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2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Underway

The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us! The festivities tip off tonight in Orlando beginning with the Sprint Celebrity Game, followed by the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. All-Star Saturday is up next tomorrow night featuring the Haier Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk contest. Sunday will of course bring the main event, the 61st annual NBA All-Star Game.

What are your predictions for this year’s events? Join in the discussion in this thread in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

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2012 NBA All-Star Rosters Set

Following the announcement of the starters for the East and West last week, the reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game were named yesterday. East starters Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard will be joined by Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Roy Hibbert, Andre Iguodala, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams. Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum will start for the West, while LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook have been picked to come off the bench.

Have your say on the All-Star selections in this thread and discuss a multitude of NBA related topics in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum.

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New CBA Ratified, Big Moves Already Reported

The NBA’s owners and players have approved the new labor deal, officially bringing an end to the NBA lockout. Free agency will begin tomorrow with several players having reportedly already agreed in principle to deals with new teams. In huge news, the Los Angeles Lakers were reportedly set to acquire Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in a deal that would also include the Houston Rockets, but the league has since blocked the deal.

Don’t forget you can discuss all the latest moves and rumours in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum. Roster updates for NBA 2K12 and NBA Jam: On Fire Edition should also commence shortly, though please note that rookies cannot be added to the rosters until they officially sign with their NBA teams. I also expect to have roster updates for NBA Live 2005 through NBA Live 08 out at some point, though I cannot set a specific date at this time.

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Tentative Deal Reached – NBA Games Could Start On Christmas

In case you haven’t heard, the NBA owners and players have reached a tentative deal to end the lockout and begin a 66 game season starting on Christmas. This is great news for all fans of the NBA, but this also means rookies will finally be added to NBA 2K12 once the deal is signed and made official. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will also be receiving roster updates

We have discussion threads on the lockout here in the NBA section of the Forum and there will be another news posting when we get a date for rookies being officially added in NBA 2K12 along with the NBA Jam: On Fire Edition updates.  In the mean time there are multiple rookie rosters for NBA 2K12 uploaded in our Download database.

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Players reject deal, 2012 NBA season in jeopardy

Players have rejected the league’s “take it or leave it” offer that was presented last week and will now move ahead with dissolving the union, which will allow them to file an antitrust suit against the NBA. While the move is intended to give the players more leverage, it has also placed the 2011-2012 season in serious doubt.

This obviously means that the planned official roster updates for NBA 2K12 and NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will not be happening anytime soon and we can expect to see more games cancelled in the near future. What’s your take on the situation? What do you make of the offer that was on the table? Add your thoughts in the comments below and join in the discussion here in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA cancels first two weeks of regular season

Following the latest round of talks between the NBA player’s union and the owners, the league has officially cancelled the first two weeks of the 2011/2012 regular season. Despite meeting for more than seven hours, both sides reportedly remain “very far apart on virtually all issues”, which obviously does not bode well for a speedy resolution to the lockout. Have your say on the lockout and other topics concerning real basketball in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum.

As far as the lockout’s impact on virtual basketball, the current state of negotiations would suggest that an official patch to add rookies to NBA 2K12 and the planned roster updates for NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will not be happening anytime soon. Rookie data is present in NBA 2K12’s game files so it’s possible that we’ll be able to add this year’s rookie crop to the game and utilise faces, speech and so forth through our own unofficial updates. The feasibility and exact methods of doing this are still being explored at this time.

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