File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC today, as Book_Gazette has released a new offseason roster update. Check it out at the link below!

2016-17 Roster Update

Once again, please note that this roster update was created by Book_Gazette, not me! Please contact him regarding any and all issues, as I cannot and will not provide support for work that isn’t mine. Please also note that I am not currently making any roster updates for NBA Live 08, or any other game. I did however recently re-upload my 2013 season roster updates for archive purposes, as well as offer them up as open source assets for anyone who wants to make future updates. For more information on that, please see this post.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Pick up a new custom global, and jerseys for The Drew League and Seattle Pro-Am, in the July 26th File Additions for NBA 2K14 PC!

Alliance Global

The Drew League and Seattle Pro-Am Jersey and Court Pack

Monday Tip-Off: Reflections on NBA Live Community Events

At EA Tiburon for the NBA Live 16 Community Event

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.

When I logged into Facebook this morning, “On This Day” presented me with a look back at previous posts that I’d made on July 25th. As it happens, on this day last year, I made a post letting my friends and family know that I’d be heading to the United States in the near future. The trip was for an NBA Live 16 community event that was being held at EA Tiburon in Orlando, but as I didn’t have clearance to talk about it openly just yet, I held back on the details and simply posted a teaser photo. I also had to be very coy on the NLSC Podcast, when discussing upcoming playtesting sessions and expressing a desire to be a part of them.

The NBA Live 16 event was one of the best that I’ve ever attended. While the game still had a ways to go – then and now – it was fun to get some early hands-on time with it, and experience the improvements. I also really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with the developers and provide feedback to them directly. On top of all that, the whole event was extremely well-organised, with every detail taken care of, and maximum time allotted for gaming. Past events were fun and productive, but several years of organising them have definitely given EA Sports’ community managers the opportunity to make them better and better.

Since it’s been almost a year since the last one I attended, I thought that I’d reflect a little upon the NBA Live community events that I’ve been a part of. Hopefully, last year’s won’t be the last.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Once again, we’re tipping off a new week here at the NLSC with a couple of file additions for NBA 2K16 PC. Today’s new files are a couple of jersey updates packs for the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, created by pinoy21. Check them out at the links below!

Boston Celtics Jerseys
Brooklyn Nets Jerseys

NLSC NBA Live Roster Links Fixed

Andre Igoudala & Deron Williams in the NLSC Roster Update for NBA Live 08

Now that we’re on our new server, and everything is set up and running normally again, I’ve been trying to tie up a few loose ends. To that end, I’ve re-uploaded my roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, and NBA Live 08 PC, which had been stored on a file server that we no longer have access to. The files are now on our new server, and available to download here:

Please note that these are the same 2013 season rosters that I released three years ago. They have not been updated in any way, just re-uploaded for archive purposes. Furthermore, to pre-empt the inevitable question, this is not an announcement of any future NLSC roster updates for any of those games. I’m just fixing some broken links so that our file archives are complete, and my old releases remain available for anyone who wants them.

Having said that, there is another reason that I’m making sure that those old roster updates are still available. If anyone in the community would like to use them as a base to create their own current rosters for those games, please feel free to do so. I know that there are still people interested in updating and playing the last few PC versions of NBA Live, so I’d like to help out by adopting an open source approach with my previous updates. All I ask is that you give me credit somewhere, as I have spent a lot of time on the roster updates for all four games over the years!

As always, a big thank you to everyone who supported my efforts while I was maintaining the NLSC roster updates for those games; I appreciate all the downloads and kind words over the years! Hopefully, you can still get some enjoyment out of them as-is, or put them to use in making brand new updates. If you’d like to learn more about editing rosters, be sure to check out these DBF Guides in the NLSC Wiki.

NBA 2K17 News Round-Up: National Teams, Italian Cover, More

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

In the wake of the developer blog on MyGM and MyLEAGUE, we have some more NBA 2K17 news this week. Fox Sports has confirmed that the Australian Boomers will be in this year’s game, in the process confirming the presence of national teams in general. The inclusion of national teams was heavily rumoured after gamers noticed an image of Paul George wearing a Team USA jersey in the background of his cover, and it would appear that the speculation was well-founded.

Team USA is obviously a lock to be included, but as of this time, no other national teams have been officially confirmed. However, GameStop UK seems to have leaked a couple of as yet unannounced pre-order bonuses, namely the 1992 Dream Team, and a Paul George USA Basketball jersey. Since PeacemanNOT first pointed this out in the Forum, it appears as though the leaked info has since been removed from the listing. It remains to be seen whether the entire Dream Team will be included, as was the case in NBA 2K13. With the exception of NBA 2K13, Charles Barkley in particular is a notorious holdout when it comes to basketball video games.

Speaking of international teams and players, Danilo Gallinari revealed that he will appear on the Italian NBA 2K17 cover, Tweeting out an image of the cover art. You can also check out the cover artwork below. As of writing, no other international covers have been confirmed.

With any luck, we’ll be getting a more consistent stream of news and previews leading up to NBA 2K17’s release in September. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the latest tidbits? Have your say in the comments section below, and be sure to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Thanks again to PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

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The Friday Five: 5 Most Missed Modes in Basketball Games

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.

Earlier this week, we received some exciting news about upgrades to the franchise modes in NBA 2K17. MyGM and MyLEAGUE will include league expansion, both modes will feature all kinds of customisation options, and a standalone Playoffs mode is also being added to the game. After expressing my frustration at the prospect of a quiet preview season in this week’s Monday Tip-Off, it was definitely satisfying to see the previews for NBA 2K17 get underway with some very welcome news about the franchise modes, which I’ve traditionally been quite interested in.

While we’re still yet to learn anything about MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, or much else about NBA 2K17, I’m expecting another very solid release as far as game modes are concerned. Meanwhile, NBA Live has struggled to provide deep modes since its comeback with NBA Live 14. While LIVE Pro-Am was well-made with a lot of potential for further growth, generally speaking, modes remain a weakness for NBA Live. As I look ahead and hope for improvements in both titles, I can’t help but think about some of the modes that are greatly missed. I would suggest that many basketball gamers would welcome the return of these five modes.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

We have two new file additions for NBA Live 06 PC today: a Golden State Warriors empty arena, and a comprehensive 2006 season art update. Check them out at the links below!

2017 Golden State Warriors Empty Seat Arena

The Real Badger
2005/2006 Art Update

NLSC Podcast – Episode #168

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #168 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are a two-man booth this week, while Kenny is out of town celebrating his 30th birthday. With a lack of meaningful NBA news, it’s a shorter episode, but the past week has delivered us some promising details on NBA 2K17, and an NBA Live 17 rumour.

On this week’s show…

  • After a Monday Tip-Off column lamenting the lack of a preview season, we received a developer blog on the improvements to MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K17. We recap all the details, and offer up our thoughts.
  • An interesting rumour is making the rounds regarding BDotADot possibly providing some motion capture for NBA Live 17. Could we see a lot more signature animations, when the game drops in early 2017?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: A recap of last week’s 2K Pro-Am games featuring NLSC Greatness, recent activities in MyCAREER, and a bargain on a LeBron James card in MyTEAM.
  • We wrap up Episode #168 of the NLSC Podcast with a long-term Bold Prediction by Kenny that turned out to be correct. Unfortunately, he isn’t around to gloat about it.

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

Today we have a bunch of updated releases for NBA 2K14 PC, including the latest version of skoadam’s URB mod, and dtd’s fictional outdoor courts. Check them all out at the links below!

2K14 U R Basketball V48 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 18/07/16] (Updated to v48.0)

Outdoor Dallas Mavericks Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Denver Nuggets Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Golden State Warriors Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Houston Rockets Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Los Angeles Clippers Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Los Angeles Lakers Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Memphis Grizzlies Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Miami Heat Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Minnesota Timberwolves Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Oklahoma City Thunder Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Phoenix Suns Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Portland Trail Blazers Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Sacramento Kings Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor San Antonio Spurs Court (Updated to v3.0)
Outdoor Utah Jazz Court (Updated to v3.0)

Wayback Wednesday: Yao Ming in Basketball Video Games

Yao Ming 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.

On this day in 2011, Hall of Famer Yao Ming announced his retirement from the Houston Rockets and the NBA. It brought an end to a career that was unfortunately marred by injuries, but was nevertheless successful, and marvellous to watch. While he wasn’t the first player over 7’3″ to find a home and make a legitimate contribution in the NBA, he remains the only one to achieve true superstar status. Only Rik Smits comes close, and that comparison still greatly favours Yao, to say the least. On the court, he was so much more than just an attraction, an oddity, or another very tall player.

Just as Yao Ming was a star on the court, so too did his digital counterpart find success on the virtual hardwood. Yao was a handy player to have in a Dynasty or Association game, with his combination of height and skill making him a very formidable opponent in the paint. Since it’s the anniversary of his retirement, I thought I’d take a look back at Yao Ming’s history in basketball video games, offering up a few tidbits about his virtual counterpart, and providing a few screenshots through the years.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K17 Features Enhancements to MyGM & MyLEAGUE

NBA 2K17: League Type in MyGM & MyLEAGUE

It was only in this week’s Monday Tip-Off that I was lamenting the quietness of this year’s preview season. As it turns out, news was indeed right around the corner, as exciting information on NBA 2K17 has been published over on the official NBA 2K Facebook page.

Senior Producer Erick Boenisch published a blog revealing that league expansion has been added to MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K17. We will now have the option of beginning a new MyGM or MyLEAGUE game with the current league, a league with six expansion teams in addition to the current 30 franchises, or a completely custom league. Teams can be moved and re-branded, the same as in NBA 2K16.

The custom league option allows the inclusion of any combination of real NBA teams, new expansion teams, customised teams, Euroleague teams, and even the classic teams. NBA 2K17 will include some pre-configured custom art assets for the expansion teams, in case you don’t want to spend the time creating them all yourself. Additionally, community uploads will allow users to share assets that they make, so we’ll be able to save each other some time as well.

NBA 2K17’s league expansion options include a customisable Expansion Draft with player protections, a schedule creation tool, and more. The game also accounts for an increased number of teams in the lottery, recalculating the Draft odds accordingly. Expansion can also take place dynamically during the offseason, with MyLEAGUE naturally offering more control over the situation than in MyGM.

In other exciting news, the standalone Playoffs mode has returned. The option to start a new game from the current date in the season also returns, along with MyLEAGUE Online. There’s no word yet on what kind of features MyLEAGUE Online will include compared to its offline equivalent, but more details will surely be coming soon.

Finally, the menus have been redesigned this year, and will dynamically update in MyGM and MyLEAGUE to reflect changes that occur through league expansion. For more information, be sure to check out the blog on the official NBA 2K Facebook page. Got any thoughts on the news? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in our newly opened NBA 2K17 section. Also see below for a couple of menu screenshots.

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NBA 2K16 PC Available on Humble Bundle

NBA 2K16: Anthony Davis posts up Tim Duncan

The PC version of NBA 2K16 is currently available at a great discount over on Humble Bundle. You can pick up the game as part of a 2K Games bundle, though it’s one of the titles that you must pay more than the average to unlock. As of this post, that means paying a little under $8 US, which is still one of the best deals you’ll find on NBA 2K16 PC at the moment, on top of any of the other titles you may be interested in.

If you do decide to take this opportunity to pick up NBA 2K16 PC, or perhaps double-dip if you’ve been playing one of the console versions, be sure to join in the conversation here in the NLSC Forum! I’ve taken the opportunity to pick up a spare key myself, with a view towards a giveaway to tide someone over until the release of NBA 2K17. Stay tuned for more details on that.

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K16 PC feature pinoy21’s latest jersey updates for the Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards. Download them both at the links below!

Sacramento Kings Jerseys
Washington Wizards Jerseys

Monday Tip-Off: Where Is The Preview Season?

Paul George with the layup 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.

If you’re a regular listener of the NLSC Podcast, you’ll have heard me describe the current time of year as a very quiet period. After the initial flurry of deals, all of the major free agent signings are over and done with. There’s been Summer League play, of course, but here in the basketball gaming community, we’re anxiously awaiting the start of the preview season. With NBA Live 17 being pushed back to early 2017, we’re obviously not going to hear much about it for some time. NBA 2K17 will be dropping in mid September, but details on that release are similarly scarce.

That isn’t anything too out of the ordinary, though. Even when both titles have been released around the same time, Visual Concepts has often waited until almost the last minute before finally revealing the juiciest details on the next NBA 2K game. I would suggest that a lot of the time, the information has been worth waiting for, and the success of the series certainly speaks for itself. At the same time, I miss the days of getting a steady flow of information, and feeling really hyped about the upcoming releases.

As such, I find myself asking: where is the preview season?

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