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Wayback Wednesday: Revisiting My NBA Live 2003 Roster Updates

Wayback Wednesday: Revisiting My NBA Live 2003 Roster Updates

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 my old roster updates for NBA Live 2003.

I haven’t maintained a current season roster update for any version of NBA Live – or any basketball video game period, for that matter – since the 2013 season, when I was still regularly working on NBA Live 2005 through 08. That’s a little over eleven years at this point, which is scary because it doesn’t feel like it was over a decade ago! To that point though, it’s been over twenty years since I released current roster updates for NBA Live 2003 PC. Sure, the maths and the date on the calendar checks out, but it just doesn’t feel real sometimes!

In any case, since it’s been some twenty years since I wrapped up those 2003-2004 roster updates for NBA Live 2003, and the once far-off 2023-2024 season has come to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on that project from the heyday of NBA Live modding (or patching, as we called it at the time). Roster mods have come a long way since then, and indeed, it wasn’t long after NBA Live 2003 that I committed to making more detailed current season updates with the help of various contributors. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: Latest Player Face Pack

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NBA Live 2003 came out during the heyday of NBA Live modding in our community, so it’s always great to see new mod releases for the game all these years later! To that end, avurto19 has uploaded another player face pack, which you can pick up at the link below.

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Player Face Pack 2

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: Player Face Pack

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Although I’ve had mixed feelings about NBA Live 2003 over the years, I do appreciate the game, and it was part of the golden age of NBA Live modding. As such, it’s always fun to see new mod releases for NBA Live 2003 all these years later, especially when they put the present into the past! To that end, avurto19 has released a pack of faces for players who have been in the league between 2017 and 2023, including Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic, and even Victor Wembanyama. Pick it up at the link below!

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Player Face Pack (2017-2023)

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Wayback Wednesday: Timberwolves Franchise in NBA Live 2003

Wayback Wednesday: Timberwolves Franchise in NBA Live 2003

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 my Franchise game with the Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA Live 2003.

I’ve had a number of memorable franchise and career mode games over the years. My Dynasty games with the Chicago Bulls in NBA Live 2004 and NBA Live 06 are among my all-time favourite basketball gaming experiences. Likewise, I had a blast with MyCAREER in NBA 2K13, NBA 2K17, and NBA 2K19, and I’m still playing through the mode in NBA 2K14 for PlayStation 4. At the same time, I’ve had some games where I haven’t achieved completion or closure, such as my 1998 season in NBA Live 96 PC, and my Sacramento Kings Franchise in NBA Live 2002.

My Franchise with the Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA Live 2003 PC is another example of a “failed” game. Of course, labelling such games as “failures” probably isn’t the right way of looking at things. I’d actually like to delve into that topic in more depth sometime, but my Timberwolves Franchise does stand as an example of how completion is what we make it. Or, to put it another way, as long as it was fun while it lasted, it’s ultimately neither a failure nor wasted time. That Franchise was certainly memorable for me even if it wasn’t successful, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 2003 Retrospective by Live 01 Legends (Part 1)

NBA Live 2003 Retrospective by Live 01 Legends (Part 1)

Since it was released a little over twenty years ago, I’ve had mixed feelings about NBA Live 2003. It’s a landmark title due to the introduction of Freestyle Control, but its fast pace, arcade-leaning gameplay, and Courtside Comedy Cutscenes, have divided many basketball gamers. I’ve come to appreciate it more in recent years however, and to that point, I’m delighted to share an NBA Live 2003 retrospective by Nate of the Live 01 Legends!

In Part 1 of this documentary/retrospective, Nate discusses the need for the series to innovate following NBA Live 2002, and how that goal was achieved with the revolution of Freestyle Control. He compares the mechanic to NBA 2K’s Isomotion, and eventual adoption of right stick dribbling controls. It’s a well put together breakdown of what turned out to be a very significant game, and I’m honoured that Dee and I are featured by way of our commentary from the NLSC Podcast! Watch it below, or check it out here on YouTube.

As noted, a Part 2 of this retrospective is in the works, so stay tuned for that! I also encourage you to subscribe to the Live 01 Legends YouTube channel, and check out Nate and Roger’s other basketball gaming videos. You can also listen to our chat with Nate and Roger on the NLSC Podcast here. Finally, I also posted my own NBA Live 2003 retrospective as part of our 25th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations a few years back, which you can read here.

NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: Post-Deadline 2023 Roster

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A new 2023 season roster update by Zumoto can be found in today’s NBA Live 2003 mod releases. The roster features lineups that have been updated post-deadline. Check it out at the link below!

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Current 2023 Roster (Post-Deadline)

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: Roster & Coach Update

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NBA Live 2003 has received some new mod releases from zumoto recently, and we’ve got a couple more of them to share today! Pick up current season roster and coach updates at the links below.

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Coaches Update
Update Roster and Coaches

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: Sonics Jerseys & Court

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We’ve got some exciting new mod releases for NBA Live 2003 today, as Zumoto has uploaded 2023-style jerseys for the Seattle SuperSonics, along with an updated court. Download them all at the links below!

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Seattle SuperSonics 2022-2023 Classic Jerseys
Seattle SuperSonics 2022-2023 Current Jerseys
Seattle SuperSonics 2022-2023 Court

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: Updated Rosters

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A new version of the current roster update by zumoto is available in today’s NBA Live 2003 mod releases, and can be picked up at the link below. zumoto has also provided a video tutorial on how to install the roster, which you can watch here over on YouTube.

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2022 Roster (Updated to v2.0)

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: New Roster Update

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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

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Wayback Wednesday: Revisiting NBA Live 2003

Wayback Wednesday: Revisiting NBA Live 2003

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 revisiting NBA Live 2003 yet again, albeit with a slightly different perspective.

I’ve profiled NBA Live 2003 in a number of articles now. In addition to the in-depth retrospectives for the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the NBA Live series, I’ve also taken a look back at Freestyle Control. I’ve reminisced about the Courtside Comedy Cutscenes, a myth about the gameplay style settings, the soundtrack, and even my attempts to replicate a move seen in the game’s intro. In short, not only did I spend hours playing and modding NBA Live 2003 when it was new, but I’ve often gone back and revisited it years later. As such, this may seem like a well-trodden path.

However, I do believe that I have some new things to say after revisiting NBA Live 2003 more recently. We’ve also reached the game’s own 20th anniversary, and with my twenty year high school reunion right around the corner, it’s another game that I’ve been reflecting upon. This won’t be an in-depth review along the lines of my previous retrospectives, and I do still stand by observations I’ve made in the past. Nevertheless, even though I played it frequently upon release compared to games like NBA 2K14, NBA Live 06 for Xbox 360, and NBA Live 10, I appreciate NBA Live 2003 far more after revisiting it in 2022. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Live 2003 Rockets vs Suns Parsec Highlights

NBA Live 2003 Rockets vs Suns Parsec Highlights

In addition to our sessions, Dee4Three has been connecting with a number of people from the NLSC Forum and wider basketball gaming community to play games using Parsec. He recently connected with Forum member JuicyShaqMeat for a co-op session of NBA Live 2003 that produced several highlights.

As Dee and I discussed in Episode #447 of the NLSC Podcast, though NBA Live 2003’s arcade-leaning gameplay may not be to the taste of hardcore simheads, it can be an extremely fun game when you enjoy it for what it is. Indeed, these highlights demonstrate the loose, fast-paced fun that can be had with NBA Live 2003. Even underdog teams like the 2003 Rockets and Suns are a blast to play with and against, on top of being a fun trip down memory lane. Catch the reel below, or watch it over on YouTube!

Once again, Dee has been spearheading our efforts to upload more content to our YouTube channel, from highlight reels to the Top 10 Plays of the Week. There’s so much more that we want to do with the channel moving forward, so please give it a look, and subscribe while you’re there! We’d also love to hear your memories of NBA Live 2003, so feel free to share them in the comments below.

NBA Live 2003 All-Time Lakers vs Celtics Highlights

NBA Live 2003 All-Time Lakers vs Celtics Highlights

As Dee and I discussed in Episode #447 of the NLSC Podcast, I spent an evening putting together a rough draft of an All-Time Teams roster for NBA Live 2003 PC. We recently connected on Parsec, and tested out that work-in-progress mod in a co-op game.

Although the roster is still in its very early stages, the default assets allowed me to assemble fairly complete versions of the All-Time Lakers and All-Time Celtics. Dee and I opted to control the All-Time Celtics, with both teams wearing the throwbacks that are available in NBA Live 2003. It was a fun, fast-paced game featuring high-flying dunks, NBA Live 2003’s trademark booming swats, and some timely three-pointers. We eked out the win, and the fun we had has certainly encouraged me to keep working on the roster! Check out the highlights below, or catch them over on YouTube.

Once again, moving forward I’ll be making a much better effort to share our video content here on the NLSC, but don’t forget that you can see it first when it’s uploaded to our YouTube channel! Be sure to subscribe as we’re always looking to do more basketball gaming videos, from highlight reels and game retrospectives to various tutorials.

NLSC Podcast #447: Fun With NBA Live 2003 & NBA 2K23

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From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #447 of the NLSC Podcast!

After putting together a rough draft of an All-Time Teams roster for NBA Live 2003 PC, we decided to test it out over Parsec. The result was a fun co-op game, and incentive to keep working on the project! We’ve still been having a blast with NBA 2K23 as well, and recap our recent sessions with MyTEAM, MyNBA, MyCAREER, and 3v3 Pro-Am. We also feel compelled to call out egotistical influencers who dismiss opinions based on follower counts, and remind everyone that you don’t need to be a “big name” to have a worthy opinion. After brainstorming some more modding ideas, we open up the mailbag to discuss ideas on how to improve customisation features.

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!

NLSC YouTube Highlights Round-Up

NLSC YouTube Highlights Round-Up

In addition to the Top 10 Plays of the Week and full episodes of our podcast, we also upload other basketball gaming videos to the NLSC YouTube channel! I’ve fallen behind on sharing the uploads here on the NLSC itself, and to that end, I’ll be making a better effort to post bulletins featuring new videos moving forward.

That’s because in addition to curating the weekly Top 10 countdown, Dee4Three has been very prolific in uploading excellent gameplay highlights for a variety of titles, in addition of course to NBA 2K23. This includes his MyTEAM Domination highlights, as he’s currently working his way through the mode. You’ll also find playlists featuring our Parsec tournaments, co-op and competitive sessions, and more.

I’ve also put together a highlight reel from my first session in The Rec in NBA 2K23, in which Valor and I squadded up with a number of random teammates; some better than others! Kenny also joined us for some 3v3 Pro-Am games, and I’ll have a highlight reel from that session uploaded very soon. In short, please subscribe to our channel for some fantastic basketball gaming content, and in case those YouTube notifications don’t work, keep an eye out here for bulletins about our future uploads! For now, you can catch up on the most recent uploads to the NLSC YouTube channel below.

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