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NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pre-Season Tips Off

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The NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pro-Am tournament is tipping off today, beginning with some pre-season play. This preliminary stage will determine which squads qualify for the tournament, and a shot at the grand prize. Details on how the pre-season works are as follows:

  • Play as many games as you like during the event.
  • Earn points for each win based on score, teammate grade and game stats.
  • Your combined point total of your top four wins will be used to determine your ranking.
  • The top team from each event will earn a slot in the Road to the Finals tournament.
  • Team forfeits will disqualify you from further play.

In addition to winning a trip to the 2016 NBA Finals, 2K Sports has confirmed that the “big cash prize” that was previously mentioned is actually $250,000.

In anticipation of the tournament tipping off, the fifth patch was recently pushed through for NBA 2K16. It addresses some stability issues, and includes a fix for a gameplay quirk that potentially could’ve been used as an exploit in the tournament.

Will you be taking part in the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Tournament? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum! For more information on the tournament, check out the game’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Week 9 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Nikola Vucevic

A new roster has been pushed through for NBA Live 16, and EA has now published a blog detailing the latest updates over on the official website. A couple of recent transactions are accounted for, though as discussed in Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast, Josh Smith is still on the Los Angeles Clippers’ roster. In addition to adjusted ratings, the latest roster also includes 37 accessory updates.

Five players on the way up in the latest roster are Nikola Vucevic (+3 to 86), LaMarcus Aldridge (+2 to 86), Carmelo Anthony (+2 to 89), Bobby Portis (+2 to 74), and Dwyane Wade (+2 to 85). Five players on the way down this week are Matthew Dellavedova (-3 to 79), Derrick Rose (-2 to 80), Patrick Beverley (-2 to 80), Avery Bradley (-2 to 80), and Evan Fournier (-2 to 76).

For a full breakdown of all the changes in the latest roster, be sure to check out this spreadsheet. If you’ve got any thoughts you’d like to share on the latest roster, or feedback you’d like to send along to the development team, feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #143

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We’re coming at you a little later this week, but Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss recent updates for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, give our thoughts on the 2016 All-Star selections, answer a few mailbag questions, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with a look at recent NBA Live 16 updates, including thoughts on the latest rosters, and the lack of content for BIG Moments.
  • EA are dropping out of E3, in favour of hosting their own event, EA Play. The event will be open to the public, and will feature hands-on game demos.
  • Speaking of EA, we also touch on some recent comments Andrew Wilson made about changing the company’s image.
  • Patch #5 has been released for NBA 2K16. Its focus suggests that the Pro-Am Road To The Finals tournament isn’t too far away.
  • The starters and reserves for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game have been announced. We recap the selections, and give our thoughts.
  • We reflect on the selections for the Rising Stars Challenge, which were also recently announced.
  • David Blatt’s unexpected and virtually unprecedented firing got a lot of people talking in the past week, so it’s our turn to weigh in on the situation.
  • Last week, we discussed players who might be traded. One of them has been, as Josh Smith has been sent back to the Houston Rockets.
  • We compare the 1996 Chicago Bulls to the 2016 Golden State Warriors. Who would win, what would the match-ups be like, and how close would it be?
  • Who are some of the biggest Draft busts that come immediately to mind? Unfortunately, MJ has picked a couple of them.
  • We’ve both come up empty in Bold Predictions the last couple of weeks, which means Andrew is still yet to get on the scoreboard. Surely, this is the week it all turns around!
  • We wrap up Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast with a bizarre incident involving Blake Griffin.

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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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The Friday Five: Top 5 NBA All-Star Snubs – 2016 Edition

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.

With last week’s announcement of the starters and this week’s unveiling of the reserves, we now know the 24 players who will be competing in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Toronto on February 14th. Barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, there’ll be a lot of deserving talent putting on a show at the NBA’s 65th midseason classic. Of course, should a few of them have to withdraw, there are a handful of players who have a case to take their place. And that’s where the topic of All-Star snubs comes in.

I have to admit that it was a bit difficult to put together a top five list of All-Star snubs this season. Outside of a couple of noteworthy names, almost all of the standout performers have either been voted in by the fans, or selected by the coaches. Additionally, there are only a couple of selections that you could really argue against, and even then, they’ve got a case to be there. Still, there’s no reason to avoid a topic just because the choice is difficult, so without any further ado, here are my picks for this year’s top five NBA All-Star snubs.

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NLSC Podcast Episode #143 Mailbag Call; Later Episode This Week

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Since Arcane is currently travelling home, we’ll be recording and releasing Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast a little later than usual. Instead of going up in about 12 hours from this post, it’ll likely be up Friday evening or Saturday morning, depending on whereabouts you are in the world.

That means there’s still time to get a couple more topic suggestions and mailbag questions into this week’s episode. So, if there’s something you’d like to hear us talk about, please let us know ASAP, whether it’s in the form of a question or simply a suggestion of a topic you’re interested in. We’ve got a fairly full docket to fill an hour or so already, so if we get too many suggestions – not a bad problem to have, of course! – we might hold a couple over until Episode #144.

As always, while we’ll consider any and all suggestions you send our way, we do ask that you try to keep them within the scope of our content: basketball video games (primarily NBA Live, NBA 2K, and NBA Jam) and the real NBA. Hit us up with any suggestions in this thread in the NLSC Hub, or get in touch with us via our Facebook or Twitter.

If you haven’t caught Episode #142 of the NLSC Podcast yet, be sure to tune in here. Don’t forget that you can also catch us on iTunes, and if you’d like to listen to us on the go, we’re also on Stitcher; just download the app and search NLSC Podcast, and you’ll find us. Thanks to everyone who continues to tune in every week, give us feedback on the show, and send in topic suggestions. We greatly appreciate it!

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Wayback Wednesday: Ramblings of a Disappointed Bulls Fan

Luol Deng on the Chicago Bulls in NBA Live 09 (Xbox 360)

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

I’m still working on some new videos for Wayback Wednesday and our other featured content, so this week I’m digging into the archives to look back at another old article. This is a lengthy piece I wrote about the Chicago Bulls in the wake of Ben Gordon’s departure in the offseason of 2009, something that I certainly wasn’t thrilled about at the time. A fair bit has changed since then, so I thought it’d be interesting to post it again, and provide some follow-up opinions and commentary.

As usual, I’m presenting the article more or less as it was originally published. That means if I come across any grammatical or punctuation errors, I’m curbing any urges to edit them, and running with the piece as-is; the only changes I’ve made are the addition of some images to break up the text, and a correction of a misspelling of LaMarcus Aldridge’s name. My apologies if it’s a bit of a difficult read, but as always, it’ll hopefully highlight my improvement as a writer.

With that said, let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K16 Patch V5 Released

Chris Paul dribbles up court in NBA 2K16

A new patch has been pushed through for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K16. The latest update has been released in preparation for the upcoming Road To The Finals 2K Pro-Am tournament, and includes the following fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where users were able to equip mascot costumes despite not having the appropriate rep level in MyPARK.
  • Addressed a game disconnect that would sometimes occur during scrimmage games in MyCOURT when there are spectators.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing unwanted ankle breaker reactions on defenders who were standing in good defensive position.
  • Resolved a rare case where a Pro-Am Arena game would stall out on the loading screen.
  • (PS4) Adjusted the ‘How Much Ya Got?’ requirements such that a maximum salary offer will unlock the Trophy (regardless of how many years the contract offer is for).
  • Added ‘Player of the Week’ and ‘Player of the Month’ panels to the MyPARK leaderboards. Take a look!

The latest update will come through automatically, as long as you’re online when you fire up Steam or turn on your console. As always, feel free to discuss the latest official patch in the comments below, as well as in this thread over in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

We’ve recently had a new upload for one of my all-time favourite games, NBA Live 06 PC. Cpt(K) has released a new version (v2.0) of his fictional roster patch, which you can check out at the link below!

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NBA Live 06 Fictional Rosters (Updated to v2.0)

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Monday Tip-Off: How Ratings Got Better in NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Stephen Curry

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 basketball video games.

The official roster updates for NBA Live 16 haven’t exactly received universal acclaim so far. In addition to a couple of players still lacking proper faces, there have been lingering issues with missing players, incorrect jersey numbers, and other anomalies with player bio data, though subsequent updates have included several fixes on all those fronts. I do suspect that there may still be some issues with the update system that’s in place, and the lack of in-game roster editing functionality is sorely missed as a result. However, except for a couple of weeks over the holiday break, the weekly updates have been coming through consistently, and on time.

Each week, the official NBA Live website spotlights the biggest movers and shakers in the latest roster update, and there have been some significant ratings changes since NBA Live 16’s launch. Generally speaking, I feel that some really good work has been done with the ratings in the NBA Live 16 roster updates, as the season has progressed. Having made unofficial roster updates for NBA Live for many years, I appreciate the constant balancing act of not getting too carried away boosting and decreasing ratings, and the pain of getting overall ratings to look “correct”, without skewering the individual ratings to make it happen.

So, what stands out to me the most when it comes to the improved ratings in NBA Live 16?

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’ve got some new and updated files for NBA Live 08 PC today. S_Brat has released his first 2016 face pack, with updates for the Los Angeles Lakers, while bobce has uploaded a pack of accompanying portraits. I’ve also got a new update for you today, as I’ve added a face for Tyronn Lue to my pack of converted coach faces, along with a batch file that will add him as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew
Converted Coach Face Pack 2016 (Updated to v1.1)

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2015/2016 Los Angeles Lakers Team Update

bobce
Los Angeles Lakers 2015/2016 Portrait Pack

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Ready for the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC? Today’s new and updated files include faces for Manu Ginobli, Carmelo Anthony, and Michael Jordan, and a couple of arena updates for the New York Knicks. Check them all out at the links below!

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Manu Ginobili Face
Carmelo Anthony Face V2

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden HD Court

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New York Knicks Madison Square Garden

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Michael Jordan Headshape + Face (Updated to v1.5)

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Gameplay Improvements I Want To See in NBA Live

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.

Since we’re getting into Wishlist season, last week’s edition of The Friday Five covered five features that I’d like to see return in NBA Live. I’m continuing with that theme this week as I count down the top five gameplay improvements that I’d like to see, preferably beginning with NBA Live 17. While I really want to see the game modes get deeper and some more bells and whistles added, NBA Live’s gameplay still needs some polish and enhancement, as it’s obviously an important aspect of the core experience.

That’s not to say it needs a complete overhaul, or that the current tech isn’t capable of doing the job. I’ve seen some good things from the IGNITE engine, and there’s been a noticeable improvement over the past three years. However, there are definitely some much needed improvements and additions that need to be made to NBA Live’s gameplay, to get it to the level it really needs to be at. So, without any further ado, here are the top five gameplay improvements that I want to see in NBA Live, beginning with number five.

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Week 8 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: LeBron James

The Week 8 roster update for NBA Live 16 has now come through. The latest update adds Lorenzo Brown to the Phoenix Suns and Elliot Williams to the Memphis Grizzlies, while Joe Harris is now in the free agent pool. Player ratings have also been updated, and there are 32 adjustments to player accessories in the new roster. For the full breakdown, check out this spreadsheet.

As far as the biggest movers and shakers in the latest roster update are concerned, five players on the way up this week are LeBron James (+2 to 93), Chris Bosh (+2 to 82), Evan Fournier (+2 to 78), Jimmy Butler (+1 to 92), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+1 to 79). On the other side of the ledger, five players on the way down this week are Wesley Johnson (-3 to 77), Andrew Bogut (-2 to 85), Kyrie Irving (-2 to 86), Nikola Pekovic (-2 to 74) and Kyle Korver (-2 to 76).

There are currently ten players rated 90+ overall in NBA Live 16. Stephen Curry remains the top dog at 95 overall, while the latest roster has LeBron James and Russell Westbrook tied for second at 93. Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are third at 92 overall, with Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul sitting at 91. Draymond Green and and Tony Parker are both currently 90 overall.

Any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 roster? Feel free to have your say in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #142

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It’s Thursday once again, so a new episode of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are fulfilling our digital broadcasting duties this week with Episode #142, featuring more topics related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and the past week of action in the NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • We discuss the most recent NBA Live 16 roster update, including the addition of Elton Brand and the latest ratings adjustments.
  • A rumour regarding the expansion of the NBA Live development team has been brought to our attention. We don’t have any inside information, but we have a few thoughts on the possibility all the same.
  • The good news: face scanning has come to NBA 2K16 PC. The bad news: a lot of gamers probably won’t be able to take advantage of it, at least not yet.
  • We reflect on the issue of content creators getting burned out, talking about our own experiences and offering some advice.
  • Jimmy Butler became the fourth Chicago Bulls player to score 50+ points. On a less positive note, it looks like Joakim Noah is out for the season.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day saw some wild games in the NBA, including a career high 52 points by Kemba Walker.
  • A couple of players from the Class of 1999 are looking to make a comeback in the NBA.
  • Matthew Dellavedova has been voted the dirtiest player in the league. Will we still defend our fellow Aussie?
  • Andre Drummond set a new record for free throws missed in a single game. We take the opportunity to discuss the Hack-a-Whoever strategy.
  • We offer up some suggestions of players who may be traded before or at the deadline.
  • The NBA might appeal to international fans – like us – by scheduling some morning games in the future. Yes, we’re all for it.
  • This week’s Bold Predictions see…well, more bold predictions. Last week wasn’t kind to us.
  • We end Episode #142 of the NLSC Podcast with an interesting trivia note coming out of the Chicago Bulls/Golden State Warriors game.

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 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’ve got a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today, including the latest player face pack from S_Brat, and a 2016 season roster update by Freddie. Check them both out at the links below!

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2014/2015 Miami Heat Team Update

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2015/2016 Freddie Roster

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