Monday Tip-Off: Decorating MyCOURT & Mulling MyCAREER

Shooting around on a Chicago Bulls MyCOURT in NBA 2K17

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

My NBA 2K17 MyPLAYER is currently sitting at 92 Overall, which means I’m getting close to hitting all the level caps and maxing out my ratings (at least without levelling up MyPARK rep, anyway). This also means that it takes several sessions of Doin’ Work to unlock the next upgrade. With only one Playmaker Badge left to unlock and upgrade through the MyPLAYER Store, and new ratings upgrades only becoming available every other in-game week or so, I’m currently earning more VC than I can spend on improving my abilities.

As such, I can spare more VC to spend on frivolities such as MyPLAYER clothing, and decorating MyCOURT. Having purchased a few of my favourite jerseys and outfitted MyPLAYER with Michael Jordan’s shoes and uniform, I decided that MyCOURT could use some rebranding. I definitely like the changes I’ve made and I’m enjoying MyCAREER a lot, though I have to admit that I’ve been thinking about my future. Normally, I’d prefer to stay put with the team that drafted me, but as of late, I can’t help thinking that I should keep my options open.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC today, namely a work-in-progress historical roster. Check it out at the link below!

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Historical Roster

The Sunday Substitute: Badges in NBA 2K17

The week is in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter, which means it’s time for the Sunday Substitute! It’s the article where I get some valuable minutes while the star is resting on the bench. I might not have the time to do this every week, but I like to think I’m still contributing to the team effort. I have been gaining a few splinters on the bench for the last few months, but today I’m ready to get back into it and talk about badges in NBA 2K17.

Over the past few 2K PRO-AM sessions I have had with fellow NLSC team members, I have learned that badges are vital in online play. Both mine and Andrew’s numbers have gone up considerably since we’ve unlocked significant badges for our respective archetypes. In some games, my shooting has been off the charts because of my Hall of Fame Corner Specialist and Catch and Shoot Badges, and Andrew’s passes have been more on point with the Gold Dimer badge.

Despite how NLSC THRILLHO have improved after acquiring badges, there are still a number of issues that badges seem to be creating online. It seems like lesser-rated players are becoming more overpowered because of outside shooting badges. People are still zigzagging and hitting those perfect jump shots, and corner threes are almost automatic unless you practically foul the shooter.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Our community has a few new releases for NBA 2K14 PC today, including face updates for Cameron Payne and Devin Booker, and an updated Sacramento Kings court. See below for all the download links.

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Cameron Payne Face
Devin Booker Face

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2016-2017 Sacramento Kings Court

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K17 PC include a court update for the Utah Jazz, a new TNT scoreboard, and some custom practice gyms. Check them all out at the links below!

Issy
Utah Jazz Vivint.SmartHome Arena

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Ultimate TNT Scoreboard

Andrew Rodriguez
3 Practice Gyms
Ante Up Court

The Friday Five: 5 Players You Find in 2K Pro-Am

The Friday Five

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.

It took a while for the NLSC 2K Pro-Am squad to click last year, but we had so much fun playing the mode that we definitely wanted to create a squad again this year. As we’ve mentioned on the Podcast, the NLSC THRILLHO – that’s an old Simpsons reference, for those of you who are unaware – hasn’t been winning quite as many games as we’d like. We’re still doing better than last year though, and despite occasionally grumbling about this and that in NBA 2K17 (such as the lack of logo importing before reaching Elite level), we keep jumping on every week to get a few games in. I think it’s safe to say that we’re still enjoying ourselves.

If you play 2K Pro-Am regularly, chances are you’ll encounter the same team more than once. Playing at the times we do, and especially given our location, there are times when we’ll face the same squad two or three times in a single session. This leads to some fun rivalries, not to mention becoming very familiar with certain players. Of course, even if you’re facing a host of different opponents, you’ll certainly run into the same types of players quite often. For your consideration, here is a breakdown of five of the players you’re likely to encounter in 2K Pro-Am.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #185

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Episode #185 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we discuss recent modding releases, issues with YouTubers getting banned in NBA 2K17, and a few other topics of interest from the past week.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off Episode #185 of the NLSC Podcast with a round-up of the latest releases from our talented NBA 2K17 modding community. Some excellent retro mods have been created so far!
  • It seems that Patch 1.06 for NBA 2K17 is in the pipeline. What do we expect it to fix? What do we want it to fix?
  • Dime Magazine recently posted a countdown of the ten funniest glitches in NBA 2K. Which ones have we experienced ourselves?
  • There’s been a lot of dissatisfaction with 2K Sports recently, as several YouTubers have been banned for unclear Terms of Service violations. We discuss 2K’s handling of the situation.
  • What are some of our favourite jerseys that aren’t available in NBA 2K17?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a reminder that career modes have come a long way since NBA 2K10, and the most recent 2K Pro-Am games for the NLSC THRILLHO squad.
  • We wrap things up with a couple of NBA topics, namely Tim Duncan’s impending jersey retirement, and a record for Aussie NBA players.

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Our NBA 2K17 modding community has been very busy lately, as we have yet another batch of new and updated mods for you today. The latest releases include dornas, scoreboards, courts, custom body models, and a fictional Rising Stars jersey. Check them all out at the links below!

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Miami Heat Real Dornas

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Boston Celtics TD Garden

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Euroleague Scoreboard
ESPN Scoreboard
NBA TV NBA League Pass Scoreboard
TNT Scoreboard
NBA TV FanNight Scoreboard
NBA TV USA Basketball Scoreboard
NBC Classic Scoreboard

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Blake Griffin Real Body
Andrew Wiggins Real Body

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Rising Star Jersey

Issy
Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Arena

Manni Live
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans HD Arena V2 (Updated to v2.0)

Wayback Wednesday: My Player in NBA 2K10

Summer Circuit Game in NBA 2K10's My Player

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.

On this day in 2001, the NBA D-League (then known as the NBDL) tipped off its inaugural season with the Greenville Groove hosting the North Charleston Lowgators. The league may have changed its name, and neither of those teams is still active, but over the past fifteen years the D-League has become a stable farm league for the NBA, with several noteworthy alumni. Despite its growth and increasing importance to the NBA, to date the D-League hasn’t had much of a presence in basketball video games. However, it played a significant role in NBA 2K10’s My Player mode, the first incarnation of what is now known as MyCAREER.

Since it’s the fifteenth anniversary of the inaugural D-League season, and I’ve been playing quite a bit of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, I thought I’d look back at My Player in NBA 2K10, while also touching on the D-League’s role in the mode. The possibility of starting out in the D-League is something that quite a few gamers have expressed an interest in seeing return, and the prospect of multiple career paths is something that I find intriguing as well. My Player itself has undergone a lot of improvements on top of being rebranded into MyCAREER, but what was that first version of the mode like?

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #185 Mailbag Call

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This is a last call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for Episode #185 of the NLSC Podcast! Although suggestions are always welcome, regardless of whether or not I post a bulletin about them, I’d like to get back into the habit of putting out a call each week. After all, we want to make sure that we’re talking about the things that basketball gamers want to hear about.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we’ll be recording Episode #185 tomorrow, and there’s room on the docket for a few more topics. As usual, we’d like to keep them along the lines of our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming), community-centric topics such as modding and site history, and related interests such as real basketball and the NBA.

Got something you’d like us to talk about on the upcoming show? Post your suggestions or questions in the comments section below, or in this thread in the Forum. You can also send them in via our Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to connect with us there if you haven’t already!

Thank you to everyone who continues to tune into the NLSC Podcast each week, and send in topic suggestions on a regular basis. It’s great to know that so many people are taking an interest in the Podcast, and seemingly enjoying it as much as we enjoy recording it. Be sure to catch Episode #184 here, if you haven’t already. Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes. We’re also on Stitcher if you’d like to listen to the shows on your mobile or tablet devices. Stay tuned for Episode #185!

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

We’ve got another batch of great file additions for NBA 2K17 PC today, including retro courts, custom sound effects, updated body models, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

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SFX Mod V2

Dee4Three
96-97 Detroit Pistons Court
92-93 Chicago Bulls Court (Replaces Current Bulls Court)
92-93 Chicago Bulls Court (Replaces 92-93 Chicago Bulls Court)
89-90 Washington Bullets Court
93-94 Seattle SuperSonics Court

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NBA TV Scoreboard

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Chris Paul Body Edit
Steph Curry Real Body

TBM
Houston Rockets Arena Pack (Floor/Stadium/Dornas)

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Michael Jordan Headshape & Face (updated to v1.3)

Monday Tip-Off: Fixing NBA 2K’s Grading Logic

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

Something that I’ve complained about on the Podcast, as well as in previous columns and most recently in this Forum thread, is the problematic nature of the grading logic in NBA 2K. Although there have been some subtle improvements in recent years, it’s extremely rare that I play a game of MyCAREER or 2K Pro-Am where I’m not hit with a deduction that leaves me grumbling, and wondering how the grading logic figures that I should be penalised. Even in situations where my grade should take a hit, there are deductions that seem needlessly harsh.

Of course, at a certain point you need to channel those complaints into something more constructive, namely suggestions and solutions. Since we’ve tipped off the NBA 2K18 Wishlist, it’s come time to start talking about some of the improvements and additions we want to see, and how we believe certain problems should be addressed. Since I’ve been playing a lot of 2K Pro-Am and MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, my issues with the grading logic sprang immediately when I was considering what I wanted to talk about this week. Without any further ado, here is an outline of how I feel the grading logic can be fixed in future NBA 2K releases.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We’re tipping off another week here at the NLSC with the latest batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new and updated files include 2017 season rosters, a selection of faces updates, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

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Davis Bertans Face
AJ Hammons Face
Skal Labissiere Face
Malachi Richardson Face
Isaiah Whitehead Face
Malcolm Brogdon Face

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Dwyane Wade Title Screen

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MEAC VS. SWAC Teams And SIAC VS. CIAA Teams

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2016/2017 Air Canada Centre (Toronto Huskies)

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Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.4 Beta)

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Today’s selection of file additions for NBA 2K17 includes several dorna and court updates. Download them all at the links below!

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NBA 2K17 Dornas Project – Chicago Bulls
Philadelphia 76ers Court With Toyota Ads
Los Angeles Lakers Court With FanDuel Ads
Cleveland Cavaliers Real Dornas
Los Angeles Clippers Real Dornas
Saski Baskonia Logo Update

TBM
Cleveland Cavaliers Arena Pack (Floor/Stadium/Dornas)

Dee4Three
84-85 Philadelphia 76ers Court

Manni Live
San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center HD Arena

NLSC Podcast – Episode #184

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Episode #184 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss Patch 1.05 for NBA 2K17, offer up some more thoughts on what might be happening with NBA Live 17, and talk about a couple of other topics from the past week.

On this week’s show…

  • We’ve started the ball rolling on our NBA 2K18 Wishlist, and encourage everyone to get involved in posting some constructive feedback for the development team.
  • Off the top of our heads, what are some of the main issues we’d like to see addressed in NBA 2K18?
  • Patch 1.05 has been released for NBA 2K17, addressing several bugs and tuning a few elements of the game. Some fixes are working better than others, but at least the timeout glitch is gone from 2K Pro-Am.
  • New rosters are also coming through for NBA 2K17 again, and a recent update has added Steve Nash back to the 2003 Mavericks and 2005 Suns.
  • What do we make of the radio silence from EA Sports regarding NBA Live 17? What do we think is going to happen with the game, and what are our expectations?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: tough times and bratty kids in 2K Pro-Am, and a milestone achievement in MyCAREER.
  • We wrap up Episode #184 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk, including Stephen Curry’s record-breaking thirteen three-pointers in a game, and Dwyane Wade’s first game against the Heat.

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.