The Friday Five: 5 Great Things David Stern Did For The NBA

David Stern with Hakeem Olajuwon at the 1984 NBA Draft

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

After 30 years, David Stern’s tenure as the commissioner of the NBA came to an end last Saturday, February 1st. For those of us who grew up watching the NBA in the 80s and 90s, he’s the only NBA commissioner we’ve ever known, so it feels a little strange to see someone else in the role. For the first year or so, I’m guessing it’ll be a bit weird to see Adam Silver presenting trophies, not to mention his signature on the basketball.

Last week, Yahoo! NBA posted a slideshow spotlighting five of David Stern’s missteps, a well-chosen selection of some of his most noteworthy blunders on the job. It’s certainly fair to acknowledge failure along with success, but with Stern bashing being such a popular pastime for NBA fans, it’s easy to forget all of the good things that he’s done for the league. Therefore, this week I’m taking a look at five great things that David Stern did during his time as commissioner of the NBA.

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Ultimate Base Roster V3 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC V2

HAWK23 and company have released V3 of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC. The latest release includes updated 2013/2014 season rosters, Draft Classes from 1976 to 2015, new player faces and team artwork, and other enhancements. A rundown of the key features of V3 is as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster (UBR)
  • Added all Draft Classes (1976-2015 [excluding the 1977 Draft Class])
  • Added the 70’s Ult Basketball V1 Roster
  • Added improved animations for players in the UBR
  • Enabled 14, 29, and 58 game seasons in Association mode
  • Added enhanced logos for retro teams by UTP (tweaked by me)
  • Added approximately 125+ CFs added/fixed that were missing
  • A few jerseys were added
  • A few new portraits were added
  • All of the Season Mods from 1980 – 1999 now have Sig Skills
  • Rosters accurate as of 2/6/2014 (compatible/based off Meds)

The Ultimate Base Roster is available to download here. Be sure to check out the release thread in the Forum for more previews, information and support.

February 5th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

LeBron James with the reverse dunk against the Clippers in NBA 2K14 PC

A new official roster is now available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through February 5th, 2014. The transactions that were missing in yesterday’s update for the PC version are now accounted for, as the rosters are fairly accurate and up to date aside from Royal Ivey still being on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s roster.

As always, the new rosters will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you start up NBA 2K14. PC users can also update their game manually using our offline pack, which contains the latest roster and online data files.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #65

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Episode #65 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, featuring a three man panel of Arcane, JaoSming and myself. Join us as we discuss the latest community projects, a couple of new features here on the NLSC, our latest thoughts on and experiences with NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, David Stern’s retirement and more.

  • JaoSming has launched a couple of new weekly features, Dumb Fact Monday and The Tuesday Triple. We talk a little about the first week’s topics.
  • bigh0rt and company have released the initial full version of the March Madness 2K14 mod for NBA 2K14 PC, a tremendous project that even garnered some attention from Kotaku.
  • Millertime2325’s NBA Jam 2K14 project for the Super Nintendo version of NBA Jam Tournament Edition is shaping up quite nicely. Bring on MJ!
  • We’re still having fun with NBA Live 14, but server issues with Ultimate Team raise some concerns about the new generation of gaming.
  • Andrew received a ’92-’93 Michael Jordan card in NBA 2K14’s MyTEAM mode and was instantly transported back to his youth.
  • JaoSming shares some further impressions of MyGM in NBA 2K14, along with a few tips on how to best utilise Virtual Currency.
  • We follow up on a couple of topics from last week including 2K’s official roster updates and Locker Codes.
  • The Saga of Andrew’s NBA 2K13 CD Key finally has a resolution, bringing about a happy ending to a tumultuous journey.
  • We offer a few thoughts on David Stern, who has retired his post as NBA commissioner after 30 years.
  • This week’s episode wraps up with a discussion of the All-Star reserves and a couple of other NBA topics.

Click Play to listen to the show!

We’re always keen to hear your thoughts on the Podcast as well as any of the topics that we discussed, so feel free to have your say in the comments below or here in the Forum. If you’ve got any topic suggestions or mailbag questions, be sure to post them in this thread.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got a bunch of new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC today including player faces, HD arenas, new basketballs, rosters and more. Check them all out at the links below!

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Chris Johnson (SG) Face

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FA Rookies

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Rookie Showcase HD Arena
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Washington Wizard Verizon Center HD Arena
Charlotte Bobcats – Time Warner Cable Arena HD

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All Euroleague Stars in FA Roster (Updated to v4.0)

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New NBA Ball (Adam Silver)

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NBA on TNT – Toronto Raptors

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Vince Carter (Raptors Edition) Title Screen

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2K14 Marvel vs DC vs Mortal Kombat vs Villains vs Horror Team

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NBA 2013-2014 Association Roster w/ Injuries and Picks

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New NBA Ball (Hi-Res)

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Paul George Next Gen Face

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CBS Scoreboard for 16-9 and 16-10 Monitors (Updated to v2.2)

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week – February 5th

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week

Welcome to the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week for February 5th, 2014! This is a weekly feature where the community submits their best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K, with Arcane selecting the ten best videos for a Top 10 countdown.

We’ve had another enthusiastic response from the community this week and an assortment of highlight plays including ankle breaking crossovers, rim rattling dunks and spectacular defensive plays. Check out this week’s Top 10 Plays below or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. Be sure to keep the submissions coming! For more details, check out this thread in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum.

February 4th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

Goran Dragic takes on the Bulls in NBA 2K14 PC

A new official roster for NBA 2K14 has come through on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through February 4th, 2014. However, it seems as though the PC update is still missing the Indiana Pacers’ signing of Andrew Bynum, various minor transactions and all of the injury status updates that he Ronnie 2K mentioned in this Tweet. I can confirm that those updates have been made in the latest roster for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K14.

As always, the latest roster will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360. PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you start NBA 2K14. If you’re on PC and would like to apply the latest update manually, check out our offline pack which contains the latest roster and online data files.

The Tuesday Triple: 3 Things NBA Live 14 Needs

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This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

Since its release, NBA Live 14 has been both deservedly and undeservedly trashed for its gameplay and graphics. While the game is undoubtedly lacking in many areas when compared to NBA 2K14’s next-gen effort, it has provided myself and others with hours of mostly fun gameplay and a strange attraction to keep coming back for more. Even though it can be fun, there are still at least three major areas that need improvement that I can only wish will be included in the mythical yet-to-be-released patch by EA Sports.

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February 3rd Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

Dirk Nowitzki fires away against the Cavaliers in NBA 2K14 PC

New official rosters have come through for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through February 3rd, 2014. Several transactions are still missing in the latest roster however, from players whose 10 days contracts have expired to the Indiana Pacers’ signing of Andrew Bynum, which happened on February 1st.

As always, the new rosters will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you start NBA 2K14. I’ve also added the latest roster and online data files to our offline pack, for PC users who wish to update their game manually.

Dumb Fact Monday: Moving Hair

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This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

For the first entry, I’m taking a look at dynamic hair physics in basketball video games. While I was certain this was a recent breakthrough for the genre, I was surprised to find out that I completely missed the first game to feature player hair that wasn’t cemented in place.

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February 2nd Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

Rajon Rondo drives against the Magic in NBA 2K14 PC

New official rosters are now available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through February 2nd, 2014. Several recent transactions are missing however, including the Indiana Pacers’ signing of Andrew Bynum and the release of various players whose 10 day contracts have expired. A few players’ ratings and injury status have been updated, though.

As always, the new rosters will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you fire up NBA 2K14. PC users may alternatively opt to update their game manually by using our offline pack, which contains the latest roster and online data files.

March Madness 2K14 Mod Released

March Madness 2K14 PC Mod

Project leader bigh0rt has released the first full version release of an NCAA mod for NBA 2K14 PC. Titled March Madness 2K14, the v1 release is easily one of the most comprehensive NCAA mods released for an NBA PC game. bigh0rt‘s description sums it up best;

What started as a simple 5-team Demo has evolved into the most in-depth, accurate College Basketball project the NLSC has ever seen! Accurate looks, ratings, styles of play, presentation, overlays; you name it!

No hyperbole needed, bigh0rt and those helping the project have truly delivered with this mod. Featuring 30 NCAA teams (with plans for expansion) complete with accurate uniforms, courts, team gear, coach profiles, playbooks, and even player gear, ratings, and appearances, bigh0rt’s return to PC modding is nothing short of impressive. Best of all, there are two versions of the mod release: a Lite Version that does not overwrite or conflict with the NBA game, and a Full Version that includes a CBS scoreboard, NCAA fight song soundtrack, authentic dornas, and Association mode support.

You can get the mod and additional information in the Release Thread. It is also worth mentioning that behindshadows is also working on his annual college mod as well, which you can check out here.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

If you’re playing NBA 2K14 on PC this weekend, be sure to check out the community’s latest  additions to our Downloads section. Today’s new files include All-Star jersey and court updates, a custom title screen and a few arenas. Download them all at the links below!

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2014 All-Star Court
2014 East All-Stars Sleeved Jerseys
2014 West All-Stars Sleeved Jerseys

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Gerald Green Title Screen

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Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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Oracle Arena

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Phoenix Suns US Airways Center HD

NBA 2K14 Patch #4 Out Now For PlayStation 4

NBA 2K14 Next Gen: LeBron James

The PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K14 has now received the fourth official patch. It doesn’t contain any gameplay tweaks or enhancements to modes or features, but it does address some serious technical issues including crashes and problems with saved games. Xbox One users have already received the patch, as it was pushed through on January 24th.

For a complete list of the fixes in Patch #4, please see below or check out this post over on the 2K Blog. Feel free to discuss your experiences with the latest patch here in the NBA 2K14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 14 Defensive Playcalling Tutorial Video

Calling for a Full Court Press in NBA Live 14

EA Sports has posted a new NBA Live 14 tutorial video over on the official NBA Live Facebook page. The latest video covers the basics of defensive playcalling in NBA Live 14, providing a succinct rundown of the four defensive quick plays that can be called on the fly: Man to Man, 3-2 Zone, 2-3 Zone and Full Court Press.

Check out the tutorial below after the jump, or watch it here on Facebook if you can’t see the embedded video. If you’ve got any tips about defending in NBA Live 14 or the game in general, feel free to share them in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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