The Friday Five: 5 Predictions for the 2016 NBA Season

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 basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Have you grown impatient waiting for the 2016 NBA season to begin? Fortunately, the wait is almost over, as we’re less than a week away from opening night! The NBA’s 70th season tips off on October 27th, with the Chicago Bulls hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending champion Golden State Warriors taking on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Oracle Arena. Another year of exciting basketball, dazzling highlights, and intriguing stories all around the league; if you’re a hoops fan, chances are you’re feeling pretty pumped right now.

With the offseason behind us and the pre-season drawing to a close, the time has come to start making some predictions about what’s going to happen in the NBA this year. Earlier this week, the GMs of all 30 teams chimed in with some of their predictions for the season, along with their ratings and rankings. Since this is the last Friday before the new season tips off, I thought I’d use this week’s Five to join in the fun, and offer up five predictions for the 2016 NBA season.

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NBA 2K16 Patch #2 Out Now on Xbox One, Coming Soon for PC

For those who may be unaware, the second title update for NBA 2K16 has been pushed through on Xbox One.

As previously noted, the patch addresses various crashes and freezes in NBA 2K16, tunes sweat effects, fixes hairstyle glitches, resolves matchmaking problems in MyPARK and PRO-AM, adjusts simulated stats in MyGM and MyLEAGUE, and more. Pro-Am Team Play has also been added. For the full patch notes, please see the previous bulletin.

There’s no set date for the PC patch at this time, but it’s expected to drop soon. Leftos has mentioned that in addition to including the fixes contained in the patches for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K16, the PC patch will also include further optimisation tweaks, as well as changes and fixes for the video settings.

As soon as there is any news about the patch for NBA 2K16, we’ll be sure to post it. In the meantime, be sure to share your feedback on the latest patch, as well as suggestions and bug reports for future patches, in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum. You can find a thread for general NBA 2K16 feedback here, a thread for general bug reports here, and a thread for PC crashes here.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #131

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Well, would you look at that…we managed to record a new episode of the NLSC Podcast two weeks in a row! Episode #131 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, hosted by Arcane and myself; join us as we give our latest impressions of NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, discuss a little retro basketball gaming, and react to the 2016 NBA GM survey.

On this week’s show…

  • We’ve had another week to play NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, with a couple of patches being pushed through. What’s our latest take on this year’s games?
  • Since we didn’t cover it last week, we also give our thoughts on the MyNBA2K16 app. If you need extra VC, it’s definitely worth picking up.
  • We talk about a recent retro basketball game purchase, and reminisce once again about the days when multiple companies released yearly hoops titles. Will we ever see that happen again?
  • Following up on one of last week’s big NBA stories, Lamar Odom is thankfully on the mend.
  • The 2016 NBA GM Survey is out on NBA.com. Are we the only ones who make terrible predictions?
  • We wrap up Episode #131 of the NLSC Podcast with a gem from NBA 2K16 that surely can’t be a coincidence.

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.

Fix for SECDRV.SYS Issues with NBA Live 2000-2004

While DOSBox is a handy tool for retro PC gamers, resolving compatibility issues with Windows-based releases can be a little tougher. Back in September, Microsoft pushed through an update (KB3086255) which for security reasons, disables the secdrv.sys driver. Unfortunately, the secdrv.sys driver is required for disc-based games that utilise certain types of anti-piracy copy protection, such as SecuRom and SafeDisc. When the driver is disabled, games that utilise those methods of copy protection will fail to start.

This means if you’re running Windows 7 or 8.1, and are in the mood to play NBA Live 2000, NBA Live 2001, NBA Live 2003, or NBA Live 2004, you’ll be greeted by a “Please login with administrator privileges and try again” error message. If you do feel like dusting off those games, there are a couple of workarounds: use VMWare to create a virtual machine, which requires an installation disc for an older version of Windows, or (at your own risk) re-enable the secdrv.sys driver. More details can be found here in our Wiki.

If that all sounds a bit complicated, I’ve whipped up a couple of batch files that re-enable and disable the secdrv.sys driver automatically; download them here. You’ll find that it’s the quickest method of getting those games back up and running. Once again however, please be advised that Microsoft disabled the secdrv.sys driver due to potential security issues, so use this solution at your own risk. It’s a method that I’m confident in using myself, but having said that, I take no responsibility for any issues that may arise.

This fix is also a viable workaround for any other games from that era (late 90s, early 2000s), which fail to start due to the secdrv.sys driver being disabled. So, if you’re looking to play another game on this list, or you’ve stumbled across this post on a basketball video gaming website while Googling the issue, this fix is also for you!

With our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content set to continue, I’ll be posting more guides and tutorials on how to get older games running, so stay tuned.

Patch Notes for NBA Live 16 Title Update v1.03

NBA Live 16: Kawhi Leonard & James Harden

Last week, a new title update (v1.03) was pushed through for NBA Live 16. At the time, no patch notes were released and the update history on PlayStation 4 only specified “minor bug fixes”, however I was able to confirm that the patch addresses some stability and framerate issues.

For those who’d like some more specific details, EA Sports has now posted a few notes about the latest NBA Live 16 title update over on the official website. They are as follows:

GENERAL ISSUES

  • Addressed an issue in which users we not receiving Content Updates after being disconnected from the EA Servers, causing them to desync with users in Online game modes.
  • Improved game stability

PRO-AM

  • Addressed the delay in Summer Circuit that was seen when users were in single player game sessions. Users should now see a significant reduction in delay within single player Summer Circuit games.

RISING STAR

  • Addressed the issues with missing graphics and UI when jumping into a Rising Star simulated game.

If you have any feedback on the latest NBA Live 16 title update, be sure to post it here in the Forum. Any bugs and glitches you encounter in NBA Live 16 are welcome in this thread; we also have threads for roster feedback, and general gameplay and game mode feedback and suggestions. We’re passing along our impressions and feedback to the NBA Live development team, so if you’re playing NBA Live 16 and have constructive feedback to share, be sure to join in the discussion!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC include updated offseason rosters, a new court for the Philadelphia 76ers, and a Fox Sports scoreboard. Download them all at the links below!

Pepis
2016 Philadelphia 76ers Court

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v4.4)

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.0b)

ZeusRR
NBA Fox Sports 1 Scoreboard

Monday Tip-Off: How MyCAREER Could Truly Let Us Be The Story

Vic in NBA 2K16 MyCAREER

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

If you’ve tuned in to Episode #130 of the NLSC Podcast, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of the story in this year’s MyCAREER. If you’ve been listening to the NLSC Podcast for a while now, you’ll know that that’s been a recurring complaint of mine since MyCAREER adopted the story-driven approach beginning with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K14. Reading some of the posts that have been made about MyCAREER since the release of NBA 2K16, it seems I’m not alone in my criticism.

Specific criticisms of the writing aside, my discontent with MyCAREER can be summed up as such: a story that’s too linear without branching options, choices that are largely cosmetic and inconsequential, and in NBA 2K16 in particular, a protagonist that’s intended to have very specific characteristics, which conflict with the RPG elements and “put yourself in the game” aspect of the mode. To that end, the tagline of “Be The Story” becomes a little ironic.

However, since I’m often advocating for constructive criticism – fans not fanboys, critics not haters, and all that – it seems only appropriate that I put my money where my mouth is, and offer up some suggestions as to how the mode could be improved. The story-driven approach to MyCAREER probably isn’t going anywhere, so how do I think Visual Concepts can best put it to use? Well, let’s take a look at how I feel that we can better “Be The Story” in NBA 2K17 and beyond.

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File Additions for NBA 2K15

We’re wrapping up the week with a new file addition for NBA 2K15 PC, as pinoy21 has released a jersey update pack for the Denver Nuggets. Check it out at the link below.

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Denver Nuggets Jersey

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

We’ve got some more file additions for NBA 2K16 PC today, including a jersey pack for the San Antonio Spurs, a court update for the Boston Celtics, and a couple of player faces. Download them all at the links below!

pinoy21
San Antonio Spurs Jersey

Manni Live
TD Garden Court Update

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J.J. Redick Face
George Hill Face

The Friday Five: My Birthday Five

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 basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Yes, October 16th is my birthday. Today, I’m no longer an old man of 30, but an older man of 31. Appropriately enough, I’m eating cake as I write this Five; Boston Mudcake, despite the fact I’m a Chicago Bulls fan. All in all, I’ve had a pretty relaxed day today, not quite as productive as I’d normally like to be, but hey, I had the opportunity to take a day off, and it’s my birthday.

I hadn’t really prepared a topic for this week’s Five, beyond the fact that I knew that I was going to call it my Birthday Five, and talk about something that was somehow related to my birthday, while still tying it in to the stuff we cover here at the NLSC. So, what I’ve decided to do is talk about some of the ways I feel that we change as we get older, as it pertains to being a basketball fan, and a player of basketball video games. These are my reflections, on my 31st birthday, about growing up. Well, growing older, at any rate.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include updated offseason rosters, 2016 All-Star Weekend art, and a selection of player faces. Download them all at the links below!

Medevenx
2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.0)

monzki15
Antonio Davis Face

big-shot-ROB
Big Cyberface Pack

NLSC Podcast – Episode #130

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After a longer than expected hiatus, we’re back with Episode #130 of the NLSC Podcast! Illness and scheduling conflicts have once again gotten in the way as of late, but we’re back on the air, and looking forward to getting back into the habit of recording weekly shows, especially with the release of NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with our impressions of NBA Live 16. Is it the step up over NBA Live 15 that we were hoping it would be?
  • A couple of patches have already been released for NBA Live 16, so we have some impressions to share regarding a couple of the fixes.
  • NBA 2K16 has already sold four million copies, of which we own a couple. What do we make of this year’s offering from Visual Concepts?
  • We’ve been fairly critical of the story-driven approach to MyCAREER these past few years, but in NBA 2K16, it’s not all bad. Then again, it’s not all good, either…
  • Catching up on some community news, our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content will be resuming soon, alongside our continued NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 coverage. NBA 2K16 PC modding has also tipped off with the release of gregkwaste’s NBA 2K16 Explorer.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we react to the terrible situation with Lamar Odom.
  • On a happier note, we look ahead to the 2016 season, and pick our shortlist of title contenders.
  • We wrap up Episode #130 of the NLSC Podcast with more NBA fashion critiques, and the impending anniversary of a league record.

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 Live 16 Update v1.03 Released

A new update (v1.03) has been pushed through for NBA Live 16, at least for the PlayStation 4 version of the game; if you’re on Xbox One and have received the patch, please let me know. Unfortunately, there are no detailed patch notes at this time, and the update history for NBA Live 16 only describes the latest patch as containing “minor bug fixes”, same as the 1.0.1 and 1.02 title updates.

I’ve reached out to EA Sports, and I’ve been informed that the latest patch isn’t a big gameplay or features update, but instead fixes some crashes. It’s also intended to address the framerate issues that some users were experiencing in Summer Circuit. Having played a single player Summer Circuit game earlier today, the fix certainly seems to have worked.

Hopefully at some point, more detailed patch notes will be released for the latest title update, and any future title updates for NBA Live 16. I made sure to pass that feedback along to my contacts at EA Sports, so hopefully there’s at least a chance that we’ll get more informative patch notes in the future. If any more information about the latest patch for NBA Live 16 is released, we’ll be sure to post it.

In the meantime, feel free to post about your experiences with the latest patch in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum. If you’d like to post any bug reports, please use this thread. Got some general feedback, including suggestions related to gameplay, game modes, or features? Feel free to make use of this thread! We’ll be sure to pass all constructive feedback along to the NBA Live 16 development team, and of course, we’ll be compiling our NBA Live 17 Wishlist in the not too distant future.

NBA 2K16 Patch #2 Now Available on PlayStation 4

NBA 2K16: Stephen Curry

The second title update for NBA 2K16 is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

2K has indicated that the patch is still awaiting approval from Microsoft, but they’re hopeful that it will be pushed through on Xbox One within the next week. While 2K has neglected to mention the PC version on the game’s social media pages, Leftos mentioned in the Forum that there have been some unexpected delays with the PC patch, but they’re hoping that by the end of next week, it’ll also be pushed through.

A list of patch notes has been posted, which you can check out below, as well as here over on the official NBA 2K16 Facebook page. Some of the key issues that the patch addresses include various crashes and freezes, sweat effects, hairstyle glitches, matchmaking problems in MyPARK and PRO-AM, simulated stats in MyGM and MyLEAGUE, and more. Pro-Am Team Play has also been added.

We’ll keep everyone posted as the patches for the Xbox One and PC versions of NBA 2K16 are released. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

With the release of gregkwaste‘s NBA 2K16 Explorer, we also have our first mod releases for NBA 2K16 PC! TBM has uploaded three face updates – Russell Westbrook, Anderson Varejao, and a retro Vince Carter – all of which you can download at the links below.

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Russell Westbrook Face
Anderson Varejao Face
Vince Carter Face

Remember, if you’re creating any updates for NBA 2K16, or indeed any game in the NBA 2K or NBA Live series, we encourage you to make use of the upload facilities in our Downloads section; all you need is an active Forum account! Our aim is to provide free, stable hosting to our modding community, so that we can preserve releases and avoid losing great updates, which is a problem that we’ve unfortunately run into in years gone by. If you’re not quite sure how the upload form works, be sure to check out this video tutorial, and feel free to drop me a line with any further questions that you may have.