Dumb Mondays: NBA Video Games Are Unlucky

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

The biggest video game convention of the year is just around the corner with E3 beginning in about three weeks. We might get a trailer, maybe an off-screen sneak peak, but usually the NBA video games at E3 get nothing more than some marketing buzzwords for features and a general idea of which direction this year’s game will be headed. Going into the second year of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases for NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 I am again hoping for more than basic information, but I’m not expecting anything special. It did give me a dumb idea though, maybe NBA video games are a bit unlucky in comparison to other video games.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

For those gamers who are still playing NBA Live 2003, Murat has added a pack containing several missing faces for the previously released A Decade of Rosters project, while Cpt(K) has updated his ENB Series mod. Pick them up at the links below.

Murat’s Missing Cyberfaces for A Decade of Rosters Vol 1.

NBA Live 2003 ENB Series (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re finishing up the weekend with some more file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, including shoes, a face for All Jefferson, and several retro arenas. Please see below for all the download links.

Air Jordan XVI Retro (Joe Johnson PE)

Kevin Parker
Al Jefferson Face

1988-1993 Reunion Arena in Dallas
1993-1994 Reunion Arena in Dallas
1994-1995 Reunion Arena in Dallas
1995-1996 Reunion Arena in Dallas
1996-1997 Reunion Arena in Dallas
1997-2001 Reunion Arena in Dallas
2006-2010 American Airlines Center in Dallas
2010-2012 American Airlines Center in Dallas
1994-1997 United Center in Chicago
1997-1998 United Center in Chicago
1998-2000 United Center in Chicago
2007-2011 Arco Arena II in Sacramento
2011 Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento

NLSC Wiki Contributors Wanted

It’s been a while since I posted a notice about our Wiki, and since Lean has recently designed a shiny new logo for it, I feel it’s as good a time as any to mention it again.

For those of you who may have overlooked the link in the navigation bar here on the main site or in the NLSC Forum, we do indeed have a Wiki. It features articles on every game in both the NBA Live and NBA 2K series, as well as various aspects of gameplay, game modes, and information such as cheat codes and Achievements. You’ll also find several patching resources, including tutorials, DBF guides, and more.

A Wiki is intended to be a community project however, so I’d like to invite anyone with a good knowledge of NBA Live and NBA 2K to help expand and add to our library of articles, to create the ultimate resource for basketball video game fans. If you’re interested, please take a look at our guidelines and feel free to get started! You don’t need to be registered to make edits, but if you’re planning on making a large amount of contributions to the Wiki, I’d certainly recommend it. If nothing else, as with most Wikis, your IP address is publicly visible if you choose not to log in, so a user account helps protect your privacy.

As time goes by, we’ll likely look to give moderator status to Wiki users who are making frequent, quality contributions; if you’re active in the NLSC Forum as well, we can probably set you up with a Contributor badge and some custom profile options as a thank you for your efforts. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Wiki, please let me know, otherwise if you’ve got something to add to our articles, feel free to click those Edit links!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

As you can see, we have a bunch of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today, including current rosters, court updates, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Kevin Parker
Sharp Sweet-FX

slimmXhomicide Roster
Shoes Pack for sXh Roster
Missing Cyberfaces Complete Pack (sXh)

2008-2009 Ford Center in Oklahoma City
2009-2010 Ford Center in Oklahoma City
2010-2011 Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City
2010-2011 FedEx Forum in Memphis
2011-2013 FedEx Forum in Memphis
2013-2014 FedEx Forum in Memphis
1979-1987 Chicago Stadium in Chicago
1987-1994 Chicago Stadium in Chicago
2000-2005 Chicago Stadium in Chicago
2001-2004 Philips Arena in Atlanta
2004-2007 Philips Arena in Atlanta
2004-2006 Oracle Arena in Oakland
2010-2011 Oracle Arena in Oakland
2006-2010 Oracle Arena in Oakland
2006-2007 TD Banknorth Garden in Boston
2007-2008 TD Banknorth Garden in Boston
2008-2009 TD Banknorth Garden in Boston
2009-2011 TD Garden in Boston
2011-2012 TD Garden in Boston
2006-2007 Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland
2007 Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland
2007-2010 Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland
2009-2010 Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland
2010 Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland

More Euroleague Teams Coming in NBA 2K15

The official Euroleague YouTube channel has posted a trailer which reveals that 11 more Euroleague teams will be added in NBA 2K15, for a total of 25 teams. Some of the newly added teams include FC Bayern Munich of Germany, JSF Nanterre of France, Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul of Turkey, and Partizan NIS Belgrade of Serbia.

The video also contains some snippets of Real Madrid guard Sergio Llull, who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets back in 2009. Llull offers some comments on the inclusion of Euroleague teams in NBA 2K and the experience of seeing himself in a video game.

Check out the trailer below or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. Are you excited by the news? Sound off in the comments below, and feel free to take the discussion to the Forum. Thanks to Dragicjecar for the heads up.

The Friday Five: My Answers to 5 NBA Questions

The Friday Five

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.

More often than not, I’m writing about basketball video games in the Friday Five, which only stands to reason; the NLSC is a website dedicated to basketball gaming, after all. However, I like to write about the real NBA as well, and I haven’t done that for a few weeks now. As such, I figured it was about time for another NBA related article.

For this week’s Five, I’ve decided to take five topics related to the NBA that I’ve been thinking about recently, and pose them as questions. For each question, I’ve provided a short answer, along with a few of my thoughts on the matter. So, without any further ado, here are My Answers to 5 NBA Questions.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

If you’re still playing NBA 2K11 PC, you’ll be pleased to know that there are still a few people updating it. We have a new file addition for the game today, namely a pack of player and coach faces for the 2013/2014 season created by LJ. Check it out at the link below!

2013/2014 Player and Coach Face Pack

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Pick up the latest new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC, including a new demo of the NBA JAM 2K14 mod, an updated scoreboard pack, a face for Carlos Boozer, and custom PlayStation controller icons. Please see below for all the download links!

NBA JAM 2K14: He’s On Fire 54-Team Demo (Updated to v19.0)

NBA 2K14 ESPN Scoreboard Pack (Updated to v2.1)

Kevin Parker
Carlos Boozer Face

PlayStation Controller Icons

NLSC Podcast – Episode #78

NLSC Podcast Logo

It’s that time of the week again! Tune in to Episode #78 of the NLSC Podcast featuring Arcane and myself, as we talk about the past week in NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news, some recent modding updates, and the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

  • EA Sports are selecting the NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year. Unfortunately, we’re not in the running.
  • Speaking of contests, we’ve drawn a winner in our latest NBA 2K14 PC giveaway. More giveaways will be coming soon!
  • The fifth patch for NBA 2K14 on PS4/X1 should be dropping any day now. Still no release notes as yet.
  • bigh0rt continues to do some great work with NBA JAM 2K14 for NBA 2K14 PC. The newest addition? The Meme Team!
  • Vlad has provided a quick update on the next big release for RED MC. JaoSming should have more details for us when he’s back on the show.
  • NBA Jam on Android received another update. Unfortunately, the rosters weren’t touched this time around.
  • Servers are being shut down for a bunch of EA games. We discuss server shutdowns and what it could mean for games like NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, which rely heavily on online components.
  • Moving on to the NBA Playoffs, we talk about the chances of the Brooklyn Nets and Portland Trail Blazers, who are facing 3-1 deficits to the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs respectively.
  • The Indiana Pacers were terrible in Game 5 of their series against the Washington Wizards. Will there be an upset after all?
  • Back in the West, the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers continues to be exciting, but not without controversy.
  • We finish up this week’s episode with a quick mention of some recent coaching changes.

Click Play to listen to the show!

Feel free to give us your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome in this thread.

NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year Contest

EA Sports are holding a contest to select the NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year. The community is invited to cast their votes in brackets pitting the top NBA Live gamers and brand ambassadors against one another, with the winner receiving two tickets to the 2014 NBA Finals, with airfare and accommodation included.

Voting is underway for the quarter-final round, which will run until May 18th. Voting for the semi-final round will be held from May 20th-25th, with the vote for the winner running from May 27th-June 1st. The contestants have begun campaigning for your votes, with posts and videos that you can check out over on the official NBA Live Twitter.

Winner of our second NBA 2K14 PC Giveaway

A big thanks once again to everyone who tuned in to last week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast and entered our second NBA 2K14 Steam key giveaway! We’ve drawn a winner at random and this time, the Steam key goes to Armand. Congratulations, we hope that you enjoy the game!

We do have one more Steam key for NBA 2K14 PC that we’ll be giving away very soon, so stay tuned for more information. As I mentioned on last week’s Podcast, we also have a few copies of NBA Live 14 to give away on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so be sure to look out for that contest as well.

NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Lamrock

We certainly love our basketball games here at the NLSC, so when it comes to modes like Dynasty, Association, and MyCAREER, some of us like to share the experience with our fellow gamers. In the Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum, several gamers maintain story threads chronicling their adventures and achievements in the virtual NBA. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of interviews with some of our most prominent storytellers, to get an insight into their experiences and discover why they enjoy maintaining story threads.

This week we’re talking to Lamrock, who has maintained several story threads for Dynasty Mode in NBA Live and Association mode in NBA 2K. Lamrock’s threads, which have featured a variety of teams in addition to his beloved Portland Trail Blazers, are well-known to other story thread enthusiasts for their in-depth coverage and professional articles, as well as blending in some humour.

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The Tuesday Triple: Awesome Old Mixes

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.

Just like the wishlists, mix articles go best in groups of 3. So accompanying articles on my favorite MomentousCeltic mixes and my favorite mixes that I made, I am going to list three of my favorite “old” mixes. “Old” is a weird way of classifying these videos because I know Shady00018 has older ones, but I do feel like there is this subjective line about three to four years ago before the big YouTubers got popular. It will work well enough for this article’s purposes at least, so enough writing, let’s watch some mixes.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a new release for NBA Live 08 today, from a returning S_Brat: a 2014 face pack for the Indiana Pacers. Pick it up at the link below!

2013/2014 Indiana Pacers Face Pack