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The Friday Five: 5 Unpopular NBA Jerseys (I Actually Like)

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

The 2016 NBA regular season is winding down, and we’re still a couple of months away from getting a steady stream of concrete information about NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17. In recent weeks, I’ve been talking a lot about what I’d like to see in the upcoming games, both on the NLSC Podcast and in the Friday Five, and I will continue to do that. However, I thought I’d change things up in today’s Five, and talk a little about fashion. Well, on-court fashion in the NBA, at any rate.

This week, I’m talking about NBA jerseys that tend to be unpopular, or make a lot of “worst NBA jerseys” lists, that I actually happen to like. I can’t defend them all as outstanding or timeless designs, as some of them are definitely products of their era, but I still like them all the same. I know that I’m definitely not alone in liking some of these jerseys, but some fans might declare it to be a sign of bad taste. Nevertheless, here are five unpopular NBA jerseys that I don’t dislike the same way a lot of people do.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #150

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Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I look to the future as we discuss a couple of recent Wishlist suggestions for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17, reflect on our past week of basketball gaming, and react to some recent news and rumours.

On this week’s show…

  • Tipping things off with some Wishlist talk, we ask ourselves: aside from improved gameplay, what’s the one enhancement that would keep us playing NBA Live 17?
  • We also discuss a couple of recent suggestions for NBA 2K17, regarding potential ratings and Badges.
  • Are we bothered by the NBA Live Development Team reaching out to NBA 2K gamers?
  • Rocket League is set to receive a basketball mode called Hoops, which we’re both looking forward to.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has included some time with Ultimate Team, Pro-Am, MyCAREER, and a few retro titles.
  • NBA referee Joey Crawford has retired effectively immediately, due to his knee injuries.
  • Speaking of knee injuries, Jahlil Okafor is set to miss the rest of his rookie season after tearing his meniscus.
  • Could Phil Jackson return to the sidelines, only coaching the New York Knicks during home games? It seems Carmelo Anthony isn’t a fan of the idea.
  • Ben Simmons has been dethroned in the mock draft over at Draft Express. He’s also been hit with a couple of unflattering comparisons.
  • We wrap up Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions, in which Arcane is back at .500, and Andrew is still seeking his first point. Of course…

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #149

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Looking for your weekly fix of basketball video game discussion? Tune in to Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast, in which Arcane and I discuss the latest news and updates for NBA Live and NBA 2K, what we’ve been up to in basketball gaming, the past week in NBA action, and more, including your mailbag submissions!

On this week’s show…

  • Over 100+ new items have been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16. Unfortunately, the issue with standing dunks remains unresolved.
  • A new playbook and gameplan update has been pushed through for NBA 2K16. Are we expecting any more major updates for either game?
  • Does NBA Live need to focus less on NBA 2K, and concentrate on being itself?
  • We reminisce about the days when there were more than two basketball games on the market, and discuss the kind of releases we’d like to see.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Dusting off old favourites, and getting them to work in 64-bit Windows.
  • If the opportunity presented itself, would we join the NBA Live Development Team?
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we chat about Stephen Curry and the Warriors, Russell Westbrook’s big triple double, dysfunction in Cleveland, a new home for Dwight Howard, and a couple of surprising teams.
  • What do we think of Ben Simmons’ potential $100 million shoe deal? What will he mean for Australian basketball?
  • We wrap up Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. Is Andrew on the board yet? (Come on, what do you think?!?)

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #148

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Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! In our first show for March 2016, Arcane and I discuss an important fix in last week’s roster update for NBA Live 16, cheaters in the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament, Stephen Curry’s big week, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with a reminder about our Wishlist threads for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17.
  • We’re pleased to say that the issue with dunk packages that we discussed last week has been resolved in the latest roster update for NBA Live 16.
  • A lot of NBA 2K streamers have been showing NBA Live 16 some love, and the response from their viewers has been quite favourable as well.
  • The Week 3 winners of the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament on Xbox One have been disqualified for game fixing. We don’t feel sorry for them.
  • Once again, we touch on the on-going discussion of how Stephen Curry can be accurately represented in basketball video games.
  • A recent incident leads to another reminder about rudeness and constructive criticism in the modding community.
  • What have we been doing on the virtual hardwood as of late? Find out in the latest edition of Our Week in Basketball Gaming!
  • Stephen Curry had a huge week and proved a couple of NBA Legends wrong, but is everyone really a hater?
  • “Buyout season” has a few players changing teams ahead of the Playoffs push.
  • We recap the Miami Heat’s impressive performance against the Chicago Bulls, in which Hassan Whiteside continued his strong play off the bench.
  • Who are our favourite active NBA players?
  • Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #147

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It’s time for this week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast! In Episode #147, Arcane and I discuss another NBA Live 17 tidbit, reflect on our past week in basketball gaming, react to the 2016 NBA trade deadline, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • Basketball skill development coach and former Harlem Globetrotter Derick Grant revealed that he has been participating in some motion capture sessions for NBA Live 17.
  • Unfortunately we can’t play it ourselves, but NBA Live Mobile has been receiving some positive reactions from gamers.
  • We discuss an unfortunate bug in the NBA Live 16 rosters that is affecting this year’s rookie crop.
  • The NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15 servers are still up and running. As you’d expect though, there’s not a lot of activity.
  • Mike Wang’s comments on Stephen Curry causing problems in the development of NBA 2K leads to some thoughts on realism in basketball video games.
  • More MyCAREER and Ultimate Team tales as we discuss our week in basketball gaming.
  • We talk about the reasons people go back and patch older games like NBA Live 08, and our enthusiasm for getting involved every once in a while.
  • The trade deadline did not exactly live up to our expectations…or for that matter, our predictions. We recap all the recent player movement.
  • Shockingly, the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Golden State Warriors a 32 point loss. They’re still on track to challenge 72-10, though.
  • It’s not looking promising for Chris Bosh, as he’s on the verge of being shut down for the second straight season due to health problems.
  • Sean Marks has become the first Kiwi to get an NBA GM gig. As Aussies, we ponder how we can piggyback on the achievement.
  • We wrap up Episode #147 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #146

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Tune in to Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast! This week, Arcane and I discuss some NBA Live 17 news, react to the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, speculate on this year’s trade deadline, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA Live 16 received a new patch last week, including the All-Star court and jerseys, and new Ultimate Team challenges. BIG Moments have also finally been updated!
  • A few more people seem to be playing LIVE Pro-Am, which is promising.
  • NBA Live is returning to the mobile platform with a free game. Since the list of platforms is expanding, can we get a PC version, please?
  • NBA Live 17 will reportedly add venues for the Goodman League, Drew League, and Dyckman Basketball Tournament. Sounds good to us.
  • What do we think NBA Live 17 needs to do to grab attention and generate interest among basketball gamers?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes more Ultimate Team stories, and some MyCAREER advice.
  • The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend is in the books. We loved the Slam Dunk Contest; the All-Star Game, not so much.
  • We list our top three favourite All-Star Weekends of all-time. Yes, there are some old school picks in there.
  • Chris Bosh is reportedly facing another health scare, though the Miami Heat are insisting otherwise.
  • Who’s changing address at the trade deadline? We run down some of the rumours making the rounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. One of us really, really needs to turn things around.

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The Friday Five: Revisiting My Predictions for the 2016 NBA Season

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

With the All-Star Weekend upon us, we’re essentially at the midway point of the 2016 NBA season. Normally I discuss a topic related to the NBA’s midseason classic in the Five that precedes the All-Star Weekend, but this year, I wanted to do something a little different. This time, I wanted to look back at some predictions I made at the start of the season, and see how I’m faring so far. If you’re a regular listener of the NLSC Podcast, you know how well my NBA predictions generally turn out!

That said, I’m actually not doing too badly. While there’s still quite a few games left to play, several weeks during which time a lot of things can change, a couple of my predictions aren’t too wide of the mark. One has turned out to be a jinx, and two are looking quite precarious, but the other two stand a good chance of being correct. So, without any further ado, let’s revisit the five predictions I made for the 2016 NBA season, and see how each of them are looking at the halfway mark.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #145

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We’re back to our usual timeslot this week, with Episode #145 of the NLSC Podcast! This week, Arcane and I are talking Wishlists, our recent experiences with NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • Our official Wishlist threads for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 are now open, so start posting your constructive feedback!
  • We reflect on All-Star Weekend in NBA Live, and fantasise about its return.
  • A list of players missing from NBA 2K16’s historical teams has been posted over on Reddit, leading us to wonder about the future of retro teams.
  • What have we been doing in NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 this past week? We recap our latest adventures on the virtual hardwood.
  • How did we originally find the NLSC and get involved with it? We answer a mailbag question about our history with the site.
  • Who are some our favourite fringe NBA players? Have we ended up acquiring any of them in our franchise games?
  • Derek Fisher is the latest head coach to get the axe. The circus continues in New York.
  • ESPN has named Michael Jordan the greatest NBA player of all-time in a recent feature. We don’t disagree.
  • The NBA is considering changing the Hack-a-Whoever rules. We’re not heartbroken.
  • Blake Griffin has been suspended for his altercation with an assistant equipment manager. Meanwhile, Markieff Morris is still trying to force his way out of Phoenix.
  • The 2016 All-Star Weekend is almost upon us. We run down our official predictions.
  • After double-checking the date for our next show, we also give our Bold Predictions for this week.
  • We wrap up Episode #145 of the NLSC Podcast with another trivia game, and an interesting note regarding LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #144

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We’re a little late again this week, but our streak is alive as Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I discuss recent news and events in basketball gaming, bring back a couple of segments, and talk about a few NBA topics including the upcoming 2016 All-Star Weekend.

On this week’s show…

  • The NBA Live 16 rosters have been updated, but do not include this year’s All-Star teams, jerseys, or court. We also touch on the continued lack of updates to BIG Moments and NBA Rewind.
  • Following our speculation last week, the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pro-Am tournament has tipped off with pre-season play. Unfortunately for PC gamers, it appears to be console only.
  • Take Two is being sued over the unauthorised use of certain players’ tattoos in NBA 2K16. Fair or foul?
  • Returning in this week’s NLSC Podcast, Our Week in Basketball Gaming! This week, it’s all about Ultimate Team, MyCAREER, and a rant about sore losers online.
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes we’ve made in franchise modes over the years?
  • Do we have any plans to get into some NBA 2K16 modding?
  • Jeff Hornacek has been fired by the Phoenix Suns, and replaced by Earl Watson. Not altogether surprising.
  • With the trade deadline looming, we look at some rumours making the rounds, and consider who might be changing teams. Will any big names be wearing new jerseys after the deadline?
  • We give our thoughts on the suggestion that Kobe Bryant will shut it down after All-Star Weekend.
  • The participants for the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout have been announced, so we throw out some early predictions.
  • Could Kevin Durant end up with the Golden State Warriors next season?
  • In this week’s Bold Predictions…more of the same. The slump has to end sometime, right?
  • We wrap up Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast with the return of Trivia Question, featuring a tidbit from beyond the arc.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #143

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We’re coming at you a little later this week, but Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss recent updates for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, give our thoughts on the 2016 All-Star selections, answer a few mailbag questions, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with a look at recent NBA Live 16 updates, including thoughts on the latest rosters, and the lack of content for BIG Moments.
  • EA are dropping out of E3, in favour of hosting their own event, EA Play. The event will be open to the public, and will feature hands-on game demos.
  • Speaking of EA, we also touch on some recent comments Andrew Wilson made about changing the company’s image.
  • Patch #5 has been released for NBA 2K16. Its focus suggests that the Pro-Am Road To The Finals tournament isn’t too far away.
  • The starters and reserves for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game have been announced. We recap the selections, and give our thoughts.
  • We reflect on the selections for the Rising Stars Challenge, which were also recently announced.
  • David Blatt’s unexpected and virtually unprecedented firing got a lot of people talking in the past week, so it’s our turn to weigh in on the situation.
  • Last week, we discussed players who might be traded. One of them has been, as Josh Smith has been sent back to the Houston Rockets.
  • We compare the 1996 Chicago Bulls to the 2016 Golden State Warriors. Who would win, what would the match-ups be like, and how close would it be?
  • Who are some of the biggest Draft busts that come immediately to mind? Unfortunately, MJ has picked a couple of them.
  • We’ve both come up empty in Bold Predictions the last couple of weeks, which means Andrew is still yet to get on the scoreboard. Surely, this is the week it all turns around!
  • We wrap up Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast with a bizarre incident involving Blake Griffin.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 NBA All-Star Snubs – 2016 Edition

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

With last week’s announcement of the starters and this week’s unveiling of the reserves, we now know the 24 players who will be competing in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Toronto on February 14th. Barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, there’ll be a lot of deserving talent putting on a show at the NBA’s 65th midseason classic. Of course, should a few of them have to withdraw, there are a handful of players who have a case to take their place. And that’s where the topic of All-Star snubs comes in.

I have to admit that it was a bit difficult to put together a top five list of All-Star snubs this season. Outside of a couple of noteworthy names, almost all of the standout performers have either been voted in by the fans, or selected by the coaches. Additionally, there are only a couple of selections that you could really argue against, and even then, they’ve got a case to be there. Still, there’s no reason to avoid a topic just because the choice is difficult, so without any further ado, here are my picks for this year’s top five NBA All-Star snubs.

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Wayback Wednesday: Ramblings of a Disappointed Bulls Fan

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Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

I’m still working on some new videos for Wayback Wednesday and our other featured content, so this week I’m digging into the archives to look back at another old article. This is a lengthy piece I wrote about the Chicago Bulls in the wake of Ben Gordon’s departure in the offseason of 2009, something that I certainly wasn’t thrilled about at the time. A fair bit has changed since then, so I thought it’d be interesting to post it again, and provide some follow-up opinions and commentary.

As usual, I’m presenting the article more or less as it was originally published. That means if I come across any grammatical or punctuation errors, I’m curbing any urges to edit them, and running with the piece as-is; the only changes I’ve made are the addition of some images to break up the text, and a correction of a misspelling of LaMarcus Aldridge’s name. My apologies if it’s a bit of a difficult read, but as always, it’ll hopefully highlight my improvement as a writer.

With that said, let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #142

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It’s Thursday once again, so a new episode of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are fulfilling our digital broadcasting duties this week with Episode #142, featuring more topics related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and the past week of action in the NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • We discuss the most recent NBA Live 16 roster update, including the addition of Elton Brand and the latest ratings adjustments.
  • A rumour regarding the expansion of the NBA Live development team has been brought to our attention. We don’t have any inside information, but we have a few thoughts on the possibility all the same.
  • The good news: face scanning has come to NBA 2K16 PC. The bad news: a lot of gamers probably won’t be able to take advantage of it, at least not yet.
  • We reflect on the issue of content creators getting burned out, talking about our own experiences and offering some advice.
  • Jimmy Butler became the fourth Chicago Bulls player to score 50+ points. On a less positive note, it looks like Joakim Noah is out for the season.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day saw some wild games in the NBA, including a career high 52 points by Kemba Walker.
  • A couple of players from the Class of 1999 are looking to make a comeback in the NBA.
  • Matthew Dellavedova has been voted the dirtiest player in the league. Will we still defend our fellow Aussie?
  • Andre Drummond set a new record for free throws missed in a single game. We take the opportunity to discuss the Hack-a-Whoever strategy.
  • We offer up some suggestions of players who may be traded before or at the deadline.
  • The NBA might appeal to international fans – like us – by scheduling some morning games in the future. Yes, we’re all for it.
  • This week’s Bold Predictions see…well, more bold predictions. Last week wasn’t kind to us.
  • We end Episode #142 of the NLSC Podcast with an interesting trivia note coming out of the Chicago Bulls/Golden State Warriors game.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #141

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It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another episode of the NLSC Podcast! In Episode #141, Arcane and I discuss the future of NBA Live and NBA 2K, NBA Jam trivia, and the latest NBA news and results as we find ourselves at the midway point of the 2016 season.

On this week’s show…

  • Has EA Sports done enough to create interest in NBA Live 17, or will the plug be pulled? Do they need to be doing more with NBA Live 16 to drum up interest for this year’s game?
  • What’s holding EA back from releasing a game that can compete with 2K?
  • We discuss some of the issues with animations in both NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16.
  • With the NBA All-Star festivities not too far away, we reminisce about All-Star Weekend in NBA Live. Do we want EA to bring it back? You can probably guess our answer to that one!
  • Fox Sports Australia recently posted some NBA Jam trivia, which we quickly recap and reflect upon.
  • Which mode do we prefer in NBA 2K: MyLEAGUE, or MyGM?
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we mention a couple of notes from the past week, and run through a few midseason surprises and disappointments.
  • The second returns for this year’s All-Star balloting have been released. The likely starters are becoming clearer, so we talk about some candidates for the reserves.
  • Which Chicago Bulls player is most likely to be traded: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, or Jimmy Butler?
  • We revisit the question of which number the Los Angeles Lakers should retire for Kobe Bryant.
  • Should Kevin Garnett receive a similar send-off to Kobe?
  • In this week’s Bold Predictions for Next Week: Andrew still isn’t on the scoreboard. Will his latest prediction break the drought?
  • We wrap up Episode #141 of the NLSC Podcast by naming the team we’d buy if we won this week’s big Powerball jackpot.

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The Friday Five: 5 Times Joey Crawford Was a Terrible Referee

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

In case you weren’t aware, long-time NBA referee Joey Crawford will be hanging up his whistle at the end of the season. Crawford, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, told the Delaware County Times that he hopes to return to the court in March, but will be calling it a day once the season is done. In the article I’ve linked to there, it’s noted that Joey Crawford is held in high regard by the NBA family, mentioning that he even received the Golden Whistle Award. I have to admit, that really, really puzzles me.

That’s not to say that Joey Crawford has never done his job properly. We tend to focus on the negatives; the one time out of ten that there’s controversy, instead of the other nine times that were unremarkable. Still, to simply acknowledge that Joey Crawford is “controversial” and “colourful” is putting things very mildly, to say the least. From incorrect and downright strange calls, to diva-like and attention-seeking behaviour, to needlessly interfering with the play and even losing his temper, some of Crawford’s worst antics have sullied the sport. So, for this week’s Five, I’m listing the best of his worst, namely five times that Joey Crawford was a terrible referee.

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