The Friday Five: 5 Roster Oddities 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. This week’s Five is a list of five oddities found in the rosters of various basketball games.

Whether you’re updating a basketball video game or simply playing it, the accuracy of the roster is probably going to be of great importance to you. Sometimes, that authenticity is limited or compromised by factors such as the roster cut-off date, lockouts, and a lack of licensing rights for specific players. Official roster updates have ultimately counteracted those first two issues, and unofficial updates can provide workarounds for the third. Furthermore, through consistent official updates and user customisation, questionable ratings don’t have to remain a problem for long, either.

Of course, even if certain issues can be easily resolved by official or unofficial means, basketball games have presented some unusual oddities in their default rosters over the years. Sometimes, unusual real life circumstances lead to inaccuracies, or create other interesting situations. In other cases, the game’s roster management functionality itself is cumbersome, or otherwise strange. Whatever the case may be, there have been a number of roster oddities in basketball video games over the years, and today I’m talking about what I feel are five of the most interesting and noteworthy examples.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA 2K13 PC is the latest version of skoadam and slimm44’s fantastic multiseason roster project, U R Basketball. The new release includes the latest transactions and lineups, updated ratings, 2017 All-Star content, and much, much more. Download it at the link below!

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V50 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 09.03.17] (Updated to v50)

Wayback Wednesday: The Dream Team in NBA 2K13

Michael Jordan on the Dream Team in NBA 2K13

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. This week, I’m taking a look back at the Dream Team in NBA 2K13.

There have been several interesting (and heated) debates on the subject over the years, but for my money, the greatest squad of basketball players ever assembled was the 1992 United States men’s Olympic team, better known as the Dream Team. Featuring some of the greatest players to ever play the sport, the Dream Team breezed through the tournament, putting on a show as they won each game convincingly, never once calling a timeout. Their scrimmages are the stuff of legend, and it’s no surprise that they were enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a team in 2010.

With 2012 marking the 20th Anniversary of the Dream Team’s dominant showing in Barcelona, and Visual Concepts looking to expand the amount of historical content in NBA 2K13, adding the Dream Team was a no-brainer. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K17 PC include the latest faces, tattoos, courts, and a couple of other great releases. Check them out at the links below!

Manni Live
Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center HD
Miami Heat American Airlines Arena

The Daemon
Fred VanVleet Tattoo (DDS File Only)
Rodney McGruder Tattoo (DDS File Only)
Malcolm Delaney Real Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)

advinXcola
Derrick Jones Jr. Face
Nicolas Brussino Face
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Face
Rodney McGruder Face
Fred VanVleet Face (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Dallas Mavericks Dornas
Rising Stars Challenge 2017 Mod (Updated to v1.1)

File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

In addition to his 2017 season update for NBA Live 08, Book_Gazette has also released a new roster for NBA Live 2005 PC, accurate as of the trade deadline. Check it out at the link below!

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Trade Deadline Roster

As mentioned above, this is Book_Gazette’s roster update and not mine, so please get in touch with him regarding any issues with the release.

Monday Tip-Off: Pro Stick vs. Shoot Button in NBA 2K (Part 3)

Shooting with the Pro Stick 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. This week, I’m tipping things off with another follow up to my previous commentary on the usage of the Pro Stick vs. the Shoot Button in NBA 2K.

It’s only been a few weeks since I revisited this topic, but there’s been a change in my approach, and a noticeable difference in the results. As you may recall from my previous articles, I’ve tended to stick to using the Shoot Button for jumpshots, while using the Pro Stick for dunks and layups, as well as free throw shooting and moves such as floaters. Given my long history with the NBA Live series, I’ve always felt more comfortable using the right stick for dribbling moves, and sliding my thumb across to the face buttons when it comes time to attempt a shot.

As I said though, my habits have changed over the course of the past month. After spending more time using the Pro Stick, I’ve found that I’m using it almost exclusively. Apart from the odd moment where old habits will break through, or when I trust the game to pick a contextually appropriate dunk or layup animation, I’m using the Pro Stick for almost all of my shot attempts. And you know something? Jumpshots in particular have never felt easier.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 08 PC is the latest version of Book_Gazette’s 2017 season roster update. Lineups have been updated through the trade deadline, and jersey numbers have also been fixed accordingly. Download it at the link below!

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Roster Update – Trade Deadline (Updated to v1.2)

Once again, please note that this update is Book_Gazette and not me, so be sure to direct any and all feedback to him.

Operation Sports Visiting 2K; Send Them Questions!

NBA 2K17: John Wall

Our friends over at Operation Sports will be visiting 2K Sports next week, where they’ll have an opportunity to chat to former community members who are now working on NBA 2K. As such, they’re inviting the community to submit questions for them to ask. If there’s something you’d like Chris to ask, be sure to let him know here over on OS.

Please note however, as clarified here by the one and only Leftos, this interview won’t be touching on any issues related to NBA 2K17, or providing any information about NBA 2K18. The conversation will be focusing on what it’s like to make the transition from a gaming community to the development team, what it’s like to work in the industry, and other developer stories.

I’m also happy to pass along questions that get posted here at the NLSC, either in the comments below, or in this thread that I’ve set up in our Forum. Post them ASAP, and I’ll be sure to shoot them across to Chris.

The Friday Five: 5 Crazy Ideas for 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. This week’s Five is a list of five unorthodox ideas for basketball video games.

While everyone is entitled to their opinion, when it comes to suggestions for basketball video games, there are some ideas that probably don’t need to be explored. At the very least, certain suggestions probably shouldn’t be high up on the list of priorities. For example, I don’t really see the point of Create-a-Fan, and a Referee Mode would be better suited to a professional wrestling game (and even there, I’ve found that the novelty has worn off fairly quickly). That being said, there’s no harm in throwing out some off-the-wall ideas that certainly could be fun.

It’s important that we focus on the important issues with gameplay, game modes, and functionality, and as a gaming community, I believe that we do a good job with our feedback. We have laundry lists of serious and well-thought out constructive suggestions on how the games can improve, but there’s always room to throw out some more creative ideas for extra content and features. Some of these suggestions are a little out there, but could have merit if implemented properly. In the spirit of innovation and trying something different, here are five somewhat crazy (but still reasonably practical) ideas for future basketball video games.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #197

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Episode #197 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss a couple of issues regarding the NBA 2K17 roster updates, our recent experience in online modes and what we might be looking to play instead, and a handful of NBA topics.

On this week’s show…

  • Regular roster updates continue to come through for NBA 2K17. However, on top of a couple of other issues, it appears that the injury-free rosters aren’t actually injury-free.
  • On a more positive note, starting a new MyCAREER will use the most recent official roster. Starting over at 55 Overall is still painful, though.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: We’ve tried MyPARK and 2K Pro-Am, but online play is losing its appeal. MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and MyLEAGUE still hold intrigue however, and we get an idea for a fun challenge.
  • Moving on to the real NBA, our fellow Aussie Andrew Bogut has suffered another unlucky break; literally. Will he end up in the NBL?
  • Adam Silver has indicated that he’d like to make the All-Star Game competitive again. We’re encouraged to hear it!
  • As the 2017 regular season enters its final stages, who are the frontrunners for the MVP?
  • We wrap up Episode #197 of the NLSC Podcast with a milestone by Dirk Nowitzki.

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 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The latest file addition for NBA 2K14 PC is a new version of the U R Basketball mod by skoadam and slimm44. It features up-to-date 2017 season rosters, and 2017 All-Star Weekend updates. Check it out at the link below!

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V50 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 07/03/17] (Updated to v50)

An update for the NBA 2K13 version of URB is also in the pipeline, so stay tuned for that.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 99’s 1998 Rosters

1998 Rosters in NBA Live 99

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. This week, I’m taking a look back at the 1998 rosters in NBA Live 99.

The 1999 NBA season isn’t considered a classic year for the league, but it’s certainly interesting and significant in its own right. It was the first season in which games were cancelled due to a lockout, and indeed, the first time it appeared as though an entire season may be lost due to a labour dispute. It was also something of a transitional season following Michael Jordan’s second retirement, with the defending champion Chicago Bulls being broken up, a lot of key players around the league moving on to new teams, and early signs of a new era beginning in the NBA.

In the midst of the turbulent offseason and prolonged labour dispute of 1998-99, EA Sports released NBA Live 99. Because of the lockout, the game couldn’t ship with the Class of 1998 rookies, but out of the box, it did actually feature updated 1998 season rosters. It’s an interesting and unusual situation, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

It’s time for a new batch of file additions for NBA 2K17 PC! The most recent releases from our modding community include a selection of player faces and tattoos, an update for Madison Square Garden, some classic team jerseys, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden HD Arena

Daemon
Steven Adams Tattoo Update
Malcolm Delaney Real Tattoo

PeacemanNOT
1980s Classic Team Jersey Pack

advinXcola
Fred VanVleet Face
John Cena Face
Domantas Sabonis Face

Shuajota
Rising Stars Challenge 2017 Mod
Matt Barnes Portrait (Golden State Warriors)

Monday Tip-Off: Got Next Gotta Go in MyPARK

Got Next in NBA 2K17's MyPARK

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. This week, I’m tipping things off with my thoughts on the “Got Next” approach in MyPARK.

Along with the other members of NLSC THRILLHO, I’ve been finding 2K Pro-Am a little more frustrating than usual lately. The most recent patch opened up matchmaking across different tiers, which results in more games, but also frequently matches us up against Elite level teams who are more serious about online gaming, or have achieved that status through cheesy builds. We’ve still had some enjoyable games, but a few tough nights, combined with rising frustration with some of NBA 2K17’s issues, have encouraged us to head to MyPARK instead. After an enjoyable experience with Park After Dark #3, it’s something we’ll probably do more often.

Even though I generally prefer five-on-five gameplay with NBA rules, the streetball approach of MyPARK is a fun change of pace. I like the more casual atmosphere, and when there’s only three of us online, a three-on-three game without AI players of questionable skill level feels like a more streamlined experience. I find that I’m less frustrated, perhaps because even though I do want to win and we do compete, losses don’t seem to sting as much in shorter games. However, there is one frustrating element of MyPARK, and it’s something that’s always bothered me about the mode: Got Next. For me, Got Next gotta go.

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