The Friday Five: My 5 Favourite NBA Jerseys

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

I must admit, owing to the fact that I’ve been a little busy with a few other things this week – NLSC related and otherwise – I’m writing The Friday Five very close to it being “due”, which initially left me wondering what to talk about today. However, with the Charlotte Hornets unveiling their new uniforms (which I quite like), one topic immediately jumped out at me when I glanced at my list of potential Friday Five ideas: my five favourite NBA jerseys.

Now, this is obviously subjective and in no way intended to be a definitive list of the best jerseys in NBA history; they are simply my personal favourites as of this moment, according to my taste (or lack thereof, as some of you may be inclined to say). No doubt we all have very different top fives when it comes to our favourite NBA uniforms, and I certainly invite you to share yours as well, but before you do, here are the five NBA jerseys that I like the most.

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NBA Live 14 Giveaway

NBA Live 14 Cover Art

Yes, the preview season for NBA Live 15 is upon us, but we won’t be getting our hands on the game until October 7th…or at least a couple of days later, if you’re like me and live outside North America. In the meantime, if you haven’t given NBA Live 14 a look yet and would like to try out the full version at absolutely no cost, we have two copies of the game to give away: one for PlayStation 4, and one for Xbox One.

To enter, all you need to do is post a comment on this very article, and in no more than 50 words, tell us about your favourite experience with the NBA Live series, as well as your console of choice. To post a comment, you’ll need to register an NLSC Forum account (if you don’t already have one). I’ll be picking the two best answers and naming two winners: one for PlayStation 4, and one for Xbox One.

For further terms and conditions, please see below. The giveaway closes July 1st at 12:01 AM US EDT, so get your entries in ASAP, and good luck!

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Final Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14 Now Available

Kawhi Leonard in NBA 2K14 PC

The final official roster has been released for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through June 17th, 2014. All previously injured players have now been activated, but it doesn’t appear as though any further changes have been made to player ratings to finish off the season.

As always, the latest update will be pushed through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you fire up NBA 2K14. PC users may also make use of our offline pack, which contains the latest roster and online data files.

Ultimate Base Roster V12 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

2014 Draftees in the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC

With the 2014 NBA season coming to a close, a new version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC has been released by HAWK23 and the rest of the UBR team. Key features of the latest release (V12) are as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster (UBR)
  • Edited all 56 roster files (new versions for all mods) to fix the issue where post-player power forwards were lurking around the 3-point line. Now only appropriate power forwards spot up for 3
  • Fixed an issue where the standings were not being tabulated correctly in association mode in the UBR Association mode (teams showing record of 0-0)
  • Fixed some teams throughout the 80’s mods that were assigned to the wrong conference in association mode
  • 4 temporary teams remain in the UBR Association file. These teams combine to contain 76 NBA Draft Prospects that you can assign to teams as you wish until the NBA Draft
  • Added ~6 new retro cyberfaces courtesy ShawnKemp
  • Made significant upgrades & updates to the All-Time Legends roster
  • Rosters accurate as of 6/18/2014 (compatible/based off Meds)

Download the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 here! Be sure to check out the release thread for more information, previews and support, as well as Like the official UBR Facebook page.

NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Sit

Sit Story Thread Interview

We certainly love our basketball games here at the NLSC, so when it comes to modes like Dynasty, Association, and MyCAREER, some of us like to share the experience with our fellow gamers. In the Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum, several gamers maintain story threads chronicling their adventures and achievements in the virtual NBA. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of interviews with some of our most prominent storytellers, to get an insight into their experiences and discover why they enjoy maintaining story threads.

In this sixth installment of our series of Story Thread Interviews, we’re talking to Sit, a longtime NLSC Forum member who has multiple threads inducted in both the Dynasty and Association Hall of Fame. Check out what he has to say about his experiences playing the games and maintaining his story threads, his advice for anyone looking to start a thread of their own, and some of the other storytellers that he enjoys following.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #83

NLSC Podcast Logo

The NBA Finals have concluded, bringing about an end to the 2014 season, however the offseason and NBA video game preview season are both just getting started. Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we discuss the Finals, NBA Live 15 news, and more in Episode #83 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • We recap and react to the latest NBA Live 15 news, as the Twitter Q&A with Sean O’Brien provided us with some interesting (and promising) tidbits.
  • Do we think we’ll see any NBA Live 15 previews during the Draft? What about NBA 2K15?
  • As another exciting preview season looms, we reflect on JaoSming’s latest Dumb Mondays article, which talked about the pessimism and cynicism that previews can often bring about.
  • JaoSming provides another quick update on RED MC and the modding community.
  • The 2014 NBA Finals are in the books, and the San Antonio Spurs have dethroned the Miami Heat to capture title number five. A couple of us were particularly happy to see that.
  • What’s next for the Heat  and Spurs? Will we see a rubber match? And where is Carmelo Anthony going to end up?
  • We wrap up the show by offering a few final thoughts on the 2014 season, and rate our enjoyment of it accordingly.

Click Play to listen to the show!

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NBA Street 2K14 v1 Mod Released!

NBA Street 2K14 Mod Screenshot

With the release of the iff editing update for RED MC, I can now release the full first version of my NBA Street 2K14 mod! The mod features 23 different street courts, including many variations of Rucker Park, custom crowds for Attack Athletics, and new crowds for the Practice Gym and Rooftop courts. I was also able to convert over the _lo quality versions of NBA 2K12 courts, which were originally from the PlayStation 2 versions of NBA 2K. Couple all these courts with custom uniforms from bigh0rt and R4zoR, and all the database edits I did from the “Early” version of the mod, and you get one complete street mod. And of course, like all the mods I made, this mod will not overwrite any of your original files and should work fine with any other mods you have installed.

You can get the mod from our Downloads Database, and be sure to check out the Release Thread as well. Hit Read More to see some gameplay videos I regularly upload to my YouTube channel.

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RED MC iff Editing Update Released for NBA 2K PC

Modding Street Indoor Arena NBA 2K14 PC

Vl@d Zola Jr. has finally released his much anticipated update for his roster editing tool RED MC which now allows for iff editing. iff files are what contain all the information for NBA 2K games, and while we have had very useful tools for years, RED MC provides a more consistent and flexible editing experience. Texture resolution restrictions are no longer an issues and the specific parts of each file can be manipulated to mash multiple arenas together, change the size of sound effects, or swap animations around easily.

As with the other roster editing licenses of RED MC, there is a pay-for license with iff editing. Of note, there is now a split in licenses, offering a 1 year expiring license or a lifetime licenses. It is also important to know that iff files saved with RED MC can not be edited with other iff editing tools or hex editing.

You can get the new version of RED MC from Vl@d’s official topic in the NBA 2K14 Releases Forum. I have created 6 tutorials for the update as well, which you can check out here or by hitting Read More.

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The Tuesday Triple: NBA 2K15 PC Speculation

The Tuesday Triple

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

When I was writing yesterday’s Dumb Monday I realized there are three different outcomes of NBA 2K15’s release on the PC platform. It could be a PlayStation 4/Xbox One port, a fully-featured PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 port, or the same watered-down port we have received year after year. Perfect for a Tuesday Triple right? So let’s get the hype train on the tracks and the speculation tinfoil hats on, I am going to try and predict how the community would react to each of these possible releases.

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NBA Live 15 E3 Q&A with Sean O’Brien

NBA Live 15 - #AskObes Q&A

EA Sports has posted Sean O’Brien’s answers to the #AskObes NBA Live 15 Twitter Q&A over on the game’s official website. Although the Q&A was centred around the first screenshot and behind the scenes video for NBA Live 15, Sean also touched very briefly on a few other points of interest. Highlights of the Q&A are as follows:

  • The development team has scanned faces for around 70% of the league, and are planning on scanning the rookies during the NBA Summer League.
  • Currently, the team plans to scan more faces during the 2015 season and push them through along with their other content updates.
  • Specialised character artists have been tapped to create the faces for players they haven’t been able to scan yet.
  • Player body types are being completely re-done.
  • Much attention has been paid to improving gameplay, including the core systems and responsiveness on the sticks.
  • Three big areas of improvement in NBA Live 15: visuals, gameplay, and onboarding (teaching users how to play).
  • More screenshots (and video) coming soon. No exact word on when just yet.
  • Jerseys and accessories will be improved (also being scanned). Scans do not affect cloth physics; two different systems that work parallel to each other.
  • There’s a new approach to lighting in NBA Live 15, which has helped improve the visuals.

Once again, check out the Q&A for Sean’s full answers! Feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as here in the Forum.

Dumb Mondays: Change this Face, Be Happy, Enjoy!

Dumb Mondays

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

If you are unfamiliar with the title please watch this video of Ricky Rubio talking to Alexey Shved. It comes off as one of the most genuine and nicest things I have seen during an NBA game, enough to make me smile whenever it is mentioned or I see that clip. That kind of optimism is something that I think we need here at the NLSC. With the confusion surrounding the $60 preorders for NBA 2K15 PC coupled with the speculation that is normal around this time of year, I have been getting this feeling of pessimism in the community. So this week I am going to rant a bit about being happy with what we have, because 6 years ago we went through this before.

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San Antonio Spurs are the 2014 NBA Champions; New Poll

Kawhi Leonard in NBA Live 14

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs, the 2014 NBA Champions! The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 104-87 to take the series 4-1. Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP, following a breakout performance in the series. The Finals proved a majority of voters in our last site poll correct, as 62% of you picked the Spurs to win.

Our new poll asks an obvious question in the wake of the Finals ending: “How do you rate the 2013/2014 NBA season?” Cast your vote now, and be sure to join in the discussion of the 2014 NBA Finals, the offseason, and more in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Tip off the week with a couple of new face updates for NBA 2K14 PC: one for Dwyane Wade, and one intended for the FIBA rosters, Zaid Abbaas. Download them both at the links below.

Kevin Parker
Dwyane Wade Face

FIBA Baller
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Zaid Abbaas (Jordan SF)

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week (Weeks 14 & 15)

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week

Welcome to the latest installment of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week! This is a weekly feature in which we invite the community to submit their best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K, for a chance to have them featured in a Top 10 countdown compiled by Lean.

We have a double feature this week, as Lean has caught up on all the submissions from the past fortnight to present Weeks 14 and 15 of the NLSC Top 10 Plays. As always, both countdowns feature some very entertaining moments from our community’s exploits on the virtual hardwood, at both ends of the court. Check them out below, or watch Week 14 here and Week 15 here over on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded videos.

For your chance to be featured in the next installment of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, please see this thread for more information and start posting your videos ASAP!

Week 14

Week 15

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC feature a couple of packs for this year’s NBA Finalists: player faces for the San Antonio Spurs, and jerseys for the Miami Heat. Pick them up at the links below!

S_Brat
2013/2014 San Antonio Spurs Face Pack

looyh
Miami Heat 2013/2014 Jersey Pack (Updated to v1.1)