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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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New Orleans Officially Announces Name Change, Unveil Pelicans Logos

The New Orleans Hornets have officially announced that they will be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans as of the 2013/2014 season. They also unveiled their new primary logo, partial logo and three secondary logos, which confirmed that the previously leaked design was indeed accurate.

In the wake of their name change, it’s being reported that the Charlotte Bobcats are making inquiries about purchasing the Hornets’ name, though nothing is imminent. With the sale of the Sacramento Kings, who will likely become defunct to resurrect the Seattle Supersonics, the Hornets becoming the Pelicans and the Bobcats possibly becoming the Hornets, it’s certainly an interesting time in the NBA. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below and join in the discussion here in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the Forum!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #14

The fourteenth episode of the NLSC Podcast is now online for your listening enjoyment! Leftos, Ben and I are your hosts once again and despite it being a slow news week, we find a few things to talk about including the selections of the All-Star starters, what we’ve been watching recently and a few other odds and ends. If you’re after a quick synopsis:

  • In honour of the Manti Te’o saga, we welcome everyone and their fake girlfriends to this week’s show!
  • It’s been a slow news week, but we give a quick rundown of some stories of note.
  • Leftos has a message for Lance Armstrong.
  • The NBA All-Star starters have been announced. True to form, I momentarily forget who was voted in on the East.
  • We talk a little about fan voting, All-Star games in years gone by and the Rising Stars Challenge.
  • Which reserves do we think should be selected by the coaches for the All-Star game?
  • Some gaming rumours are briefly discussed.
  • Which TV shows have we all been enjoying (or at least watching) as of late?

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This week’s episode is actually shorter than recent podcasts as we’ve been taking some feedback on board and are looking to put out a tighter show with a more compressed news segment and fewer “monologues”. We hope you enjoy the latest episode, if you have any constructive feedback about the format and current approach we’re taking, or any thoughts on what we discussed in this week’s show, please feel free to have your say in the comments below or here in the Forum.

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The Friday Five: 5 Arguments in Defense of Fan Voting

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! This is a new feature that comes your way every Friday, discussing five items of interest in list or countdown format, with topics covering basketball video games, the real NBA and other subjects that are relevant to our community.

With the NBA’s announcement of the starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, reactions to the selections naturally raise questions about the concept of fan voting. Some fans don’t see a problem with it, while others don’t think it’s the right approach at all. For my part, I’m still in favour of fans being able to select the starting lineups and as such, here are five arguments in defense of fan voting for the All-Star Game.

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2013 NBA All-Star Starters Announced

The NBA has announced the starters for the 62nd annual NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Houston, Texas on Sunday, February 17th 2013. Kobe Bryant, the top vote-getter, will be starting for the West in his record 15th consecutive appearance, where he will be joined in the backcourt by Chris Paul. Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant will be the West’s starting frontcourt.

LeBron James, who finished second in voting to Kobe Bryant, will be starting in the frontcourt for the East alongside Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony. Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were voted in as the East’s starting backcourt. What do you think of the selections? Have your say in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #13

The lucky thirteenth episode of the NLSC Podcast is out now for your listening enjoyment. This week, Leftos and I are joined by Ben (aka Arcane), following reports of his resignation that were greatly exaggerated, as we catch up on the week in basketball video gaming news and the latest goings on in the real NBA. A synopsis of this week’s show is as follows:

  • Ben is welcomed back to the NLSC Team after never actually stepping down, so we spend some time getting to know him.
  • NBA 2K13’s All-Star Weekend content is now available as DLC for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users. We offer a few thoughts on that.
  • We briefly recap a couple of news items from the past week, which include a new official roster for NBA 2K13 and the shutdown of online services for NBA Live 10 and NBA Jam.
  • The Sacramento Kings may be moving to Seattle to become the new Supersonics, tipping off our NBA discussion for the week.
  • The Lakers broke their six game losing streak and we ponder how far they can actually go this season.
  • Rookie of the Year talk prompts us to mention Damian Lillard and of course, Andre Drummond.
  • Dunks and the Dunk Contest are discussed. With no JaoSming around, I rail against throw-ins, at least in the Contest.
  • Leftos tells us about the joys of running from zombies.
  • I manage to remember all our social media addresses in closing the show, a marked improvement from last week.

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We hope you enjoy the show and as always, we invite you to give us your thoughts and feedback in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum.

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2012/2013 NBA Season Underway; NBA 2K13 Official Sim Predictions

The 2012/2013 season is underway! Isn’t it nice to have the regular season start on time? We’re hopefully in for a great year of basketball and you can join in all of the discussion of the real NBA in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum. To begin with, you can post your predictions for the 2013 season in this thread and join in the daily predictions game here.

Speaking of predictions, 2K Sports has posted their official simulation of the 2012/2013 season using NBA 2K13, examining the top storylines in the league this year and posting the game’s picks for the 2013 NBA Champions and the season’s award winners. Check it out and add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K13 section of the Forum.

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Dwight Howard heading to the Lakers

It appears as though NBA Live 10 cover player is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four team trade that is expected to be finalised tomorrow. After much speculation, Howard will depart Orlando for Los Angeles along with Earl Clark and Chris Duhon while Andrew Bynum will be sent to the Philadelphia 76ers, who will also receive Jason Richardson from the Magic.

The 76ers will trade Andre Iguodala, currently competing for Team USA in London, to the Denver Nuggets, who will in turn trade Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington to the Magic. The Magic will also receive Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless from the 76ers and are picking up three future first round picks and a second round pick in 2013 in the deal.

In addition to shaking up the NBA landscape and making the Lakers one of the favourites to come out of the West this season, it has also set them up to be one of the most frequently used teams in NBA video games this year, as they now boast a formidable starting five of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. What do you think of the trade? Add your comments below and join in the discussion here in our NBA & Basketball Talk section!

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New Poll: NBA Live 13 Cover Player

The announcement of the cover player for NBA Live 13 can’t be too far away, along with more information on this year’s game, so we’ve got a new poll question for everyone: Who do you think will be on the cover of NBA Live 13? Cast your vote, post your pick in the comments below and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

Our last poll asked How do you rate the 2011/2012 NBA season? Despite the delayed start and uneven play caused by last year’s lockout, it seems most people still enjoyed the 2012 season with 37% calling it excellent, while a further 31% opined that it was good. 19% felt it was just alright, while only 7% deemed it not great and 6% didn’t enjoy it at all, declaring it terrible. Be sure to join in all the offseason chatter in our NBA & Basketball Talk section.

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2012 NBA Draft Results

The 2012 NBA Draft is in the books! As expected, the New Orleans Hornets selected Anthony Davis out of Kentucky with the first overall pick, while the Charlotte Bobcats took his college teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist second overall. The Washington Wizards picked up Bradley Beal at number three, with Dion Waiters going to the Cleveland Cavaliers at four and Thomas Robinson joining the Sacramento Kings at five.

You can check out the entire Draft Board here over on What are your thoughts on the Draft? How did your favourite team perform? What were the most surprising picks? Post your thoughts in the comments below and sound off in this thread in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

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Miami Heat are 2012 NBA Champions

Congratulations to the Miami Heat, the 2012 NBA Champions! The Heat wrapped up their second NBA Championship with a 121-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5, capping off an exciting and at times controversial NBA Finals series. Not surprisingly, LeBron James was named the Finals MVP after posting averages of 28.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 7.4 apg, topped off by a triple double in Game 5 with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.

What did you think of the 2012 NBA Finals? Have your say below in the comments, as well as this thread in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum.

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