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NLSC Podcast – Episode #272

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Episode #272 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Both Arcane and Kenny are unavailable to co-host this week, so I’ve given a solo show another try. As a result, it’s a shorter episode, but I still manage to catch up on some recent news, offer up some opinions, and share what I’ve been doing on the virtual hardwood.

On this week’s show…

  • A content update has come through for NBA Live 19, featuring current rosters and new items in The One Store. Although the updates are welcome, there is growing unrest within the community, who generally want to see more focus on NBA content.
  • Our modding community continues to pump out some excellent work. It’s difficult not to get inspired to contribute, and to that end, a few projects are still in the works.
  • Cleanprincegaming posted an excellent retrospective on the rise and fall of the NBA Street series. It highlights an unfortunate shift in EA Sports’ business model, and a lack of creativity in the current market.
  • Has 2K ruined Team Pro-Am? Despite the launch of the NBA 2K League, the changes to Pro-Am in recent games seem counterproductive to generating interest in it, or the mode in general.
  • Episode #272 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with some recent stories from the virtual hardwood, including a frustrating bug in the NBA Finals in NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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U R Basketball V65 Released for NBA 2K14

U R Basketball 2K14 V65 Preview

V65 of U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 has been released by skoadam and slimm44. The latest updates to the mod include current 2019 season rosters, new All-Star artwork, updated Olympic rosters, and many more enhancements. An overview of the updates in V65 is as follows:

  • Trades updated through 27th January
  • Updated ratings by slimm
  • Updated tendencies by slimm
  • Updated rotations/minutes
  • Updated team roles
  • Added a few missing players
  • Updated portraits
  • Updated new contracts
  • Updated faces ( Maravich, Chasedown, EC2K)
  • Added 2019 All Star court
  • Updated Wolves coach
  • Removed generic 2K shoes

You can find V65 of U R Basketball here in our Downloads section. Be sure to check out the release topic here for support, previews, and more information about future releases. Additionally, you can find an updated list of cyberface IDs used in URB here.

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NBA Live 19 January 25th Content Update Details

James Harden in NBA Live 19

A new content update has come through for NBA Live 19. As with all content updates, it will be downloaded automatically upon firing up the game, provided that your console has an active Internet connection.

Key features of the January 25th content update include the latest rosters, and new items in The One Store. In addition to the latest transactions and lineups, the new rosters contain several ratings updates. Some of the biggest movers and shakers include LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Joel Embiid, D’Angelo Russell, and Luka Doncic. New items in The One Store include Black History Month shoes, Nike Team logo t-shirts, Icon and Association shorts, and new court items.

For a full breakdown of the changes to the rosters, please check out the above link. For a history of NBA Live 19 title updates, see this article over in our Wiki. Also, don’t forget that we want to get our NBA Live 20 Wishlist submitted by the end of the January, so be sure to post your feedback in this Forum topic.

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The Friday Five: 5 Ideas NBA 2K Should Borrow from 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 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 discusses five ideas that NBA 2K should borrow from NBA Live.

The time has come to compile and finalise our Wishlist for NBA 2K20, and send it off to the development team at Visual Concepts as soon as possible. While NBA 2K is currently a very deep and successful NBA sim, I would suggest that most basketball gamers would agree that there’s still room for improvement. This includes polishing up existing features and addressing some gameplay concerns, but as far as changing concepts and approaches, or implementing new features, I do believe that NBA Live has some ideas that NBA 2K could borrow.

A lot of people may scoff at that and dismiss the notion out of hand. After all, when you’re the premier product, you lead; you don’t follow. However, even though NBA 2K is undisputedly the brand leader and NBA Live continues to rebuild after many rough years, EA Sports’ long-running hoops title has featured some really good ideas, even as it’s struggled to make a dent in NBA 2K’s sales. Great as it is, there are some aspects of NBA 2K that feel dated or problematic, and some of the solutions may lie in NBA Live’s approach to those features. 2K has borrowed from NBA Live before – right stick dribbling being a prime example – and it could stand to do so again.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K18 PC are four portrait updates for future Draft prospects. Download them all at the links below!

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Zion Williamson Portrait
R.J.Barrett Portrait
Cameron Reddish Portrait
Bol Bol Portrait

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: The Weirdest NBA Tall Tale I Ever Heard

An NBA Tall Tale: Michael Jordan on the Hornets (NBA 2K19)

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 reminiscing about the weirdest NBA tall tale that I ever heard as a kid back in the 90s.

Although the Internet is a place of much subjective debate when it comes to the NBA, it offers plenty of resources for looking up objective statistics, records, and other such information. That makes it more difficult to concoct rumours, and try to trick your fellow fans with tall tales. I recently remembered the weirdest tall tale that someone told me back in the 90s: that Michael Jordan was originally drafted by the Charlotte Hornets! It got me thinking about how this bizarre tall tale originated, so I’ve decided to re-tell the story using clips from NBA 2K19. Let’s take a look back…way back…

Check it out here if you can’t see the embedded video. I’m working on some more video ideas for Wayback Wednesday and other features, including a comparison of NBA Live 95 and NBA Showdown, so be sure to subscribe to the NLSC’s YouTube channel! I hope that you enjoyed this look back at a weird NBA tall tale from the 90s, as told by NBA 2K19. Has anyone ever tried to fool you with an unusual and unlikely myth about the NBA? If so, share it in the comments section below! Additionally, if there’s a game you’re particularly nostalgic for, let me know what it is, and I might profile it (or an interesting aspect of it) in a future Wayback Wednesday feature.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

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Today’s big batch of NBA 2K19 file additions includes player updates, TV branding mods, a new modding tool, and updated All-Star jerseys. Check out all of the latest releases for NBA 2K19 PC at the links below!

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NBA TV Studio Show
NBC Sports Watermarks
ESPN Studio Show (Updated to v2.0)
TNT Studio Show (Updated to v2.0)

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Nikola Jokic Face & Model
Tyreke Evans Face & Model (Updated to v2.0)
Lance Stephenson Face (Updated to v2.0)

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D.J. Wilson Tattoo
Cameron Payne Tattoo
Marcus Smart Tattoo
Sindarius Thornwell Tattoo
DeAndre’ Bembry Tattoo
John Collins Tattoo
Tyler Lydon Tattoo
Monte Morris Tattoo
Trey Lyles Tattoo
Jarred Vanderbilt Face & Tattoos

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Bone Assign Tool

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Timofey Mozgov Face
R.J. Barrett Face

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All-Star Game 2019 Jerseys (Updated to v1.1)

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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U R Basketball V64 Released for NBA 2K14; 1970 Roster

U R Basketball 2K14 V64 Preview

A new version (V64) of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available for NBA 2K14 PC! The latest releases includes a new 1970 season roster, and other enhancements. An overview of the key features of URB 2K14 V64 is as follows:

  • Brand new 1970 Roster (credit to PatTheHead for the base roster file)
  • Polished 1970 logos (some made from scratch)
  • All players under control of one formula (slimm’s tendencies and ratings)
  • All coaches under control of one formula (slimm’s coaching profiles and playbooks)
  • No missing textures

You can find V64 of U R Basketball here in our Downloads section. Be sure to check out the release topic here for support, previews, and more information about future releases.

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Monday Tip-Off: What Actually Ruins Basketball Video Games?

Victor Oladipo in NBA 2K19

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 a few thoughts on the matter of what actually ruins basketball video games, and what are really more minor gripes.

Having been a part of the online basketball gaming community for over twenty years and admin of the NLSC for going on eighteen, I’ve both seen and taken part in some spirited discussions about the hobby. Our conversations about basketball video games have run the gamut from excitedly positive to furiously negative, depending on the issue and the quality of any given title. Given that we all have different tastes and expectations of basketball video games, our opinions will differ when it comes what will ruin our experience on the virtual hardwood. That’s fine, and to be encouraged!

Of course, it’s easy to exaggerate, especially when a pet peeve is involved. I recall one Forum member fuming over the use of the word “City” on the team statistics menu in NBA Live 2001. As they correctly pointed out, teams such as the Warriors, Jazz, and Pacers all take their names from their state rather than their city, making that label inaccurate. It’s a valid point, but a minor detail that was correct for most of the teams, and a criticism that paled in comparison with other issues in NBA Live 2001. Such issues are worth pointing out, but as we compile our Wishlists, it’s important that we prioritise problems that can ruin basketball video games, ahead of minor annoyances.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #271

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Episode #271 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we discuss the new deal between Take Two and the NBA, the importance of Franchise and Ultimate Team in NBA Live, an unfortunate turn of events following the NBA 2K17 server shutdown, and 2019 All-Star voting.

On this week’s show…

  • Take Two has renewed their licensing agreement with the NBA for $1.1 billion over seven years. What impact might the new figure have on the future of basketball gaming?
  • A recent survey regarding favourite modes over on the official NBA Live Reddit omitted Franchise and Ultimate Team. It isn’t encouraging, but it strengthens our resolve to have an impact with our Wishlists.
  • The NBA 2K17 server shutdown has had an unexpected result: MyLEAGUE games that used community-made assets for expansion teams have now been locked. We discuss the problems with online content in offline modes, especially when it comes to dusting off old favourites.
  • Turning our attention to some NBA news, there are some interesting results in the latest All-Star voting returns. Are sentimental votes a bad thing, and are we looking forward to this year’s midseason classic?

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

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Tip off a weekend of basketball gaming with the latest file additions for NBA 2K19 PC! Today’s new and updated releases for NBA 2K19 include player faces, a referee pack, studio branding, and All-Star jerseys. Download them all at the links below!

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Khris Middleton Face
Andre Iguodala Face

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Real Referees Package
Official Roster Update (Updated)

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TNT Studio Show
ESPN Studio Show
NBC Studio Show
Fox Studio Show

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All-Star Game 2019 Jerseys
All-Star Rising Stars Challenge 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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The Friday Five: 5 Ideas NBA Live Should Borrow from NBA 2K

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 discusses five ideas that NBA Live should borrow from NBA 2K.

Since we’re in the process of compiling feedback for our NBA Live 20 Wishlist, I feel like discussing some of the improvements that I believe would take the game to the next level. In particular, I’d like to discuss some ideas and concepts from NBA 2K which NBA Live should be looking to borrow. After all, when it comes to good ideas and features that an NBA video game should have, it doesn’t matter who did it first. The important thing is that games find a way of implementing those ideas and making them work. It never hurts to look at what the brand leader is doing, either.

Glancing at Twitter as of late – a foolhardy thing to do, some might say – I have seen some divided opinions when it comes to the matter of NBA Live’s approach, identity, and the notion of borrowing ideas from NBA 2K. A lot of younger and admittedly passionate fans are downplaying the concerns and suggestions of “old heads”, their point being that it’s a new day and we’re hung up on the past. Respectfully, I must disagree. While it is easy to get caught up in nostalgia, we long-time virtual hoops enthusiasts do know a thing or two, including what the game was like it in its heyday. To that end, NBA Live would benefit from borrowing these NBA 2K concepts.

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NBA Live 19 January 17th Content Update; Latest Rosters

Donovan Mitchell Updated in NBA Live 19

EA Sports has provided a detailed breakdown of the January 17th content update for NBA Live 19. For those who are unaware of the difference, unlike official patches, content updates are pushed through in-game and downloaded after you advance past the title screen, assuming of course that you have an active Internet connection. At a glance, here’s what’s included in the latest content update for NBA Live 19:

  • Bug fixes – Fixes various Live Event data issues with certain player likenesses not appearing properly.
  • Updated/added Live Events Data
  • Updated transactions
  • Updated lineups
  • Updated player gear

Specifically, the starting lineups for the Hawks, Hornets, Warriors, Clippers, Timberwolves, Thunder, Wizards, and Mavericks have been updated. Players with updated gear include Bradley Beal, Trae Young, Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Marc Gasol, Russell Westbrook, Aaron Gordon, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Jaren Jackson Jr, Eric Bledsoe, Donte DiVincenzo, and Thon Maker. The latest injuries have also been accounted for, and Patrick McCaw’s jersey number has been fixed.

While the developers are obviously still taking suggestions and corrections for the rosters in NBA Live 19, don’t forget that we’re collecting feedback to send along for NBA Live 20. Check out our Work-in-Progress Wishlist here in the NLSC Forum!

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U R Basketball V63 Released for NBA 2K14; New Retro Faces

Yinka Dare in U R Basketball V63 for NBA 2K14

V63 of the U R Basketball mod by skoadam and slimm44 is now available! The latest version includes over 100 new faces for retro players, including Jerome Kersey, Sam Perkins, Jason Williams, Isaiah Rider, Darrell Griffith, Sean Elliott, Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, and many more.

All you need to do to get your installation up to date is to re-download the Retro CF#6 part. You can find V63 of U R Basketball here in our Downloads section. Be sure to check out the release topic here for support, previews, and more information about future releases. The 1962 season roster is currently being worked on, with new artwork and shoes being among the enhancements.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include an assortment of current, retro, and future NBA player faces, a throwback arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, and a 2019 Draft Class. Check them all out at the links below!

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Richard Hamilton Face
Spencer Dinwiddie Face (Updated to v3.0)
Xavier McDaniel Face (Updated to v2.0)
Shaquille O’Neal Face (Updated to v2.0)
Karl Malone Face (Updated to v2.0)

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Karl-Anthony Towns Face

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Nico Mannion Face

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1974 MECCA Arena

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Mackubex Ultimate 2019 NBA Draft Class [80 Real Draft Prospects] (Updated)

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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