File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K16 PC feature the latest court updates by Manni Live. Manni has updated the Dallas Mavericks’ American Airlines Center, as well as the Mamba Day tribute court for the Los Angeles Lakers; download them both at the links below!

Manni Live
Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center HD Court
Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center HD Court V2 + Kobe Last Game Court

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Monday Tip-Off: Tracking Down Old Patches

Andrew's 1997/1998 Roster Mod for NBA Live 96

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.

You may not have noticed it, seeing as how we’re talking about content that appears at bottom of our Forum and Downloads section, but I recently tracked down my old pack of roster patches for NBA Live 96, which contains some of the earliest work that I released. It took a bit of detective work, including hitting up to find out the filename, and then finally locating it in my backups. While I have unfortunately lost some of my early work forever – or so it would seem, anyway – I was quite happy to discover that I still had those particular releases.

Originally, I was just trying to track down my 1997/1998 roster patch for NBA Live 96, to grab a screenshot for my Friday Five article on lost NBA Live saves. That’s when I discovered I couldn’t find any of my old roster patches. Originally, I used another screenshot in its place, published the article, and then spent the rest of the evening trying to find those old rosters. I was reluctant to accept that they were gone forever, and as it happens, my persistence paid off. As I said, I found an old link that revealed the filename, and from there, a search of my backups yielded the file.

Needless to say, while I was in that folder, I continued to have a look around…

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

We have a new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today, as PatTheHead has released another update for his retro season roster pack. Pick up the latest release at the link below!

1946/47 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v3.5)

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Details on the April 15th Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Kobe Bryant

The final roster update of the 2016 regular season has come through for NBA Live 16. It remains to be seen whether the roster updates will continue during the 2016 NBA Playoffs, but in any event, here are the top five players in NBA Live 16 as of now:

  1. Stephen Curry (97 Overall, +1)
  2. Kawhi Leonard (95 Overall, No Change)
  3. LeBron James (94 Overall, +2)
  4. Russell Westbrook (93 Overall, No Change)
  5. Chris Paul (93 Overall, +1)

DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Damian Lillard sit right behind the top five, as all are rated 92 overall. Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond are both rated 91 overall, while John Wall and Draymond Green are 90 overall, for a total of thirteen players rated 90+ overall in the latest update.

Recent player movement and subsequent jersey number changes are also accounted for, as well as gear and accessory updates for 44 players. For a full breakdown of the changes in the latest NBA Live 16 roster, be sure to check out this spreadsheet.

As always, feel free to post any thoughts on the latest roster update in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here is the latest batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new and updated files include 2016 season rosters, PBA updates, real and fictional court updates, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Kobe Bryant Watermark
Michael Jordan Watermark
Fictional “I Love This Game” Court
Fictional RORO Court
RORO Watermark
Outdoor Portland Trail Blazers Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Utah Jazz Court (Updated to v2.0)

Courtney Lee Updated Hair

Staples Center – Los Angeles Lakers “Mamba Day”

2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v6.8)

Kuroko V Slam Dunk Appdata Files (Updated to v1.0)
PBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v10.2)

2K14 U R Basketball V44 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 15-16 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 11/04/16] (Updated to V44)

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The Friday Five: 5 Basketball Games I’d Like to See

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.

As it stands, basketball gamers don’t have a lot of choice year-to-year. You can either buy NBA Live, NBA 2K, or both, or stick with an older release. Alternatively, you could not play basketball video games at all, but if that’s the case, you’re not exactly relevant to this discussion; no offense. While I wouldn’t be against another developer throwing their hat into the ring with a sim-oriented NBA game, I’m not sure that we necessarily need that to happen. I think that we basketball gamers will be alright as long as NBA 2K continues to do its thing, and NBA Live makes some big strides this year.

Of course, there’s always room in the market for other types of basketball video games. This includes full-blown arcade basketball titles, or perhaps sim-oriented games that focus on different leagues. Cheaper digital releases that focus on mini-games and the like. Resurrections of popular old properties, as controversial as that practice can sometimes be. As you can probably guess, I have a few possibilities in mind; without any further ado, here are five basketball video games that I’d like to see developed.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #154

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Welcome to Episode #154 of the NLSC Podcast! Arcane and I certainly have a bit to talk about this week with the end of the 2016 regular season, the Playoffs looming, and both Kobe Bryant and the Golden State Warriors making history. Also, some very early news about the NBA 2K17 cover and pre-order bonuses.

On this week’s show…

  • 2K have announced that Kobe Bryant will appear on the cover of a special Legend Edition of NBA 2K17. Have they also hinted at another possible cover player for this year?
  • We discuss a reel of NBA Live 16 player faces that a graphic designer posted on YouTube.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Arcane’s MyPLAYER gets onto 2K TV in MyCAREER, while Andrew wonders what to play next.
  • Kobe Bryant has gone out in style, scoring 60 points in his final game. We reflect a little on the Black Mamba’s legendary career.
  • The Golden State Warriors become the first team to win 73 games, beating the Chicago Bulls’ twenty year old record. We congratulate them, but grumble a little about some vocal (and hypocritical) fanboys.
  • With the 2016 regular season in the books, we look ahead to the Playoffs and make our first round predictions.
  • Speaking of which, we end Episode #154 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. After getting our picks right last week, can we both get a streak going as we head into the postseason?

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.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

Here are a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 2005 PC! Today I’m wrapping up my recent work on the game with my final two logo updates for the 2016 season, which add the new branding for the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. Pick up both releases at the links below.

Atlanta Hawks 2015/2016 Logo Patch 2005
Toronto Raptors 2015/2016 Logo Patch 2005

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Wayback Wednesday: Kobe Bryant in NBA Video Games

Kobe Bryant's Final Game in NBA 2K16

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where 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.

Kobe Bryant is set to play his final NBA game today, as the Los Angeles Lakers wrap up their 2016 season against the Utah Jazz. It marks the end of a long and successful career for one of the best players in the history of basketball, and the only player to suit up for the same NBA team for twenty seasons. Despite the fact that Kobe Bryant was often as reviled by NBA fans as much as he was loved, there’s been much nostalgia and celebration as his career has drawn to a close.

His long NBA career has meant that Kobe Bryant has appeared in numerous basketball video games over the past couple of decades. In fact, former teammate Shaquille O’Neal may be the only player with more official appearances in NBA titles, as he played nineteen years in the league himself, and has continued to be featured as a Legend following his retirement. So, as Kobe Bryant’s last NBA game looms, I thought I’d take a look back at his history in video games.

Kobe has of course appeared in every NBA title since he entered the NBA, but I’m just going to focus on some of the highlights here, kind of a glance back through the years. With that said, let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Featuring Kobe Bryant Announced

NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Cover Art - Kobe Bryant

With Kobe Bryant’s last NBA game looming, 2K Sports has wasted no time in announcing a special Legend Edition of NBA 2K17, featuring Kobe on the cover. The game is already available to pre-order, with the Legend Edition offering the following bonuses:

Physical Items

  • Limited edition Kobe poster
  • Black Mamba controller skin
  • 2 Panini Kobe trading cards

Digital Items

  • 30,000 Virtual Currency
  • MyTEAM Bundle+ (including 3 packs with guaranteed Kobe Free Agent card)
  • 2K Kobe XI shoe
  • Kobe #8 Mitchell & Ness Jersey
  • Kobe hoodie
  • And more to come!

It remains to be seen whether this means Visual Concepts has an exclusive deal with Kobe Bryant moving forward; if so, that means he won’t be able to appear in NBA Live 17 as a Legend in Ultimate Team. Of course, he’s obviously going to be available in MyTEAM in NBA 2K17.

A new “Legends Live On” trailer has also been released which you check out below, along with a full size image of the Legend Edition cover. Interestingly, the trailer also features Kyrie Irving, and Paul George in uniform, perhaps hinting that one or both of them will also be cover players this year. Unsurprisingly, there’s no gameplay footage, as it’s far too early for those kinds of teasers. We probably won’t be getting much in the way of preview media or information on the game itself for a little while yet, but as soon as details began to emerge, we’ll be sure to post them.

In the meantime, what do you think of the announcement? Will you be pre-ordering NBA 2K17 this early, or will you pass on the Legend Edition altogether? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast Episode #154 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

We’re planning on recording and releasing Episode #154 of the NLSC Podcast at the usual time tomorrow, so this is a last call for any and all topic submissions and mailbag questions. We’ll certainly have a few things to talk about with the end of the regular season and the 2016 NBA Playoffs looming, but if there’s anything else that you’d specifically like to hear us discuss, we want to hear from you!

As usual, we do ask that you keep your suggestions related to our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming in general), the real NBA, and other community-related interests such as modding and site history. We’d like to keep the NLSC Podcast in line with our other original content, and we also figure that those are the things you come to the site to read, discuss, and listen to.

We’re a little short on basketball gaming topics this week – it’s that time of the year, after all – so suggestions along those lines would definitely be appreciated. We’d like to avoid repeating ourselves too much though, so for Wishlist and speculative topics in particular, please take a moment to look back through the show notes for recent episodes to make sure that we haven’t already covered it in the not too distant past.

Having said all that…got a suggestion for us? Then let us know ASAP in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also hit us up with any submissions on Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us there yet, now’s a great opportunity!

As always, a huge thanks to everyone who continues to support the NLSC Podcast by tuning in every week, and sending in topic suggestions. We have a lot of fun doing the Podcast, so we really appreciate the support and interest. If you haven’t caught Episode #153 yet, tune in here. Don’t forget that you can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher, in addition to listening or downloading the show here on the NLSC each week.

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20th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 2000 Retrospective

NBA Live 2000 Retrospective

To mark the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live, we’re posting content for every game in the series, including retrospectives, patches, countdowns, and more. Whether you’re a long-time basketball gamer who grew up with the NBA Live series and would like to take a drip down memory lane, or you’ve only recently started playing basketball games and would like to learn a little about what they used to be like, we hope that you enjoy the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content here on the NLSC!

NBA Live 2000 has long been considered one of the best games in the NBA Live series. It’s the crowning achievement of the original development team, a great all-around release that long-time basketball gamers are rightfully nostalgic for. Of course, looking back on it today, some of its flaws are more apparent, and certain aspects naturally don’t hold up as well, given how far basketball games have come since the late 90s. Nevertheless, I would say that it’s still worthy of the acclaim it receives. Let’s take a look at why many basketball gamers consider NBA Live 2000 to be a classic.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today we have some new file additions for one of my all-time favourite games, NBA Live 06 PC! Continuing the release of my final 2016 logo updates, you can bring your game up to date with the new logos for the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. magiciangirl06 has also released a new Jumpman 23 court based on the one in NBA Live 15, and alternate courts for the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings. Download all of the latest additions at the links below!

Atlanta Hawks 2015/2016 Logo Patch 06
Toronto Raptors 2015/2016 Logo Patch 06

NBA Live 15 Jumpman 23 Court
2015/2016 Milwaukee Bucks & Sacramento Kings Alternate Courts

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Monday Tip-Off: No Conspiracy with NBA 2K Modding

MJ and Pip in the He's on Fire 2K14 mod for NBA 2K14 PC

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.

In many respects, our modding community for NBA 2K is still going strong. We have modders developing updates for NBA 2K16 PC, as well as some of the other recent releases, chiefly NBA 2K14. Thanks to the talents, intuition, and perseverance of some of our most dedicated members, we’ve been able to make some in-roads into modding NBA 2K16, despite the challenges posed by the new file containers that were introduced in NBA 2K15, the first time the PC version was ported from the PlayStation 4/Xbox One release.

Of course, the last two PC releases aren’t as moddable as their predecessors, which has understandably led to some grumbling. However, it’s also given rise to conspiracy theories that 2K Sports are trying to shut down the modding community, especially in light of a couple of former NLSC team members being hired by Visual Concepts. It’s a frustrated declaration that I often see whenever the difficulty in modding the latest NBA 2K releases is discussed, and I can appreciate the sentiment. We’ve been able to do some great things through modding, and it’s a shame that the hobby has suffered a few setbacks due to technical limitations these past couple of years.

However, it’s a misguided suggestion, and also a little insulting to a couple of people who have done some outstanding work for us. To that end, I feel it’s an issue I should discuss in more detail.

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

NBA Live 07 Cover Art

Today we have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 07, as I’ve recently released 2016 season logo updates for the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. As I mentioned in yesterday’s file additions for NBA Live 08, that brings all of the team logos up to date as of the current season. Download both releases at the links below!

Atlanta Hawks 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07
Toronto Raptors 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07

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