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NBA 2K19 First Look Screenshot: Karl-Anthony Towns

NBA 2K19: Karl-Anthony Towns First Look

The release of NBA 2K19 First Look screenshots featuring Team 2K members continues. The latest player to be spotlighted is 2016 Rookie of the Year and 2018 All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

As they’ve been doing with the previous First Look screenshots, 2K also revealed Towns’ initial Overall Rating in this year’s game. He will be rated 91 Overall in the default roster, a modest jump from 90 Overall in the final roster for NBA 2K18. Other 90+ Overall players so far include LeBron James (98) and Kawhi Leonard (95).

Check out the screenshot of Karl-Anthony Towns below, as well as here in our NBA 2K19 screenshots gallery. As always, feel free to add any thoughts you have in the comments section below, as well as join in all of the screenshot discussion taking place in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

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The Friday Five: 5 Players Who Appeared In Video Games, But Not The NBA (Part 2)

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. This week’s Five is another list of five players who have appeared in more basketball video games than actual NBA games.

Last year, I compiled a list of five players that had appeared in at least one NBA video game, but never logged a minute in the NBA itself. I found it to be a rather interesting and quirky phenomenon, and I figured that there would be further examples. In fact, I did have a sixth example which I held back from including as an honourable mention, just in case I had the opportunity to write a Part 2. Serendipity struck as I stumbled across two such examples recently, which inspired me to do a little research to see if I could find a couple more to make it five.

I did indeed find those last two examples, and so this week, I’m presenting a second list of five players who appeared in video games, but not the NBA. Keep in mind that some of these players may have appeared in Summer League or even Pre-Season games for NBA teams, but until they step out onto the court during a regular season game, they haven’t officially made their NBA debut. I’ve also decided not to count the unlockable rookies in NBA Live 2004 who never made it to the NBA, as the situation is a little different with them being hidden out of the box. Also, I have to save a few examples for a potential Part 3 and beyond. With that being said, let’s get to the list!

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NBA Live 19 Global Courts Trailer; Allen Iverson on NBA Live Squad

Rucker Park in NBA Live 19

EA Sports has released a new NBA Live 19 trailer, spotlighting the authentic courts from around the globe that will be featured in The Streets. The trailer prominently features Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, who confirmed on Twitter that he is part of the NBA Live Squad, and will therefore have a presence in the mode. Cover player Joel Embiid also appears in the trailer.

The featured venues shown in the trailer are Quai 54, Rio De Janerio, The Tenement, The Cage, Cherashore Playground, Drew League, Venice Beach, Barry Farms, Kezar Pavilion, Hoop Dome, Margaret Hie Ding Lin Park, Dyckman Park, Seattle Pacific University, and Rucker Park. You can check out some profiles and screenshots of the venues here over on the official NBA Live 19 website.

Check out the trailer below, or catch it here on YouTube.

What are your impressions of the Global Courts trailer? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

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NBA 2K19 First Look Screenshot: Ben Simmons

NBA 2K19: Ben Simmons First Look

The latest NBA 2K19 First Look screenshot has revealed the next member of Team 2K: Australian cover player and 2018 Rookie of the Year, Ben Simmons.

As with the other First Look screenshots, Simmons’ Overall Rating has also been revealed. He will be an 87 Overall in the default roster, which places him on par with fellow standout Class of 2018 rookies Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell. His 87 Overall rating is also up from the 85 he had achieved by the final official roster for NBA 2K18.

Check out the screenshot below, as well as here in our NBA 2K19 gallery. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion taking place in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K19 Screens: Donovan Mitchell, Kawhi Leonard, & DeMar DeRozan

NBA 2K19: Kawhi Leonard First Look

Not one, not two, but three new NBA 2K19 First Look screenshots were released today. Reigning Slam Dunk Champion Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz was revealed as the next member of Team 2K, while Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan – who have just been traded for each other – are also previewed wearing their new uniforms.

As with the previous screenshots, the initial Overall Ratings for the three players have also been revealed. Kawhi Leonard is rated 94 Overall, DeMar DeRozan 89 Overall, and Donovan Mitchell 87 Overall. For comparison, they were rated 95 Overall, 89 Overall, and 84 Overall respectively in the final official rosters for NBA 2K18.

Check out the screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA 2K19 gallery. What are your thoughts on the latest screenshots and Overall Ratings? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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Wayback Wednesday: The Charlotte Bobcats in NBA Live 2004

Charlotte Bobcats in NBA Live 2004

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at the presence of the Charlotte Bobcats in NBA Live 2004.

The Charlotte Bobcats are no more. Well, the team is still around, but they are now of course the new version of the Charlotte Hornets, following the purchase of the name after New Orleans became the Pelicans. It’s probably safe to say that most NBA fans, both in North Carolina and elsewhere, were happy to see the familiar branding return. The Bobcats name was often criticised, with many fans feeling that it was a poor fit for an NBA team. With the team set to celebrate its 30th Anniversary this year, it’s great to have the Hornets back in the league.

Of course, the Charlotte Bobcats era remains a part of the club’s history, too. While the official lineage of the Hornets and Pelicans has been retconned to consider the Hornets inactive from 2002 to 2004 and the Pelicans to be an expansion team that joined the league in 2002, in reality the resurrected Hornets are the league’s newest team in terms of their operations, becoming the 30th franchise as the Bobcats in 2004. They would actually make their video game debut a year earlier however, as they were included in NBA Live 2004. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Ultimate Base Roster V41 for NBA 2K14 Released

NBA 2K14 Ultimate Base Roster V41 Preview

On the heels of the comeback releaseHAWK23 and company have completed another new update for the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14! Here are some of the key changes in V41:

  • Added Ult Base Roster V41 Roster (current rosters as of 7/17/18)
  • Added UBR V41 Assoc July 17 Roster (current rosters as of 7/17/18 best in Association mode)
  • Updated all transactions/signings through July 17th
  • Added realistic contracts to the current rosters through July 17th – courtesy vinicius
  • Added updated version of 2019 Roster V1 (mirror image of the UBR V41 Assoc file)
  • Added Version 2 of the 2018 Roster

New logos, jerseys, and faces have also been added. You can check out a complete overview of the key features of V41 here. Download the latest version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC here, and be sure to check out the release topic here in the Forum for further information and previews.

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NBA 2K19 First Look Screenshot: Jayson Tatum

NBA 2K19: Jayson Tatum First Look

It seems that 2K Sports will be releasing First Look screenshots for NBA 2K19 throughout the week, featuring members of Team 2K. The latest screenshot features Jayson Tatum, who had a standout rookie season with the Boston Celtics in 2018.

As with the previous screenshot featuring 20th Anniversary Edition cover player LeBron James, the latest screen also reveals Jayson Tatum’s Overall Rating. It seems Tatum will be rated 87 Overall in the default roster of NBA 2K19, up from the 82 Overall he was rated in the final official roster for NBA 2K18.

Check out the full screenshot below. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section, as well as join in the official screenshot discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum. Once again, it looks like we’ll be getting screenshots of the Team 2K members throughout the week, so stay tuned for more previews of prominent players and their initial Overall Ratings!

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Latest NBA 2K19 Screenshot Features Cover Player LeBron James

NBA 2K19: LeBron James First Look

2K Sports have revealed the second official NBA 2K19 screenshot via the game’s official Twitter. After providing us with a glimpse of Standard Edition cover player Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first official screenshot, the latest screen features LeBron James, cover player for the 20th Anniversary Edition.

In addition to showing LeBron in his new Los Angeles Lakers garb, the screenshot also reveals him as a member of Team 2K, and his Overall Rating of 98. This would assuredly make him the highest rated active player in NBA 2K19. In NBA 2K18, the All-Time Cavaliers and All-Time Heat versions of LeBron were rated 99 Overall, while the active version on the Cavs was rated 97.

Check out the screenshot of LeBron James below, and feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on how the game is looking so far. You can also join in the discussion of all the official screenshots in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

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Monday Tip-Off: The Self-Destruction of NBA Playgrounds 2

Kevin Durant shoots in NBA Playgrounds 2

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. This week, I’m tipping things off with some further thoughts on NBA Playgrounds 2, and how the game appears to be self-destructing before it’s even released.

Back in May, I wrote an article discussing the opportunity that NBA Playgrounds 2 had to become the definitive arcade basketball game of the current generation. In the immediate wake of the game’s indefinite postponement, such a suggestion still felt somewhat plausible. As the weeks and months have passed, however, it’s starting to feel laughable. We haven’t heard a single thing since the game was postponed, and despite vague promises in the game’s official Facebook group, there’s little to back up the idea that “good things come to those who wait”.

Right now, Saber Interactive is insisting that the game isn’t cancelled, and that the release was pushed back for positive reasons. While that may ultimately turn out to be true, their silence is not inspiring confidence. Gamers are starting to feel sceptical and cynical, rather than anticipating an announcement that’s still “coming soon”. While the game may indeed come out, it’s going to have a tough time living up to the hype and expectations set by its mysterious delay. Even if it turns out to be an improvement on the first NBA Playgrounds and a solid game, the opportunity to become the arcade basketball game of this generation may have slipped through Saber’s fingers.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

In the mood to dust off NBA 2K11 PC in the near future? I hope so; I’m currently working on a roster update for the game! In the meantime however, other people in the community are making updates for this beloved game, with DaCrispy releasing some new team logos, NBA 2K19 branding, and a G-League arena update, and JuicyShaqMeat adding 2019 Nuggets jerseys. Check out all of the latest NBA 2K11 mods at the links below!

DaCrispy
NBA 2K19 Logo Update
NBA 2018-19 Team Logo Update
G-League Arena Update

JuicyShaqMeat
2018-19 Denver Nugggets Jerseys

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Since we tipped off the week with some new file additions for NBA 2K18 PC, why not the weekend as well? We have a bunch of new files today including a handful of player faces from Rockmonts, and a heap of retro jerseys from PeacemanNOT. Check them out at the links below!

Rockmonts
Andray Blatche Face
Zaza Pachulia Face
Jordan Bell Face (2018 Finals)

PeacemanNOT
2002-2003 Mavericks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1992-1993 Hornets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Bucks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Grizzlies Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Pistons Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Sixers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Suns Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Timberwolves Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1997-1998 Raptors Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1999-2000 Rockets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2003-2004 Lakers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2003-2004 Pistons Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2003-2004 Timberwolves Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2004-2005 Spurs Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2004-2005 Suns Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2005-2006 Grizzlies Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2005-2006 Heat Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2006-2007 Cavaliers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2006-2007 Warriors Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Celtics Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Hornets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Nuggets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Rockets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2010-2011 Bulls Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2010-2011 Mavericks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2011-2012 Knicks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2011-2012 Thunder Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2012-2013 Grizzlies Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2012-2013 Heat Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2013-2014 Pacers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2015-2016 Warriors Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 5 Ways Basketball Games Are Less Fun Now

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. This week’s Five is a list of ways that basketball video games are less fun these days.

Basketball video games have improved in leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades, but it hasn’t always been a smooth journey. There have been missteps along the way, and moving forward, there’s obviously still room for improvement in both NBA Live and NBA 2K. Despite that, it’s fair to say that in many ways, basketball games are better than they’ve ever been, providing extremely fun experiences thanks to the factors I discussed in last week’s Friday Five. At the same time, there are a few aspects of today’s games that make them less fun than their predecessors.

It’s difficult to say that without sounding like a grumpy old man being held hostage by his own nostalgia, but it’s true. While design concepts and technology have come a long way, there are certain trends – some specific to basketball games, others common to video gaming in general – that make us yearn for the good old days. In some cases, the good old days aren’t even that long ago, with some of these issues infiltrating our favourite basketball games within the past few years. It’s not that basketball games aren’t fun anymore, or necessarily worse than the titles that came before them, but the particular elements I’m about to discuss have come to affect our enjoyment.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include player faces, a 2018 season roster update and real Draft Class, and a court pack. Check them all out at the links below!

Blang
Luka Dončić Face

Jumpman2K
Brad Wanamaker Face

Mackubex
Mackubex 2017-2018 NBA Season Roster
Mackubex 2017 NBA Draft Class

Sastre Matulin
Philippine Arena Court Pack (Updated to v2.0)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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Wayback Wednesday: Cool Facts in NBA Live 97

Cool Facts about Mitch Richmond (NBA Live 97)

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at the Cool Facts in NBA Live 97.

Old basketball video games often have some interesting little features that we don’t find in more recent releases. While we can often feel nostalgic for these features, there’s usually a good reason why they don’t appear in newer games. Some of them are outdated concepts that no longer have a use today. Similarly, others are simply rendered obsolete by advances in technology, or may now take on a very different form. Nevertheless, we tend to remember those quirky old features with the same fondness as the gameplay experience itself, as well as the players of the era.

That is definitely the case with Cool Facts in NBA Live 97. Exclusive to the PC and PlayStation versions of NBA Live 97, Cool Facts were bonus content that taught us a little more about all of the players that we were playing with on the virtual hardwood. A lot of long-time NBA Live players probably remember the feature as a fun exercise while browsing through the rosters, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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