NLSC Podcast – Episode #169

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Episode #169 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s a three man booth once again this week, as Arcane, Kenny, and I discuss the latest NBA 2K17 previews, our recent sessions of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16, and a few NBA topics.

On this week’s show…

  • As he was out of town for last week’s episode, Kenny gives his thoughts on league expansion coming to MyLEAGUE and MyGM in NBA 2K17.
  • National teams have been confirmed for NBA 2K17, with Team USA and the Australian Boomers being the first squads to be revealed.
  • The final two pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 have been confirmed, with one of them being the 1992 Dream Team (Charles Barkley included!). We discuss whether or not it’s a fair move to make content like that pre-order exclusive.
  • We also note that Danilo Gallinari will appear on the Italian cover of NBA 2K17, and give our thoughts on the first official screenshot featuring (most of) Team USA 2016.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a rough start for the new NLSC 2K Pro-Am Team – Snoop’s Sliders – and further impressions of NBA Live Mobile.
  • Moving on to some NBA topics, we discuss the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Weekend from Charlotte, due to the ongoing issues with the HB2 bill.
  • NBA Legend Nate Thurmond passed away last week. He was before our time, but we still have a few things to say in tribute to the first NBA player to ever register a quadruple-double.
  • If you want to pick up a Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder jersey, there are some excellent bargains going right now that won’t even set you back a dollar.
  • Amar’e Stoudemire has called it a career, so we reminisce about some of STAT’s highlights.
  • We wrap up Episode #169 of the NLSC Podcast with the return of Trivia Time!

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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.

First NBA 2K17 Screenshot Released

NBA 2K17: Team USA 2016

In the wake of officially confirming the 1992 Dream Team as a pre-order bonus, as well as the presence of national teams, the first official screenshot of NBA 2K17 has been released. As you might expect, it features cover player Paul George, albeit in a USA basketball jersey along with the rest of Team USA 2016.

You can check out the full size image below, as well as in the screenshots section of our newly launched NBA 2K17 portal. I expect that more preview media will be on the way very soon, as we’re less than a couple of months away from the release of NBA 2K17. In the meantime, feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Thanks to PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

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Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses

The final two pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 have now been revealed. It appears as though the leak was accurate, as the bonuses are the 1992 Dream Team, and a USA Basketball jersey for your MyPLAYER. The standard edition of NBA 2K17 will include a Paul George USA jersey as its pre-order bonus, whereas the Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold will instead feature Kobe Bryant’s USA jersey.

It has been confirmed that the entire Dream Team will be included, which means Charles Barkley has agreed to appear in another basketball video game. Sir Charles did appear in NBA 2K13 as a member of the Dream Team, but was notably absent from the 1985 Philadelphia 76ers squad. It remains to be seen whether his inclusion in NBA 2K17 will allow for any other retro teams featuring him, such as the 1993 Phoenix Suns, or perhaps the 1997 Houston Rockets.

Further details on the MyTEAM pre-order packs have also been revealed. The Free Agent Paul George card is rated 90 Overall, and is available as a pre-order bonus for the standard edition. A 99 Overall Free Agent Kobe Bryant card is available with the Legend Edition, while the Legend Edition Gold includes a 99 Overall Free Agent Michael Jordan card in addition to the Kobe card.

Finally, Visual Concepts have officially confirmed the presence of national teams – news first broken by Fox Sports Australia – as they have Tweeted out a photo of Mike Krzyzewski being scanned for this year’s game. Apart from the Australian Boomers, there’s no confirmation of which other national teams will appear in the game at this time.

Your thoughts on the latest news? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in our NBA 2K17 Forum! For a full breakdown of the pre-order bonuses, check out the NLSC Wiki, or take a look at the image below.

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Wayback Wednesday: Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11

Michael Jordan 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 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.

Michael Jordan is the greatest player in the history of basketball. There, that’s a suitably controversial statement to open an article with, these days. For a long time, that was an acceptable assertion to make, but now it seems you’re a bitter old hater if you dare to suggest that there are arguments in favour of teams and players from older eras being superior. Well, contrary to some of the comments that I’ve read on YouTube lately, I would disagree that LeBron James is “clearly better than Michael Jordan”, and that the upcoming season will establish that “fact” once and for all. That’s not a knock on LeBron, by the way; MJ just happened to be pretty good.

Anyway, that’s a debate for another time. At the very least, most fans and analysts would agree that Michael Jordan is one of the best players we’ve ever seen, and one of the most significant and influential people in the history of basketball. During his career, he dazzled fans with his play, and his combination of highlights and success on the hardwood in turn sold a lot of merchandise. In retirement, his brand has remained just as strong. It’s no surprise that Visual Concepts made him the first retired player to appear on the cover of their game, when he became the face of NBA 2K11.

Michael Jordan’s appearance in NBA 2K11 was certainly a big deal, and definitely worth reflecting upon. So, let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC today, as Book_Gazette has released a new offseason roster update. Check it out at the link below!

2016-17 Roster Update

Once again, please note that this roster update was created by Book_Gazette, not me! Please contact him regarding any and all issues, as I cannot and will not provide support for work that isn’t mine. Please also note that I am not currently making any roster updates for NBA Live 08, or any other game. I did however recently re-upload my 2013 season roster updates for archive purposes, as well as offer them up as open source assets for anyone who wants to make future updates. For more information on that, please see this post.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Pick up a new custom global, and jerseys for The Drew League and Seattle Pro-Am, in the July 26th File Additions for NBA 2K14 PC!

Alliance Global

The Drew League and Seattle Pro-Am Jersey and Court Pack

Monday Tip-Off: Reflections on NBA Live Community Events

At EA Tiburon for the NBA Live 16 Community Event

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.

When I logged into Facebook this morning, “On This Day” presented me with a look back at previous posts that I’d made on July 25th. As it happens, on this day last year, I made a post letting my friends and family know that I’d be heading to the United States in the near future. The trip was for an NBA Live 16 community event that was being held at EA Tiburon in Orlando, but as I didn’t have clearance to talk about it openly just yet, I held back on the details and simply posted a teaser photo. I also had to be very coy on the NLSC Podcast, when discussing upcoming playtesting sessions and expressing a desire to be a part of them.

The NBA Live 16 event was one of the best that I’ve ever attended. While the game still had a ways to go – then and now – it was fun to get some early hands-on time with it, and experience the improvements. I also really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with the developers and provide feedback to them directly. On top of all that, the whole event was extremely well-organised, with every detail taken care of, and maximum time allotted for gaming. Past events were fun and productive, but several years of organising them have definitely given EA Sports’ community managers the opportunity to make them better and better.

Since it’s been almost a year since the last one I attended, I thought that I’d reflect a little upon the NBA Live community events that I’ve been a part of. Hopefully, last year’s won’t be the last.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Once again, we’re tipping off a new week here at the NLSC with a couple of file additions for NBA 2K16 PC. Today’s new files are a couple of jersey updates packs for the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, created by pinoy21. Check them out at the links below!

Boston Celtics Jerseys
Brooklyn Nets Jerseys

NLSC NBA Live Roster Links Fixed

Andre Igoudala & Deron Williams in the NLSC Roster Update for NBA Live 08

Now that we’re on our new server, and everything is set up and running normally again, I’ve been trying to tie up a few loose ends. To that end, I’ve re-uploaded my roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, and NBA Live 08 PC, which had been stored on a file server that we no longer have access to. The files are now on our new server, and available to download here:

Please note that these are the same 2013 season rosters that I released three years ago. They have not been updated in any way, just re-uploaded for archive purposes. Furthermore, to pre-empt the inevitable question, this is not an announcement of any future NLSC roster updates for any of those games. I’m just fixing some broken links so that our file archives are complete, and my old releases remain available for anyone who wants them.

Having said that, there is another reason that I’m making sure that those old roster updates are still available. If anyone in the community would like to use them as a base to create their own current rosters for those games, please feel free to do so. I know that there are still people interested in updating and playing the last few PC versions of NBA Live, so I’d like to help out by adopting an open source approach with my previous updates. All I ask is that you give me credit somewhere, as I have spent a lot of time on the roster updates for all four games over the years!

As always, a big thank you to everyone who supported my efforts while I was maintaining the NLSC roster updates for those games; I appreciate all the downloads and kind words over the years! Hopefully, you can still get some enjoyment out of them as-is, or put them to use in making brand new updates. If you’d like to learn more about editing rosters, be sure to check out these DBF Guides in the NLSC Wiki.

NBA 2K17 News Round-Up: National Teams, Italian Cover, More

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

In the wake of the developer blog on MyGM and MyLEAGUE, we have some more NBA 2K17 news this week. Fox Sports has confirmed that the Australian Boomers will be in this year’s game, in the process confirming the presence of national teams in general. The inclusion of national teams was heavily rumoured after gamers noticed an image of Paul George wearing a Team USA jersey in the background of his cover, and it would appear that the speculation was well-founded.

Team USA is obviously a lock to be included, but as of this time, no other national teams have been officially confirmed. However, GameStop UK seems to have leaked a couple of as yet unannounced pre-order bonuses, namely the 1992 Dream Team, and a Paul George USA Basketball jersey. Since PeacemanNOT first pointed this out in the Forum, it appears as though the leaked info has since been removed from the listing. It remains to be seen whether the entire Dream Team will be included, as was the case in NBA 2K13. With the exception of NBA 2K13, Charles Barkley in particular is a notorious holdout when it comes to basketball video games.

Speaking of international teams and players, Danilo Gallinari revealed that he will appear on the Italian NBA 2K17 cover, Tweeting out an image of the cover art. You can also check out the cover artwork below. As of writing, no other international covers have been confirmed.

With any luck, we’ll be getting a more consistent stream of news and previews leading up to NBA 2K17’s release in September. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the latest tidbits? Have your say in the comments section below, and be sure to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Thanks again to PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

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The Friday Five: 5 Most Missed Modes in Basketball Games

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.

Earlier this week, we received some exciting news about upgrades to the franchise modes in NBA 2K17. MyGM and MyLEAGUE will include league expansion, both modes will feature all kinds of customisation options, and a standalone Playoffs mode is also being added to the game. After expressing my frustration at the prospect of a quiet preview season in this week’s Monday Tip-Off, it was definitely satisfying to see the previews for NBA 2K17 get underway with some very welcome news about the franchise modes, which I’ve traditionally been quite interested in.

While we’re still yet to learn anything about MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, or much else about NBA 2K17, I’m expecting another very solid release as far as game modes are concerned. Meanwhile, NBA Live has struggled to provide deep modes since its comeback with NBA Live 14. While LIVE Pro-Am was well-made with a lot of potential for further growth, generally speaking, modes remain a weakness for NBA Live. As I look ahead and hope for improvements in both titles, I can’t help but think about some of the modes that are greatly missed. I would suggest that many basketball gamers would welcome the return of these five modes.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

We have two new file additions for NBA Live 06 PC today: a Golden State Warriors empty arena, and a comprehensive 2006 season art update. Check them out at the links below!

2017 Golden State Warriors Empty Seat Arena

The Real Badger
2005/2006 Art Update

NLSC Podcast – Episode #168

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Episode #168 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are a two-man booth this week, while Kenny is out of town celebrating his 30th birthday. With a lack of meaningful NBA news, it’s a shorter episode, but the past week has delivered us some promising details on NBA 2K17, and an NBA Live 17 rumour.

On this week’s show…

  • After a Monday Tip-Off column lamenting the lack of a preview season, we received a developer blog on the improvements to MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K17. We recap all the details, and offer up our thoughts.
  • An interesting rumour is making the rounds regarding BDotADot possibly providing some motion capture for NBA Live 17. Could we see a lot more signature animations, when the game drops in early 2017?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: A recap of last week’s 2K Pro-Am games featuring NLSC Greatness, recent activities in MyCAREER, and a bargain on a LeBron James card in MyTEAM.
  • We wrap up Episode #168 of the NLSC Podcast with a long-term Bold Prediction by Kenny that turned out to be correct. Unfortunately, he isn’t around to gloat about it.

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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 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today we have a bunch of updated releases for NBA 2K14 PC, including the latest version of skoadam’s URB mod, and dtd’s fictional outdoor courts. Check them all out at the links below!

2K14 U R Basketball V48 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 18/07/16] (Updated to v48.0)

Outdoor Dallas Mavericks Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Denver Nuggets Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Golden State Warriors Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Houston Rockets Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Los Angeles Clippers Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Los Angeles Lakers Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Memphis Grizzlies Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Miami Heat Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Minnesota Timberwolves Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Oklahoma City Thunder Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Phoenix Suns Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Portland Trail Blazers Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Sacramento Kings Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor San Antonio Spurs Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Utah Jazz Court (Updated to v3.0)

Wayback Wednesday: Yao Ming in Basketball Video Games

Yao Ming in NBA 2K16

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.

On this day in 2011, Hall of Famer Yao Ming announced his retirement from the Houston Rockets and the NBA. It brought an end to a career that was unfortunately marred by injuries, but was nevertheless successful, and marvellous to watch. While he wasn’t the first player over 7’3″ to find a home and make a legitimate contribution in the NBA, he remains the only one to achieve true superstar status. Only Rik Smits comes close, and that comparison still greatly favours Yao, to say the least. On the court, he was so much more than just an attraction, an oddity, or another very tall player.

Just as Yao Ming was a star on the court, so too did his digital counterpart find success on the virtual hardwood. Yao was a handy player to have in a Dynasty or Association game, with his combination of height and skill making him a very formidable opponent in the paint. Since it’s the anniversary of his retirement, I thought I’d take a look back at Yao Ming’s history in basketball video games, offering up a few tidbits about his virtual counterpart, and providing a few screenshots through the years.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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