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Wayback Wednesday: The Hidden Rookies in NBA Live 2004

Kyle Korver was one of the hidden rookies 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 hidden rookies that were available in NBA Live 2004.

The Draft Class of 2003 is considered one of the best in NBA history. It boasts an impressive list of names, including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Plenty of other noteworthy players such as David West, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard, Mo Williams, Jason Kapono, James Jones, Luke Walton, Steve Blake, and Kendrick Perkins were also in that class. Four of the top five picks have been All-NBA selections, and nine players have been All-Stars, including two second rounders. It’s a strong class with a handful of future Hall of Famers in its ranks.

Obviously, those players made their video game debut in the titles released for the 2004 season, such as NBA Live 2004, and ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4. Interestingly, quite a few of them were hidden by default in NBA Live 2004, and unlockable via codes. I’ve mentioned them before in articles discussing the game’s hidden content, but I thought I’d take a closer look at how their careers turned out, and also provide a few in-game screenshots, especially since not all of them made it to the NBA. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

NBA Live 2003 Cover Art

There’s a certain novelty in seeing current players and team branding in much older basketball games, as today’s file additions for NBA Live 2003 demonstrate. Download a couple of 2018 City Edition jerseys for the Miami Heat and New York Knicks at the links below!

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2017/2018 Miami Heat City Edition Jersey Patch
2017/2018 New York Knicks City Edition Jersey Patch

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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NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Announced; Releasing in Fall

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Logo

We now know the reason for the delay of NBA Playgrounds 2. Saber Interactive SEO Matthew Karch has revealed via Forbes that Take-Two will be publishing the game, which has been rebranded as NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The game itself will still be developed by Saber.

In a recent Monday Tip-Off article, I speculated about the future of Playgrounds 2, and suggested that the silence was damaging the brand. Glancing at social media, the reception to the news appears to be mixed. While there is excitement about the possibility of seeing players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, there is also concern given the prevalence of microtransactions in recent NBA 2K titles, in particular NBA 2K18.

It remains to be seen what changes (if any) will be made with 2K publishing Saber’s forthcoming arcade basketball game, but more news is apparently forthcoming. While no release date has been set, the game will be coming out in the Fall, alongside NBA 2K19 and NBA Live 19. In a comment posted in the official NBA Playgrounds Facebook group, Matthew Karch hinted at an increase in content, as well as a slight increase in price. We’ll be sure to post any details as they’re made available.

We’ll also have more to say about NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 in Episode #258 of the NLSC Podcast, but in the meantime, what’s your take on the news? Will it ultimately benefit the franchise, or will it set it on the wrong path? Was the partnership worth delaying the game back in May? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Catching up on the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, we have an update to the current rosters in URB 2K14, a custom title screen, and face and jersey updates. Check them all out at the links below!

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LeBron James Lakers Title Screen

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Fort Wayne Mad Ants Rugrats Jersey

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Cole Anthony Face

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2K14 U R Basketball V55 [35 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 18-19 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 19.07.2018] (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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Monday Tip-Off: Should 99 Overall Ratings Be Possible To Attain?

Road to 99 Loading Screen in NBA 2K18

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 discussion of whether 99 Overall ratings should be possible to attain in NBA Live and NBA 2K.

Few aspects of the core gameplay experience in basketball video games cause quite as much controversy as overall ratings. They cause heated debates and much frustration when a player’s overall appears to be too high or too low, or otherwise incorrect when compared to other players. It’s all too easy to place too much emphasis on them, even though the individual ratings are more important, and the formula for calculating the overalls often makes it difficult to get every player’s rating to be “perfect”. However, although they can be problematic and even unclear, they are an important mechanic.

A debate that I’ve seen come up more than a few times over the years is whether or not any player deserves the maximum rating of 99 Overall. Not counting some of the boosted cards in Ultimate Team and MyTEAM, only a few players have reached that level in NBA Live and NBA 2K over the years, including Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Magic Johnson. It’s also become a prominent goal to reach in NBA 2K’s MyCAREER, emphasised by NBA 2K18’s Road to 99. Few things make a player stand out in a video game quite like boasting a maxed out overall rating, but the question remains: should 99 Overall be possible in the first place?

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Due to last week being a busy one for this year’s preview season, I’m a little behind in posting recent file additions. It’s time to catch up now, so let’s tip things off with the latest mods for NBA 2K18 PC, which include faces, custom front end screens, and jerseys. Check them all out at the links below!

Team Rakker 2K MODS
LABron Loading Screen
Michael Jordan Bootup Screen

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James Johnson Face (Dreadlocks)
DeMarcus Cousins Face
Andre Igudoda Face
John Wall Face
Lonzo Ball Face
Brandon Ingram Face

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2001-2002 Nets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2001-2002 Kings Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2000-2001 Lakers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2000-2001 Sixers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1999-2000 Trail Blazers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1999-2000 Raptors Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1998-1999 Knicks Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1997-1998 Spurs Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1997-1998 Lakers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1997-1998 Jazz Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1997-1998 Bulls Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Heat Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

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Houston Rockets Jersey (pinoy21)

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Jaylen Brown Face & Body Model
Andrew Wiggins Face & Model (Updated to v2.0)
C.J. McCollum Face & Hair (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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NLSC Podcast – Episode #257

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #257 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are back on the air this week after the combination of travel and a lack of news derailed our plans to record last Sunday. This week has given us plenty to talk about though, including an NBA Live 19 trailer, NBA 2K19 screenshots and hands-on impressions, and a few other news stories.

On this week’s show…

  • A new NBA Live 19 trailer spotlighting the authentic courts from around the globe has been released. It’s given us a further glimpse of the gameplay and confirmed Allen Iverson as a member of the NBA Live Squad, but we would like some more NBA-oriented previews.
  • What improvements would we like to see in terms of Franchise Mode and roster editing in NBA Live 19?
  • Various NBA 2K19 First Look screenshots have dropped throughout the week. If nothing else, we know some Overall Ratings!
  • Game Informer has provided us with a breakdown of eight significant gameplay improvements in NBA 2K19. They sound good, but we have heard some of it before.
  • Charles Barkley has reiterated his stance on appearing in NBA 2K, leaving us to wonder why Take Two still isn’t taking him up on his offer.
  • We wrap up Episode #257 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk. Topics include free agency, trades, rumours, and how to adopt a new team as your favourite.

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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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NBA 2K19 Gameplay Improvements; DeMarcus Cousins Screenshot

NBA 2K19: DeMarcus Cousins First Look

A new NBA 2K19 screenshot has surfaced, revealing the next member of Team 2K. That player is DeMarcus Cousins, who recently signed with the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Cousins’ initial Overall Rating will be 90, which is identical to his rating in the final NBA 2K18 roster.

Game Informer have also posted an article detailing eight improvements to gameplay in NBA 2K19. There will be a new Takeover system that allows players who are in rhythm to gain boosts to Badges specific to their Archetype, including additional animations. Clipping has reportedly been reduced, and a new steal system has been implemented. Enhancements have been made to the AI, one-on-one situations (on both sides of the ball), interior defense, and AI.

Additional streetball moves have also been added, and are exclusive to The Playground. The Shot Meter also returns for layups this year, and we’ll have a choice between the old NBA 2K17 meter and the new one. Shot feedback has also been reworked for greater accuracy.

Be sure to read the full article from Game Informer for more details. You can check out the DeMarcus Cousins screenshot below, as well as in our gallery. What are your thoughts on the reported gameplay improvements and the latest screenshot? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in our NBA 2K19 Forum.

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2002 Season Mod for NBA 2K18 PC by seaboh13 (Work-in-Progress)

2002 Season Mod by seaboh13 (NBA 2K18 PC)

If you feel like reliving the days of NBA Live 2002 and NBA 2K2, when Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their third consecutive championship, seaboh13 has a mod for you! The 2002 Season Mod is available now for NBA 2K18 PC, and although it’s still a Work-in-Progress, it’s already in a playable state.

As of now, each team has at least 12 players with correct ages, experience, and other bio data. Teams have been renamed accordingly, and retro art has been provided. Ratings are about 60% complete as of this post, but the mod is already MyLEAGUE compatible, with contracts updated ahead of the 2002 offseason.

Want to see the mod in action? Shady00018 has put together an awesome preview trailer, which you can check out below!

To download the roster, find it in 2K Share under the name 2001-02 In Progress, username seaboh. For the additional artwork, as well as further previews and information, please see this topic in the NLSC Forum. Stay tuned for further updates to the mod!

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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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