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Ultimate Base Roster V82 for NBA 2K14 Released

Ultimate Base Roster 2023

The regular updates to the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 continue, as HAWK23 and company have released V82! On top of further updates to the 2023 season rosters, the new release contains some other exciting enhancements.

Following on from V81, the latest release includes even more audio updates for teams in the retro rosters. This means that teams such as the Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Buffalo Braves, Washington Bullets, and Vancouver Grizzlies are called by their correct names. More year-specific faces have been added, coach audio has been updated, and there are new arenas throughout the old season rosters.

A full list of release notes can be found below. Download the latest version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC here, and check out the release topic here in the Forum for further information and previews!

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: New Roster Update

NBA Live 2003 Cover Art

We’re tipping off the 2023 mod releases with a new roster for NBA Live 2003, created by zumoto! It includes art updates in addition to current season lineups. Check it out at the link below!

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2022 Roster

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 Mod Releases bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Monday Tip-Off: Improving NBA 2K Discourse in 2023

Monday Tip-Off: Improving NBA 2K Discourse in 2023

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Join me as I begin the week here at the NLSC with my opinions and commentary on basketball gaming topics, as well as tales of the fun I’ve been having on the virtual hardwood. This week, I’m tipping things off with some thoughts on how we can improve the discourse around NBA 2K in 2023 (and beyond).

I realise there’s a certain futility in articles such as this. The people who read them are likely already in agreement with the message, while those who really need to heed such suggestions are unlikely to do so. In other words, I’m preaching to the choir while simultaneously yelling into the wind. Still, it never hurts to try! I don’t pretend that I have the reach or the words to eliminate toxicity from the discourse surrounding the NBA 2K series. Nevertheless, if it makes a few people think, or encourages a more positive example, it’s a worthwhile endeavour.

And yes, the word “toxic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but it’s not inaccurate. Mind you, because it’s so ubiquitous, it’s undoubtedly an uphill battle to change the culture of online discourse, whether it’s NBA 2K, real hoops, or basically anything else that we care to discuss with each other. As I said though, if it gets a few people thinking differently about NBA 2K discourse and critique, then in my view it’s worth a try. These are things that I believe we should keep in mind when we’re discussing the issues with NBA 2K and their possible solutions, and pretty much all discourse regarding the series. I promise that they’re not all phrased as stuffy “Do Nots”!

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NBA 2K23 MyTEAM Southwest Domination Highlights

NBA 2K23 MyTEAM Southwest Domination Highlights

As you may have seen in recent posts, and heard discussed on the NLSC Podcast, Dee4Three is working his way through Domination in NBA 2K23 MyTEAM. Most recently, he’s been taking on the teams of the Southwest Division, and it’s been another triumphant conquest!

To that end, Dee has put together a highlight reel of his best plays against the Southwest teams. There are fifteen games worth of highlights, ranging from deadeye shooting and crafty post moves to the jaw-dropping jams and poster dunks that we love to see on the virtual hardwood. Sporting Phoenix Suns branding for this portion of NBA 2K23 MyTEAM Domination, Dee’s squad features the likes of Michael Jordan, Dee Brown, Clyde Drexler, Larry Bird, Jason Williams, Kobe Bryant, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Damian Lillard, Magic Johnson, Stephen Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, Vince Carter, and Darryl Dawkins, among other stars and personal favourites. Check out all of the spectacular moments below!

There’ll be plenty more basketball gaming highlights coming your way throughout 2023 from a variety of titles both recent and classic, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel! As always, feel free to hit us up with any suggestions of games that you’d like to see us play, whether solo or over Parsec.

NBA 2K14 Retro Series: ’93 Bulls vs ’93 Hornets

NBA 2K14 Retro Series: '93 Bulls vs '93 Hornets

Happy New Year, basketball gamers! I hope you’ll join us throughout 2023 to discuss basketball video games, share and download mods, and enjoy our original content. To that end, I’m tipping off the New Year with the next instalment in the NBA 2K14 Retro Series, featuring the ’93 Bulls taking on the ’93 Hornets.

Can you believe this matchup is a throwback to thirty years ago? As much I’m trying not to think about that, I had a blast replaying it in NBA 2K14, a game that turns ten this year. This clash between the two-time defending champion Bulls and an up-and-coming Hornets team gave us some exciting moments in real life, and also inspired Michael Jordan’s challenge in NBA 2K12’s NBA’s Greatest mode. MJ was in his prime at this point, so you can expect a mixture of high-flying dunks and savvy plays. Scottie Pippen, Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy Bogues also contributed to the highlight reel, presented with post-production effects to resemble a broadcast from the 90s.

You can catch up on the entire NBA 2K14 Retro Series using this playlist! While you’re there, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. We’ve been stepping up our video content over the past couple of years – an initiative that Dee has been spearheading – and that’s definitely going to continue throughout 2023. So, stay tuned, and feel free to suggest historical matchups for me to play in future instalments of this series!

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week: December 31st, 2022

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week

Get ready for more fantastic highlights from the basketball gaming community in the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, curated by Dee4Three! New and old games alike are featured in this celebration of spectacular moments on the virtual hardwood. To submit your clips, post them in this topic, or hit up Dee on Twitter.

We’re closing out 2022 in style with another edition of the NLSC Top 10 Plays! It’s fair to say that last week’s holiday special is tough to top, but I think you’ll agree that this week’s countdown holds its own in the jaw-dropping department. Vicious poster dunks, incredible putbacks, and flashy moves, spanning three different games and multiple eras of the NBA…once again, the community has come up with the goods! Shout out to Dee for producing the Top 10 every week, and to everyone who keeps sending in their best plays. Let’s keep the fun going in 2023!

What was your favourite highlight this week? Sound off in the comments below, and once again, get in on the fun by sending us your best plays! Remember, as long as it’s a basketball game, it’s eligible for the countdown. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube for more basketball gaming videos.

NLSC Rewind 2022

NLSC Rewind 2022

Welcome to the NLSC Rewind for 2022! It feels like it was only a few months ago that I was compiling last year’s Rewind, but that’s how it goes these days. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that the last few years have all run together. That’s largely due to the pandemic, but it’s also true what they say: time does seem to go faster the older you are! In any event, it’s been another fun and productive year here at the NLSC.

Our modding community has been busy all year, seamlessly transitioning from NBA 2K22 to NBA 2K23 when the latter was released. A handful of older titles were also kept updated in 2022, including NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14. Glancing at the various modding sections, it’s clear that even more great work will be coming in 2023, with some great projects brewing for classic games as well. As always, a big thank you to everyone who continues to release work here! I’d like to remind everyone that the upload facilities in our Downloads database remain 100% free and available to all.

With that out of the way, let’s get to the NLSC Rewind for 2022! For those who are unaware, I use the Rewind to share some “editor’s picks” of our original content from the past year. Obviously I encourage you to peruse our entire archives; as with topics in our Forum, old comments sections are still open, and I’m proud of all our work. At the same time, there were some features and episodes of the NLSC Podcast that I’m particularly proud of, and I believe that you’ll really enjoy checking them out if you did miss them the first time around (or perhaps, enjoy them again a second time!). Without any further ado, let’s rewind the year that was 2022 here at the NLSC!

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NBA 2K23 MyTEAM & NBA 2K14 MyCAREER Videos

NBA 2K23 MyTEAM & NBA 2K14 MyCAREER Videos

Even as the year draws to a close, we’re eagerly sharing our basketball gaming highlights over on the NLSC YouTube channel! Our latest videos feature highlights from NBA 2K23 MyTEAM Domination, and NBA 2K14 MyCAREER.

First up, Dee continues his journey through Domination in NBA 2K23 MyTEAM with the Dallas Mavericks challenges. Once again, his squad is sporting Phoenix Suns branding as he makes his way through the Southwest Division teams, and now includes several of his all-time favourite players. Dee plays through all three difficulty levels, resulting in a ton of high-flying highlights along the way.

Next up is a highlight reel from the fourth quarter of a 2018 season game from my NBA 2K14 MyCAREER. I’m trailing the Toronto Raptors 91-86 as the quarter begins, and am challenged by coach Johnny Davis to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to victory. I’ll be sharing more of my NBA 2K14 MyCAREER highlights on our channel moving forward, and this fourth quarter run in a comeback win seemed like an appropriate place to start.

A big thanks to everyone who has been supporting our video content throughout the year! As I’ve mentioned before, Dee has been spearheading an effort to produce regular videos, and now that I have a new Elgato, I’m eager to create more of that content as well. Check out both videos below, and be sure to subscribe to the NLSC YouTube channel for more basketball gaming fun!

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The Friday Five: 5 Best Additions to NBA MyCAREER

The Friday Five: 5 Best Additions to NBA MyCAREER

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! Every Friday I cover a topic related to basketball gaming, either as a list of five items, or a Top 5 countdown. The topics for these lists and countdowns include everything from fun facts and recollections to commentary and critique. This week’s Five is a list of the five best additions to NBA MyCAREER.

These days, it’s not fashionable to play NBA MyCAREER. It’s usually seen as a means to an end; a way of familiarising yourself with the mechanics, and grinding for VC and Badge XP to level up your player in preparation for the online scene. This is unfortunate, as MyCAREER once provided an extremely enjoyable alternative to franchise play, placing gamers in the shoes of an aspiring NBA player. Sure, the story-driven approach has been hit and miss, but some of the better tales were well-told, with impressive production values and fun mini-games.

Those aspects are still there as of NBA 2K23, though there’s been a detrimental shift in focus. The downfall began last generation, and swiftly progressed following the introduction of The Neighborhood and later The City. Still, NBA MyCAREER does remain a fairly robust mode; at least until the servers are shut down and it disappears forever! Reflecting on the history of NBA MyCAREER and the days when it was more than just a legacy mode that most use as a stepping stone to the online scene, there have been some great additions that benefitted the traditional career experience. Having played the mode extensively over the years, I’m picking these as the five best.

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NBA Live 2005 Mod Releases: Roster Update By Nelson

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

Although we’re well past the heyday of NBA Live 2005 mod releases, we do have a new upload to share today. Nelson has released a new roster update, which you can download at the links below! Please note that I have no involvement with this project, so please contact him with any feedback you may have.

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Nelson’s 2022 Roster

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 Mod Releases bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Wayback Wednesday: Portraits in NBA Live 95 & 96 PC

Wayback Wednesday: Portraits in NBA Live 95 & 96 PC

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! From retrospectives of basketball games and their interesting features, to republished articles and looking at NBA history through the lens of the virtual hardwood, Wednesdays at the NLSC are for going back in time. This week, I’m taking a look back at the player portraits in NBA Live 95 and NBA Live 96 PC.

Although our fondest basketball gaming memories come from what we accomplished on the virtual hardwood, our nostalgia encompasses everything about a title: graphics, sound effects, music, and the overall style. We fondly recall the smallest details, from the authenticity of Steve Nash lying on the floor in NBA Live 10 to Terry Mills and Oliver Miller having the same ratings in the PC version of NBA Jam Tournament Edition. When you’ve spent enough time with an old favourite to know it back to front, the most obscure details and trivia are embedded in your memories.

I’m not just trying to wax poetic with navel-gazing fluff here. I do honestly believe that, and it’s why I not only revisit games to produce Wayback Wednesday content, but also for my own enjoyment. It’s also why I don’t just do retrospective reviews, but also cover specific features and concepts in-depth. However, I’ll admit that it might seem like a flimsy justification to talk about – of all things – the portraits in NBA Live 95 and 96 PC! They are indeed an aesthetic element that are part and parcel of my nostalgia for those titles though, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K23 Mod Releases: Jerseys & Realistic Arenas

NBA 2K23 Cover Art

Today’s NBA 2K23 mod releases feature more jersey updates from Pinoy21, and Shuajota’s packs of Christmas jerseys and Realistic NBA Arenas. Download them at the links below!

Pinoy21
Miami Heat Jersey (Pinoy21)
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey (Pinoy21)
Toronto Raptors Jersey (Pinoy21)

Shuajota
Realistic NBA Arenas
NBA Christmas Day 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 Mod Releases bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Monday Tip-Off: Finishing Seasons On The Virtual Hardwood

Monday Tip-Off: Finishing Seasons On The Virtual Hardwood

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Join me as I begin the week here at the NLSC with my opinions and commentary on basketball gaming topics, as well as tales of the fun I’ve been having on the virtual hardwood. This week, I’m tipping things off with some thoughts on the rewarding feeling of finishing seasons in basketball video games.

I’ve previously said that completion is what we make it when it comes to the virtual hardwood. Indeed, I dedicated an entire article to exploring that notion. I still stand by that. While it can be extremely fulfilling to be a completionist when it comes to the games we play, it isn’t a necessity to have fun. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t collect all of the cards in MyTEAM, reach the Hall of Fame in MyCAREER, or play through to a championship in a mode representing the NBA season. As you long as you enjoyed your time with a game and feel like you got your money’s worth, that’s what counts.

With that being said, there’s great joy to be had in playing through seasons from start to finish. If you manage to play multiple seasons – either before the next game comes out, or by returning to an old favourite – it can be an even more rewarding experience. It’s a tall order, especially with a full 82-game season on twelve minute quarters with no simulation, as I’ve often aimed to achieve. No matter which settings you prefer however, there’s a feeling of accomplishment when a season is in the books, and your team is standing at midcourt raising the Larry O’Brien trophy. Even before that, of course, there’s a journey that I strongly advise everyone to savour along the way.

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NLSC Podcast #458: Why We’re Thankful For Basketball Games

NLSC Podcast Logo

From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #458 of the NLSC Podcast!

To all of our listeners, Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings! We’ve got a very festive episode for you this week, as we’re reflecting on why we’re thankful for basketball video games, and what basketball gaming and modding has meant to us throughout the years. From our very first games that tipped off our love of the hobby, to the landmark releases and innovations that blew us away, there’s plenty that we’re grateful for. In this week’s mailbag, we join the community in sharing some of our favourite holiday memories on the virtual hardwood, including the hoops titles that we received as gifts.

To get involved with the mailbag or to provide any feedback on the show, hit us up in the comments, reach out on social media, or post here in the NLSC Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. You can also find the show on our YouTube channel, along with the rest of our video content. As always, thanks for tuning in, and go get buckets!

Merry Christmas & Season’s Greetings 2022

Merry Christmas & Season's Greetings 2022

On behalf of the NLSC Team, Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to our community! Whatever your beliefs and traditions at this time of the year, I hope that you’re happy, healthy, and spending some quality time with friends and family.

A big thanks as always for continuing to support us throughout 2022! I hope you’ve enjoyed being a part of the community here at the NLSC this year, and are looking forward to more good times in 2023. We’re certainly keen to continue supporting our modding community, and creating entertaining original content in our coverage of basketball gaming. To that end, our gift to you today is a showdown between Santa’s Slammers and Team SSX in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition!

There’ll definitely be plenty of video content coming in 2023, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel! NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is also on my list of games that I’m overdue to cover for Wayback Wednesday, and with 2023 marking the 30th Anniversary of the NBA Jam series, it seems like an appropriate time to get around to it. Once again, Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and a happy holiday season to basketball gamers everywhere. Enjoy these NBA Jam: On Fire Edition highlights, and if you’re hitting the virtual hardwood these holidays, have a blast!