NBA Live 16 Receives Minor Offseason Roster Update

Derrick Rose on the New York Knicks in NBA Live 16

While EA Sports have previously mentioned that they have no concrete plans to release any further roster updates for NBA Live 16, it seems that we may be in luck after all. A very minor offseason roster has been pushed through featuring a few of the pre-Draft moves, such as the trade that sent Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks.

The roster is dated July 7th, so it was obviously finalised before any free agent signings were made official. As such, Kevin Durant is still on the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dwyane Wade is still on the Miami Heat, Dwight Howard is still on the Houston Rockets, and so on. With many players now signing the contracts they agreed to at the beginning of free agency, those moves should be included in any future roster updates.

There aren’t any rookies in the new roster either, but if the offseason roster updates do continue, it seems possible that they might be added. As demonstrated in this Tweet from Ty Stover, Manager/Marketer at EA Sports, the team is using the Summer League to get the rookies in to have their faces scanned. That would obviously provide them with assets they can not only use with the console version of NBA Live 17, but also roster updates for NBA Live 16.

With NBA Live 17 being delayed until early 2017, pushing through offseason roster updates for NBA Live 16 is a great way to maintain brand awareness, and promote goodwill with basketball gamers. It’s something that we’ve discussed at length on the NLSC Podcast, and I’m glad to see it happening. Hopefully, EA will continue to update the rosters through the offseason, from free agent signings to this year’s rookie crop. We’ll be sure to keep you posted of any further developments. In the meantime, see below for a couple of screenshots of Derrick Rose and Robin Lopez on their new teams.

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons My MyPLAYER is a Point Guard

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.

One of the reasons I’ve always loved the franchise modes in basketball video games is the fact that there’s so much to do. You’re in control of everything, as you play so many roles: coach, GM, and every player on the team. Not having full control is an interesting change of pace however, which is why I’ve also taken an interest in MyCAREER, and more recently, 2K Pro-Am. When I create my MyPLAYER with an eye towards playing those modes, point guard has become my position of choice.

It wasn’t always that way, though. When I was a teenager playing basketball in my local league, I was one of the taller kids, so I played centre and power forward. As a result, I do have an appreciation for (and bias towards) post play, and mixing it up in the paint. I also enjoyed taking the occasional three-pointer once I got better at knocking them down, and Michael Jordan is my all-time favourite player, so my early attempts at MyCAREER were with a MyPLAYER who was a shooting guard. So, what changed, and why do I now prefer to run the point instead?

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #166

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We’re back to our regular schedule this week, with Episode #166 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane, Kenny, and I as we talk about the release of NBA Live Mobile, recent NLSC Greatness games in 2K Pro-Am, and the latest offseason movement, including Kevin Durant’s surprising departure.

On this week’s show…

  • The server move is complete and a few lingering problems have been addressed, so it should be business as usual from here on out!
  • NBA Live Mobile has been released worldwide for Android and iOS devices. We offer up some initial impressions of the game, and touch again on the future of NBA Live on consoles.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Another win for NLSC Greatness, grinding towards 99 Overall, and paying towards 88 Overall.
  • Kevin Durant has shocked the basketball world by joining the Golden State Warriors. What does this mean for next season, and his legacy?
  • We give our thoughts on the other major offseason moves from the past week, including Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo to the Chicago Bulls.
  • Episode #166 of the NLSC Podcast ends with our new favourite game, Trivia Time! Can you answer questions about some old school basketball games before Arcane and Kenny?

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

Our Downloads section appears to be working properly again following the server move, so here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! They include draftee faces, courts for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, and updated 2016 offseason rosters. Download them all at the links below!

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Buddy Hield Face [SS47]
Ben Simmons Face [SS47]

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Golden State Warriors 2015/2016 HD Court
Sacramento Kings 2015/2016 Alternative Court

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2K14 U R Basketball V47 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 06/07/16] (Updated to v47.0)

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Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.0)

Wayback Wednesday: Free Agency in NBA Live 2004

Jason Kidd dribbles the basketball in NBA Live 2004

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.

The first couple of weeks of free agency tend to be the most exciting part of the offseason. Twenty years ago, Shaquille O’Neal departed the Orlando Magic for the Los Angeles Lakers, signing one of the first $100 million dollar contracts. Six years ago, it was LeBron James’ turn to shock the basketball world, when he took his talents to South Beach. Just this week, Kevin Durant has just stirred up a mix of excitement and controversy with his announcement that he’ll join the Golden State Warriors. Of course, we’ve been able to make our own shocking signings in video games since Franchise Mode in NBA Live 2000, which became Dynasty Mode in NBA Live 2004.

Speaking of NBA Live 2004’s Dynasty Mode, it featured a couple of quirks when it came to free agency. While the mode added some nifty features that its predecessor lacked, it was afflicted by a couple of issues that did detract from the experience…or enhanced it, depending on how much you cared about realism and challenge. Thankfully, those issues were resolved in NBA Live 2005, but while we were all still playing NBA Live 2004, they were something that Dynasty gamers would consistently encounter.

Which issues am I referring to? Well, let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live Mobile Launches Worldwide

Tip-Off in NBA Live Mobile

Following the initial soft launch in Canada, NBA Live Mobile is now available worldwide. The game, which is available free for Android and iOS devices, features five-on-five gameplay and card-based team building, similar to Ultimate Team in the console versions of NBA Live. Not unlike Ultimate Team, NBA Live Mobile does feature microtransactions, for anyone who wishes to spend real money on immediate boosts.

Gameplay consists of Live Events, which are skills challenges that are inspired by what’s happening in the real NBA, as well as a two minute quarter in-game scenarios. Modes include Head-to-Head games, Season Mode, Friends Matches, and League play. Star players from yesterday and today are included in NBA Live Mobile, with Special Abilities providing enhanced versions of players that will give your team an extra boost.

Once again, NBA Live Mobile is available through the Play Store for Android, and the App Store for iOS. A console version of NBA Live 17 is currently slated for release in early 2017; we’ll try to get some more information on that as soon as we can. In the meantime, we’ll be discussing NBA Live Mobile in this week’s NLSC Podcast, but if you pick up the game yourself, be sure to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. For a breakdown of the key features of NBA Live Mobile, please see below.

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NLSC Podcast Episode #166 Mailbag Call

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With every getting back to normal after our server move, Episode #166 of the NLSC Podcast should be out at the regular time this week. As such, I’m putting out an early call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for the next show.

We’ll have our regular chatter about our past week of basketball gaming, as well as the latest offseason news – including Kevin Durant’s big decision – but there’s definitely room on the docket for more topics. If there’s something you’d like to hear us talk about that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, basketball gaming in general, the real NBA, or the community, please let us know! We will consider other topics, but generally speaking, we would prefer to keep the show centred around our core content.

Having said that, if you have any suggestions, please hit us up in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also contact us via our Facebook and Twitter; if you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, now’s as good a time as any to hit those Like and Follow buttons.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the NLSC Podcast! We really appreciate everyone who continues to tune in every week, and send us feedback and topic ideas. If you need to catch up on Episode #165, released on Sunday night, you can tune in here. Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes, as well as find us on Stitcher if you’d like to listen to the shows on your mobile or tablet devices. Stay tuned for Episode #166!

Monday Tip-Off: Superstition & Basketball Gaming

Kyle Lowry dribbles the basketball 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.

Our server move is now complete! While we’re still ironing out a few issues and making sure that everything is working as intended, most of the basics seem to be in order. That means I can get back to spending some more time creating content, and actually talking about basketball video games. I’ve been compiling some ideas for future columns, as well as some videos that I’d like to try to make in the coming weeks. This week, however, a fun idea for a topic came to mind: superstition and basketball gaming.

I don’t think of myself as a very superstitious person in general – my uncanny ability to jinx NBA teams aside – but over the years, I’ve developed a few habits when it comes to basketball video games. It may not be entirely accurate to call all of them superstitions, but it does make for a catchy title, so I’m going to run with it anyway. Basically, they’re the little things that I do in the hopes that they’ll improve my chances for success on the virtual hardwood.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #165

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Better late than never! Our server move is complete, so here is Episode #165 of the NLSC Podcast. This week, Arcane, Kenny, and I discuss more ups and downs while playing 2K Pro-Am, the 2016 NBA Draft, a wild start to the offseason, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • It took a little longer than we had hoped, with more interruptions than we anticipated, but we’ve moved to our new home. We’re looking forward to bigger and better things!
  • There wasn’t a lot of gaming news to catch up on this week, but we put out another reminder that there are a couple of days left to pick up NBA 2K16 for PS4 through PlayStation Plus.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: our latest 2K Pro-Am experiences, including a shameful confession. Also, a spooky tale (or not) about NBA Live 97 Super Nintendo cartridges that seem to have a mind of their own.
  • We offer up a few thoughts on the 2016 NBA Draft, which saw Ben Simmons taken first overall, and a great pun related to the Chicago Bulls’ recent moves.
  • It’s been a crazy start to the offseason, with notable names changing teams and a lot of money being thrown around. We react to the latest free agency talk, from Mike Conley’s historic deal to further speculation on Kevin Durant’s future.
  • Episode #165 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a new edition of Trivia Time!

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.

NBA 2K16 PlayStation Plus Reminder

Kevin Durant takes on the Warriors in NBA 2K16

A quick reminder to any and all PlayStation 4 users with an active PlayStation Plus subscription: NBA 2K16 is still available for your Instant Games Collection. If you haven’t picked up the game yet, or you’ve been playing on PC and would like to double-dip, this is an excellent opportunity to get it at no extra cost.

It will only be available until July 5th however, so act fast if you want to add the game to your collection. Note that you don’t need to download NBA 2K16 right away; it weighs in at around 50 GB, so if your hard drive is full, or you’re having connection problems, simply add it to your collection so that you can download it later. It will remain accessible as long as you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription. More details can be found here in the PlayStation Store.

If you do take advantage of the offer and pick up NBA 2K16 for PlayStation 4, be sure to join us in discussing the game here in the NLSC Forum! Please be advised, however, that the mods in our Downloads section are not compatible with the PS4 version. Several users have made all sorts of custom rosters that are available through 2K Share, including offseason rosters, so be sure to check them out.

The Friday Five: 5 Things You Learn During a Server Move

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.

If you’re tried to visit the NLSC throughout this week, you’ll have found that we’ve been out of service for much of it. If you’re reading this now, however, chances are everything is back to normal and our big server move is finally complete. I was hoping to avoid having this much downtime, but we ran into a few complications along the way. As I’m writing this week’s column, we’re fortunately in the home stretch of the server move, and it won’t be long before it’ll be business as usual. As you can probably imagine, I’m quite relieved!

I’ve mentioned before that in running the NLSC for all these years, I’ve learned a thing or two. I’ve gained fascinating insights into the development of basketball video games, and through my duties in the NLSC Forum, I’ve learned about dealing with different types of personalities. Through developing content and implementing new features for the NLSC, I’ve also gained some useful technical skills and knowledge. Undertaking our most recent server move has certainly been a learning experience too, so I thought I’d reflect upon that in this week’s Five. Without any further ado, here are five things that I learned moving the NLSC to a new server.

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NLSC Podcast Out Later This Week

NLSC Podcast

Our server move will take just a little longer to complete, but we’re in the home stretch. As a result, Episode #165 of the NLSC Podcast will likely be released a little later than usual this week. We will be recording the show very soon however, so if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to talk about, we’re still taking suggestions. Since the Forum is still out of action, you can hit us up with any topic suggestions and mailbag questions via Facebook and Twitter.

As usual, we’ll consider any and all suggestions, but we do ask that you keep them along the lines of our core content – NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball video gaming – as well as related topics such as the real NBA, modding, and site history. As I’ve said before, we figure that’s why most people visit the NLSC, and tune in to the NLSC Podcast, so that’s the stuff we’d prefer to focus on talking about.

A huge thank you once again to everyone who continues to tune in to the NLSC Podcast each week, and send in topic suggestions. We greatly appreciate the support! Tune in to Episode #164 here if you haven’t caught it already, and don’t forget that you can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the server move as well; not long now until it’s back to business as usual! Stay tuned to our social media for further updates.

Wayback Wednesday: Three Team Trades in NBA Live 2001

Shawn Kemp in NBA Live 2001

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.

I’m still overseeing our ongoing server move, so as I mentioned in the Monday Tip-Off, I haven’t been able to set aside a lot of time to prepare new original content this week. My hope is that everything will be in place and back to normal soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to get something out there for Wayback Wednesday, to give everyone something to either check out while they wait, or catch up on when the site is back up to speed. Specifically, I thought I’d write up a quick piece on three team trades in NBA Live 2001.

If you caught the first instalment of “Trivia Time” on the NLSC Podcast, you might have heard that NBA Live 2001 is, to date, the only game in the NBA Live series to feature three-team trade functionality. It’s something that I think a lot of us would like to see return along with other roster editing functions, and since it is such a rare feature in the NBA Live series, it’s worth looking back on.

So, let us indeed take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K14 PC today, as Medevenx has released a new version of his PBA mod. Check it out at the link below!

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PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v12.0)

Please note that we are still in the middle of a server move, so there will be further interruptions to the Downloads section and Forum over the next couple of days. Once we’re at our new home, everything will be back to normal. If you encounter any interruptions or downtime, please sit tight.

Monday Tip-Off: What The NLSC Means To Me

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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.

As I write this week’s Monday Tip-Off, we’re still preparing to move to our new server. We’ve encountered a couple of snags, but if all goes well, we’ll be at our new home within the next couple of days, hopefully with as few interruptions as possible. My apologies for the downtime in the Forum and Downloads section in the past twenty-four hours; I had anticipated a quicker move, and did not want to jeopardise the proceedings that were already underway. There will be some further interruptions and downtime as we complete the move, but if you’re reading this, we’re either back up and running temporarily, or the move is complete.

In trying to sort out the server move over the weekend, as well as taking care of a couple of other matters, I haven’t had an opportunity to prepare a column or video feature for today. With Monday rapidly drawing to a close here in Australia, I’ve found myself scrambling to find something to write about, while I continue to take care of matters behind the scenes to get the NLSC onto its new hosting. After tossing around a few ideas, one topic came to mind that was quite obvious, given the circumstances.

What does the NLSC mean to me?

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