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NLSC Podcast – Episode #23

We’re bringing you the latest in community news, NBA discussion and assorted video game ramblings in Episode #23 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Leftos, Ben and myself for another episode in which we give our thoughts on the latest news and results from around the NBA, spotlight some developments in our modding community and chat about one of our favourite pastimes. On the docket this week:

  • We talk a little about YouTube’s copyright policies and how companies are missing out on some opportunities for free publicity.
  • The Heat just keep on winning. When will the streak end? Who can possibly end it?
  • The Lakers find themselves struggling once again, possibly leaving the door open for the Mavericks and Jazz.
  • George Karl believes there should be a major change to Playoff seedings. Do we agree?
  • Moving on to community news, REDitor is getting closer to release, which should mean even more great mods.
  • The rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 are also close to being released. I take a moment to recognise the efforts and support of the community in getting them done.
  • We finish up with some discussion of the latest next gen console news.

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As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on this week’s show and your thoughts on the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #22

Are we excited that the Heat are still winning? Is Andrew Bynum still injured? Is it okay to make inappropriate jokes at inappropriate times? What’s the meaning of life anyway? Some of those questions are answered in Episode #22 of the NLSC Podcast, featuring your favorite trio of Leftos, Ben and myself! Join us as we discuss this week’s topics:

  • There was some controversy at the end of the overtime clash between the Bulls and Nuggets. We discuss the trend of blaming officials and the instant replay rules.
  • The Heat narrowly escaped Cleveland with their winning streak intact at 24, already the second best in league history. We give our thoughts and as usual, ill-fated predictions.
  • The injuries to former teammates Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum are discussed. Is Kobe rushing back? Is anyone going to give Bynum a max contract?
  • We wrap up the NBA discussion with the latest chapter in the Royce White saga and LeBron James’ “Knighting” of Jason Terry.
  • Leftos brings up an incident at PyCon, leading us to talk about inappropriate behaviour and the appropriate way to deal with it.
  • As the discussion moves to basketball video games, we briefly touch upon what is “sim” and what constitutes “realism”.
  • Are we PC users jealous of features that are console exclusive?
  • We speculate a little more about next gen basketball games and reflect on whether NBA Live and NBA 2K met their CGI benchmarks from 2005.

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If you’ve got any thoughts on the show or any of the topics we discussed, please feel free to have your say in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #21

We celebrate the NLSC Podcast’s ability to enjoy some “adult beverages” as we reach Episode #21, where we once again talk about the latest week in the NBA, basketball video gaming and more. As usual, Leftos, Ben and I are your hosts and we invite you to join us as we share our thoughts on the following topics:

  • We called the big two-oh a landmark last week, but due to cultural significance we’re trotting out the phrase again for the 21st episode.
  • Ben throws down a dunking challenge to JaoSming, so I pull a LeBron James.
  • For a change of pace, we dive straight into the NBA discussion this week, beginning with DeAndre Jordan’s dunk and the reactions it’s received.
  • We recognise the Heat’s winning streak, with Ben being the most excited about it.
  • The Mavericks are signing the first player in league history with multiple sclerosis. We wish Chris Wright well and applaud what we hope will be a feel-good story, while reflecting on some similar sporting stories (one of them admittedly fictional).
  • Moving on to community news, we once again touch upon the subject of sharing resources when it comes to patching/modding.
  • The Ultimate Base Roster has hit a significant milestone, so we take some time to recognise the outstanding efforts of everyone involved.
  • Ben has a few gripes about NBA 2K13 and isn’t a fan of Dunk Contest Hero.
  • We finish up with some talk about SimCity 5 and the messy situation upon launch. I sneak in a reference to LucasArts’ Afterlife, a SimCity clone from 1996 and an old favourite.

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As always, we hope you enjoy this week’s episode and invite you to share your feedback on the show, as well as everything we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #20

Episode #20 of the NLSC Podcast is celebrated with more predictions, along with the usual talk about the NBA, basketball video games and more. Join Leftos, Ben and myself for a milestone episode in which we discuss a multitude of topics from the past week, while once again bantering about this and that along the way.

  • Stranded somewhere between the review and preview seasons, we instead talk about the exciting new project devised during last week’s Impromptu-cast by Leftos and JaoSming.
  • We go over some of the great ideas posted so far and how the community can help out. We also mention a couple of things we’d rather not see in the project.
  • We wander off topic for a moment to talk about movies, quality acting and support systems for young actors and athletes alike.
  • In this week’s community round-up, Leftos has some more good news about tools and we approach a new milestone in our Downloads section.
  • I offer some reflections on my NBA 2K13 MyCAREER game, following an NBA championship in the first season.
  • Will NBA 2K13 PC ever receive the official patch? Should we be worried about the likelihood of future PC releases?
  • We move on to this week’s NBA discussion which includes angry Tweets, a big game by Stephen Curry and the impressive play of the Miami Heat.
  • Will LeBron James enter the dunk contest? Would the other participants get Magic’s $1 million if they end up winning instead?
  • We salute Dennis Rodman, diplomat extraordinaire!
  • After some talk about other video games that have come out recently, Ben has a few more questions for the community.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on our discussion and the show in general in the comments below or this thread in the Forum, along with your answers to Ben’s latest round of questions.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #19

This week on the NLSC Podcast, we react to a quiet trade deadline, talk about our recent gaming experiences and against our better judgement, offer up more predictions. Join Leftos, Ben and myself as we chat about all of that and more in Episode #19. A longer synopsis of the latest episode is as follows:

  • As we are still a few months away from the preview season, news is still slow. However, there were a couple of tidbits of note from the past week.
  • Since the preview season is a little ways off, we note the need to be wary of fake news and speculation being mistaken for facts.
  • Following our weekly community update, we discuss Forum etiquette, particularly in regards to modders and mod users.
  • Leftos provides us with some exciting news about his tools, especially NBA Stats Tracker.
  • We talk about our recent experiences with basketball video games, as well as some other games that we’re playing at the moment. Ben has a couple of questions for the community.
  • The trade deadline turned out to be a very quiet one, shooting down our predictions (especially mine).
  • Not inclined to learn from our mistakes, we offer some more predictions for the remainder of the regular season.
  • We recap and react to Sony’s announcement of the PlayStation 4.

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As always, we’re eager to hear your feedback and responses to the show and everything that we discussed, so have your say in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #18

After our failures predicting All-Star Weekend 2013, we try our luck with trade deadline predictions, catch up on some NBA 2K13 news and chat about all sorts of balls. Want to know what else we talk about in Episode #18 of the NLSC Podcast featuring Leftos, Ben and myself? Here’s an overview:

  • One of us has sustained an injury, but it’s not an ACL tear. What a faux pas!
  • A little bit of movie talk leads us to research the flicks with the most profanity and dish out a little innuendo.
  • We move on to basketball video game news, which has been slow. Still no news on the PC patch for NBA 2K13; we’re not jumping for joy.
  • NBA 2K13 and MLB 2K13 will be available together as a combo pack. I talk about it with all the enthusiasm I can muster.
  • As the discussion turns to All-Star Weekend 2013, we reflect on our not-so-wonderful predictions.
  • We offer our reactions to the Weekend and read out some comments from the community.
  • The latest trade rumours are discussed as the trade deadline looms. More bold predictions are made, ready to be laughed at next week.
  • We close with some chatter on Sony’s big announcement.

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We’re still working on the surprise we mentioned in last week’s podcast, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks. As always, we’re eager to hear your feedback on this week’s show and everything we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

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Chris Paul leads West to victory to end All-Star Weekend 2013

All-Star Weekend 2013 is officially in the books, with the 62nd All-Star Game wrapping up the festivities in Houston. The West emerged victorious in a competitive contest, winning 143-138 thanks in large part to a 20 point, 15 assist performance by the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, who took home All-Star Game MVP honours for the first time in his career. Kevin Durant also scored 30 points for the West, while Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Did you enjoy the All-Star Game? How do you rate the 2013 All-Star Weekend overall? Have your say in the comments below and join in the discussion in the NBA & Basketball Talk section in the NLSC Forum!

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NBA All-Star Weekend 2013 Begins Today

All-Star Weekend 2013 is upon us! The festivities tip off today at 7 PM ET on ESPN with the Sprint Celebrity Game, followed by the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on TNT at 9 PM ET. The Weekend continues with All-Star Saturday Night tomorrow on TNT featuring the Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk, beginning with the Shooting Stars at 8:30 PM ET. The Weekend culminates with the 62nd NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia, which tips off at 8 PM Sunday on TNT.

Will you be watching the 2013 All-Star Weekend? If so, check out our dedicated discussion threads in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of our Forum and post your predictions, as well as your thoughts on all the events as they’re taking place.

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The Friday Five: My Top 5 All-Star Weekends

Welcome everyone to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time reading the Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, it’s a feature that I post every Friday in which I cover a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other things that are relevant to our community, giving my thoughts as either a list of five items or presenting them in Top 5 countdown format.

Since the 2013 All-Star Weekend is upon us, I feel it’s only appropriate that this week’s Friday Five be a countdown of my Top 5 All-Star Weekends. A couple of things to keep in mind: this isn’t an unbiased list; these are my five favourite All-Star Weekends, it’s not my intention to be completely objective or provide a “definitive” Top 5. I’m also referring to the Weekend as a whole rather than simply the All-Star Game alone, which is another countdown altogether. With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #17

In Episode #17 of the NLSC Podcast, we discuss the joys of infected computers, stupid things for stupid rich people to buy, give our All-Star predictions and collectively tear our ACLs. Want a bit more of a rundown? Here’s a quick overview of this week’s episode featuring Leftos, Ben and myself.

  • Leftos takes us through the trials and tribulations of making an international PhD application for US colleges.
  • Where will Leftos end up? You’re going to have to wait for the ESPN special to find out.
  • Touching on my day job in computer repairs, the discussion turns to viruses and online scams.
  • Ben joins us after getting back from playing basketball and gives us an update on how the game went.
  • We find some of the most ridiculous things you can spend a lot of money on, if you’ve got piles of it to burn.
  • At long last, we get to our picks for the 2013 All-Star Weekend. We pick as a team and we’ll be wrong as a team.
  • We’re not huge fans of the Golden State Warriors’ new alternate jersey.
  • We wrap up with our thoughts on some other recent NBA news, including more injury woes for the Boston Celtics.

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Apologies again for the delay in getting an episode out this week. As I mentioned in my previous bulletin, we’re working on something very special for an upcoming episode that we couldn’t get sorted out for this week, but definitely stay tuned for that as we believe you’re really going to enjoy it and we’re certainly looking forward to bringing it to you. As always, please feel free to post your thoughts on the topics we discussed and the show in general in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

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The Friday Five: 5 Things the Dunk Contest Needs

Welcome everyone to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are checking out the Friday Five for the first time, this is a weekly feature which I post every Friday, covering a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other subjects of interest to our community. These topics are explored either in list or Top 5 countdown format.

As the participants of this year’s Slam Dunk Contest have been announced and we’ve been giving our thoughts on the contest in recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast, I’ve decided that in this week’s Friday Five, I’ll take the opportunity to talk about the five things that I believe are needed for the dunk contest to be a truly worthy main event for All-Star Saturday Night.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #16

Leftos, Ben and I are back this week with the sixteenth episode of the NLSC Podcast, where as always we discuss a couple of our favourite subjects: basketball, and basketball video games. There hasn’t been much in the way of news regarding basketball video games this week, so once again we indulge in a little speculation and “Wishlisting”, along with giving our thoughts on the most recent happenings in the NBA. Want a quick overview of this week’s episode? Here it is:

  • There isn’t a lot of noteworthy basketball video game news this week, but our modding community has continued to do excellent work, so once again we feel compelled to give some well earned recognition.
  • We offer our thoughts on the Rudy Gay trade and whether or not he’s a franchise player.
  • As Leftos is a Pistons fan, we make a point of noting that the last player from the 2004 championship team is now gone.
  • Talk about dependable franchise players leads to a conversation about players with attitude problems and whether or not longer stints in college would make a difference, as we touch on the subject of the NBA’s age restriction.
  • We discuss other recent NBA news and rumours including the announcement of the Rising Stars rosters, Brook Lopez being named a replacement for Rajon Rondo in the All-Star Game, rumoured trades and the return of Andrew Bogut.
  • As the conversation turns back to basketball video games, we talk about the things we want to see improved in Dynasty, Association and MyCAREER mode, and read out some of the community’s thoughts on the matter.
  • What else do we think is important for the future of basketball video games, especially as we approach the next generation of consoles?

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As always we welcome your feedback, so please give us your thoughts on this week’s episode and any of the topics that we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Roster Pool Announced

The NBA has announced the roster pool for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which will be taking place on February 15th 2013 in Houston, Texas. Once again, rookies and sophomores will be mixed together, with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal serving as general managers for the event and selecting players from the roster pool for their respective teams. For the first time, fans will also get to vote for the starters in the game.

This year’s participants are Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, last year’s Rising Stars MVP Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Alexey Shved, Klay Thompson, Tristan Thompson, Nikola Vucevic, Dion Waiters, Kember Walker and Tyler Zeller.

Are you looking forward to the game? Have your say in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #15

It’s that time of the week again: a new NLSC Podcast is coming your way, hosted by Leftos, Ben and myself. As always, we talk about the latest basketball video game and NBA news, before moving on to some other areas of interest and even getting a little nostalgic. If you’re looking for a quick overview of this week’s episode, here you go:

  • We open with some chatter that includes the weather and in the process, get a great idea for a new theme park…patent pending.
  • The conversation turns a little dark, so we move on to a recap of the week in news.
  • NBA 2K13 and NBA Jam: On Fire Edition received roster updates last week, the latter prompting a little more discussion than the former.
  • A couple of potentially interesting notes about NBA Live are touched upon very briefly.
  • The Hornets will officially become the Pelicans effective as of next season and we know what their logo will look like. Has it changed our minds about the new name?
  • The reserves for the 2013 All-Star game have been announced. We react and talk about a couple of noteworthy snubs.
  • Leftos has no interest in discussing the Bulls/Pistons game, but I do get to express some enthusiasm for Jimmy Butler’s recent play.
  • Changing things up, we talk about some of our favourite web series, including the returning Nostalgia Critic.
  • Mention of the Critic leads us to reminisce about a few things we’re nostalgic for.

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A fair warning, at times the language in this week’s podcast is coarser than usual and not what you’ll see in news posts and feature articles here on the NLSC. It’s something we can tone down (or simply bleep) if it becomes a problem for you, our listeners, so let us know your feelings on that as well as your thoughts on this week’s topics and the show overall, either in the comments below or here in the Forum.

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2013 NBA All-Star Reserves Announced

The NBA has announced the reserves for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, as selected by the coaches. The bench for the West will be comprised of Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, David Lee, Tony Parker, Zach Randolph and Russell Westbrook. The East’s bench will feature Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Paul George, Jrue Holiday, Kyrie Irving, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.

This year’s game, the 62nd clash between the East and West All-Stars, will be played in Houston on February 17th, 2013. What do you think of the selections? Who are the biggest snubs and who would you leave off the All-Star rosters? Have your say in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

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