiment626. The new releases include the 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder, 2013 Indiana Pacers, 2007 Utah Jazz, and 2007 New Jersey Nets. The┬áteams can be added to any roster you like, so be sure to check them out at the links below!

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2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 Indiana Pacers
2006-07 Utah Jazz
2006-07 New Jersey Nets

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have some new releases for a classic today, as experiment626 has released four nifty retro updates for NBA 2K11, including three team add-ons, and the Phoenix Suns’ jerseys from the 90s. Download them all at the links below!

experiment626
2000-01 Philadelphia 76ers
2001-02 Sacramento Kings
1992-93 Phoenix Suns
1992-2000 Phoenix Suns Uniforms

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K11 PC today, namely experiment626’s latest team add-on, the 2008 Houston Rockets. Download it at the link below!

experiment626
2007-08 Houston Rockets

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have another nifty file addition for NBA 2K11 PC today, as experiment626 has released a 2000s All-Stars team add-on, complete with face updates. Check it out at the link below!

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2000s All Stars

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K11 PC today. Spruce up an old favourite with the latest release from experiment626, which adds a 90s All-Star team to the game, complete with faces. Pick it up at the link below!

experiment626
90s All Stars

Wayback Wednesday: Jordan Challenge Highlight Reel

Michael Jordan vs. Shawn Kemp in NBA 2K11's Jordan Challenge

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content.

A few weeks ago, I ran a series of Wayback Wednesday articles documenting my attempt to complete the Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K11. I was ultimately successful, taking care of my unfinished business and unlocking MJ: Creating a Legend without resorting to the cheat code. Despite some frustrating moments, I ultimately enjoyed the experience, and felt a sense of accomplishment when I finally completed all ten challenges.

While playing through the Jordan Challenge, I captured several videos of moments that I really enjoyed. I didn’t want those clips to go to waste, so I’ve put together a highlight reel from the seven challenges I went back and completed for the feature. Check it out below, or catch it here on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video.

In case you’re wondering, the music is from NBA Live 99, which seemed appropriate given that the game came out the year of Michael Jordan’s second retirement. I hope that you enjoyed the reel; stay tuned for more throwback content, each and every Wednesday here at the NLSC!

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