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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, featuring a couple of player faces, and an arena update for the Washington Wizards. Download them all at the links below.

R4zoR
Aron Baynes Face

TBM
D’Angelo Russell Face

Manni Live
Washington Wizards Verizon Center HD Court

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Wayback Wednesday: The Expansion Draft in NBA Live 96 SNES

Expansion Draft in NBA Live 96 SNES

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, digging into the archives to indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, reflections on big announcements from years gone by, and other flashback content.

As I discussed in a previous edition of Wayback Wednesday, league expansion can lead to some unique features being added to NBA video games. Such was the case with NBA Live 96, with the league’s expansion across the border into Canada and the addition of the Vancouver Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors. When the Grizzlies and Raptors joined the league twenty years ago, an Expansion Draft was held to help them fill out their rosters, as is the norm. The twenty-seven other teams were able to protect eight players, which needless to say limited the pool of available talent outside of the deeper squads.

In most versions of NBA Live 96, the rosters were updated for the 1996 season with Class of 1995 rookies and offseason transactions. This wasn’t the case with the Super Nintendo version of NBA Live 96, which was missing the rookies (though there were codes to unlock them, along with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and some bonus Legends), and also did not account for major moves like the Chicago Bulls’ acquisition of Dennis Rodman, nor the results of the Expansion Draft. What the SNES version of NBA Live 96 did have was the unique feature of the Expansion Draft itself.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #149 Mailbag Call

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Arcane and I will be recording and releasing Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow, barring any unforeseen circumstances. To that end, we’re opening up the floor to any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for this week’s show.

We’ve already got some topics on the docket, including the past week in basketball gaming and NBA news, as well as a couple of suggestions that were posted following Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast. However, we want to make sure that we’re talking about the subjects that interest you, so by all means let us know what you want to hear about.

As always, we ask that you keep your suggestions related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming in general, the real NBA, or our community here at the NLSC. We’ll give consideration to any and all suggestions, but we would prefer to keep the Podcast centred around topics that are related to our core content.

Got a suggestion or mailbag question? Post it in the comments section below, or in this thread in the Forum. You can also drop us a line on social media, via our Facebook or Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us there yet, Like and Follow us today!

If you haven’t caught Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast yet, you can tune in here. If you’d like to subscribe to the NLSC Podcast, you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who continues to tune into the show every week, submit topic suggestions, and post feedback. We greatly appreciate the support!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, which include a couple of new face updates, and current season rosters. Check them all out at the links below!

Garbajosa
P.J. Hairston Face

SUPERSUB47
Deron Williams Face 2016 [SUPERSUB47]

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.8b)

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v6.5)

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Monday Tip-Off: Modding Old Basketball Video Games

We’re at midcourt, and 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 NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

A couple of months ago, I talked about why we enjoy going back and playing old basketball video games. Dusting off an old favourite is almost always an enjoyably nostalgic experience; however, the further back you go, the more aware you’ll be of how much basketball games have improved over the years. Some games are fun to revisit, but you can’t always spend too much time with them as they’re just too outdated, too primitive compared to what we’re used to now. While that may mean a simpler experience with an appealing “pick up and play” factor, it can also feel a bit shallow after a while.

Of course, there are some gamers who still prefer playing older titles to newer ones, for various reasons. Whether you’re still actively playing an older basketball game, or you’re going back and playing an old favourite for a change of pace, the experience can be greatly enhanced by mods and patches. We still have quite a few people making updates for older titles, as we even had some uploads for NBA Live 2000 as recently as August last year. In terms of newer games, there’s still a thriving modding community for NBA 2K14 PC, even though a lot of gamers moved on to NBA 2K15, and subsequently NBA 2K16.

So, why do we still enjoy modding older basketball games, long after their popularity has started to fade?

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have some more file additions for NBA Live 08 coming your way today. As you may have seen in my release thread in the NBA Live 08 section of the Forum, I’ve released an adidas practice court, inspired by the one in NBA Live 15. I’m currently taking a shot at recreating NBA Live 16’s practice court as well.

Additionally, Croatico has released an all-time roster patch, giving every team the best players in franchise history, and S_Brat has uploaded a 2016 face pack for the Utah Jazz. Download all of the latest releases at the links below!

Andrew
NBA Live 15-Style Adidas Practice Court

Croatico
Every Team – Dream Team Roster

S_Brat
2015/2016 Utah Jazz Team Update

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NBA Live 16 Week 13 Roster Details

Stephen Curry in NBA Live 16

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 16, accompanied by the usual blog post over on the official website detailing all of the changes and updates. The new roster accounts for recent player movement, and adds a couple of missing players to the game. Earl Watson, Ray Allen, and Benjamin Anthony have also been removed from the active rosters, a couple of jersey numbers have been updated, and new gear has been assigned for 31 players.

As of the latest roster update, the top five players in NBA Live 16 are as follows:

  1. Stephen Curry (96, +1)
  2. Kawhi Leonard (94, No Change)
  3. Russell Westbrook (93, +1)
  4. LeBron James (92, -2)
  5. Chris Paul (91, No Change)

Kevin Durant, James Harden, and DeMarcus Cousins are also currently rated 91 overall. Draymond Green is sitting at 90 overall in the latest roster, for a total of nine players rated 90+ overall. As previously noted, this is less than half the number of players rated 90 or more in the default rosters of NBA Live 16, which in my opinion is a good change.

If you have any feedback on the latest roster, feel free to post it in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum. Once again, we’ve also tipped off our Wishlist for NBA Live 17, so be sure to get involved here.

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The Friday Five: 5 Predictions for Future Cover Players

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.

The cover players for NBA Live and NBA 2K are admittedly an insignificant detail in the grand scheme of things. Nevertheless, it’s a subject that still manages to capture our attention every year, before the official announcements are made. In between talking about what we want to see out of NBA Live and NBA 2K, and speculating on each game’s features and improvements as we learn about them, we usually find ourselves asking: who’s going to be on the cover?

It’s a fun talking point, even if it does have little bearing on the games themselves. Throughout the years, we’ve seen some huge names lend their likenesses to the cover art of NBA Live and NBA 2K, as well as a few unorthodox choices for cover players. Since it’ll be a few months until the preview season really gets underway, I thought that for this week’s Five, I’d throw out some predictions as to who we might see on the covers of NBA Live and NBA 2K…perhaps as soon as this year.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA Live 06 PC! I’ve released a new bootup screen patch with up to date logos, and magiciangirl06 has released a couple of backboard updates for the 2016 season. Download them all at the links below.

Andrew
NBA Team Logos Bootup Screen 06 (Updated to v9.0)

magiciangirl06
2015/2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Backboard
Cleveland Cavaliers & Golden State Warriors Backboard Update

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #148

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Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! In our first show for March 2016, Arcane and I discuss an important fix in last week’s roster update for NBA Live 16, cheaters in the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament, Stephen Curry’s big week, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with a reminder about our Wishlist threads for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17.
  • We’re pleased to say that the issue with dunk packages that we discussed last week has been resolved in the latest roster update for NBA Live 16.
  • A lot of NBA 2K streamers have been showing NBA Live 16 some love, and the response from their viewers has been quite favourable as well.
  • The Week 3 winners of the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament on Xbox One have been disqualified for game fixing. We don’t feel sorry for them.
  • Once again, we touch on the on-going discussion of how Stephen Curry can be accurately represented in basketball video games.
  • A recent incident leads to another reminder about rudeness and constructive criticism in the modding community.
  • What have we been doing on the virtual hardwood as of late? Find out in the latest edition of Our Week in Basketball Gaming!
  • Stephen Curry had a huge week and proved a couple of NBA Legends wrong, but is everyone really a hater?
  • “Buyout season” has a few players changing teams ahead of the Playoffs push.
  • We recap the Miami Heat’s impressive performance against the Chicago Bulls, in which Hassan Whiteside continued his strong play off the bench.
  • Who are our favourite active NBA players?
  • Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got some great new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today. Our own bigh0rt has released a new version of NBA Jam 2K14 featuring historical All-Star teams, skoadam and Tha2kProphet have both updated their current rosters, and Garbajosa has released a face update for Noah Vonleh. Want to get them into your copy of NBA 2K14? Download them all at the links below!

bigh0rt
NBA Jam 2K14: All-Star Edition (.iff files)
NBA Jam 2K14: All-Star Edition Roster & Settings

Garbajosa
Noah Vonleh Face

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V42 [32 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 15-16 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 02/03/16] (Updated)

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v6.4)

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Wayback Wednesday: Oklahoma City in NBA Live 09

The Oklahoma City Thunder logo, as it appeared in NBA Live 09

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, digging into the archives to indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, reflections on big announcements from years gone by, and other flashback content.

The relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City and their subsequent re-branding to the Thunder happened quite quickly during the offseason of 2008. On top of outrage and contempt, not only from Sonics fans but a lot of NBA fans in general, the rushed move also resulted in logos and jerseys that most people didn’t particularly care for. Disdain and animosity towards the Oklahoma City Thunder seemingly persists to this day, even after the team lost to the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals.

As you might imagine, the hectic relocation led to a late reveal of the Thunder’s designs, which ultimately had an impact on NBA Live 09. Because the official unveiling happened so late in the production cycle of NBA Live 09, EA Sports were forced to use placeholder branding for the Thunder, rather than their real logos, jerseys, and colours…at least initially. In the intro video for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 09, there’s even a clip of Kevin Durant wearing a Seattle SuperSonics jersey.

It was an unusual situation, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #148 Mailbag Call

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Arcane and I will be recording Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow, to release at the regular time…barring any unforeseen circumstances, of course. As such, this is the weekly last call for any and all topic submissions and mailbag questions for the upcoming show.

While we do consider any and all suggestions, we do ask that you keep them along the lines of our core content – NBA Live, NBA 2K, NBA Jam, and basketball gaming – as well as patching/modding, the real NBA, and our community. We want to make sure that we’re talking about the things basketball gamers are interested in, so let us know the kind of topics you want us to discuss!

Got any suggestions for this week’s Podcast? Hit us up in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of Forum. Incidentally, that’s also the place to bring up any issues with the site, discuss the NLSC Podcast and our other original content, and post any community announcements. Alternatively, you can send us suggestions via Facebook and Twitter; be sure to connect with us there if you haven’t already.

As always, a huge thanks to everyone who continues to support the NLSC Podcast and tune in every week. If you haven’t caught Episode #147 yet, check it out here. For those who are unaware, you can also find the show on iTunes, as well as Stitcher. Stay tuned for Episode #148!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include an arena update for the Toronto Raptors, a new face for John Wall, updated Slam Dunk rosters, and the latest 2016 NBA season rosters. Check them all out at the links below!

Mythbuster
Air Canada Centre 2015-2016

SUPERSUB47
John Wall Face [SUPERSUB47]

Medevenx
Kuroko V Slam Dunk Appdata Files (Updated to v0.2)
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.7)

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Monday Tip-Off: NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team Reel

Shawn Kemp dunks in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Begin 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 basketball gaming.

As you may have seen, in the past few months I’ve been making some videos for Wayback Wednesday. I’ve really enjoyed creating some video content for the NLSC, and I’ve been working on sharpening my video editing skills as I’d like to keep making them. To that end, I’ve made use of some NBA Live 15 clips that I’ve had saved, and put together a highlight reel of my exploits in Ultimate Team.

Since my NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team – the Breeze, named after Chicago’s team in World League Basketball – featured a healthy amount of NBA Legends from the 90s, I’ve used songs from the NBA Live 99 soundtrack as the score. Despite the fact I’m traditionally more interested in the franchise modes, I’ve become quite fond of Ultimate Team these past few years. I had a lot of fun assembling and playing with my 90s squad, but sadly, I wasn’t able to acquire Scottie Pippen. Perhaps I’ll have better luck in NBA Live 16. In any event, check out the reel below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

There are some rough animations in NBA Live 15, but hopefully, you still enjoyed the reel; I certainly enjoyed checking out some old highlights and putting it all together! More videos will be on the way soon, including commentary, excerpts from the NLSC Podcast, tips videos, and more. In the meantime, I invite you to check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel; I’d like to think we’re finally making good use of it! Have a great week, and be sure to check in later for Wayback Wednesday, Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast, and The Friday Five.

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