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The following is a list of frequently asked questions about NBA 2K11. If you would like to ask a question to be added to this list, please feel free to use the Discussion page.



When was NBA 2K11 released?

NBA 2K11 was released on October 5th 2010 in North America. It was released in most international markets on October 8th 2010.

Which platforms is NBA 2K11 available on?

NBA 2K11 is available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Playstation Portable, Nintendo Wii and Windows PC.

Can we use the classic teams in Association Mode?

Yes. The following teams will be immediately playable in all modes in NBA 2K11:

  • 1985-86 Chicago Bulls
  • 1985-86 Boston Celtics
  • 1989-90 Chicago Bulls
  • 1989-90 Atlanta Hawks
  • 1989-90 Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 1989-90 Detroit Pistons
  • 1990-91 Chicago Bulls
  • 1990-91 Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1991-92 Chicago Bulls
  • 1991-92 Portland Trailblazers
  • 1994-95 Chicago Bulls
  • 1994-95 New York Knicks
  • 1995-96 Chicago Bulls
  • 1995-96 Seattle Supersonics
  • 1996-97 Chicago Bulls
  • 1996-97 Utah Jazz
  • 1997-98 Chicago Bulls
  • 1997-98 Utah Jazz

How do I unlock the Jordan Brand shoes?

There are 40 Jordan Brand shoes in NBA 2K11, including all 25 Air Jordans. They are unlocked automatically every couple of hours, in random order. Each shoe provides a small ratings boost to your player's attributes in My Player, with shoes providing a smaller boost tending to become available first.

How do I unlock MJ: Creating a Legend?

MJ: Creating a Legend mode becomes available when you complete all of the Jordan Challenges. Alternatively, you can enter icanbe23 on the Codes screen to unlock it without first completing all of the challenges.

Does NBA 2K11 support Playstation Move or Kinect on the Xbox 360?

The Playstation 3 version of NBA 2K11 does support Playstation Move. The Xbox 360 version does not support Kinect.

Does NBA 2K11 have support for 3D TV?

Yes, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions now include support for 3D TV, however it is not required to play the game. A special 3D version of the game was released for the PS3 through Best Buy on November 16th 2010. On January 16th 2011, 2K Sports released an update for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions which added 3D support for all users.

Which songs are featured on this year's soundtrack?

You can check out a track list for the NBA 2K11 soundtrack here.

Why do the classic teams in NBA 2K11 feature some generic players?

Former players cannot be included in sports games unless the developer secures likeness rights. 2K Sports secured the rights for the starting lineups for the classic teams as well as some of the key reserves.

Is the Steam Version of NBA 2K11 only available in the US or worldwide?

The Steam version of NBA 2K11 is available worldwide and was released October 9th 2010.

Do the rosters in My Player/Association Mode update according to real NBA transactions?

No, My Player and Association Mode are intended to use custom rosters and do not update along with the real NBA.

Can you be traded without requesting a trade in My Player?

Yes, you can be traded by your team in addition to requesting a trade. Note that teams will not always be willing or able to grant your trade requests.

In My Player Mode, can the user request a trade for his own teammate?

No, you may only request a trade for yourself. However, depending on your standing with the team, they may consult you on who to trade or look to sign.

Can a player have boost a rating above 99 using a Jordan Brand shoe?

No, 99 is the maximum rating. If a player has 97 for a certain rating and a shoe adds a +5 bonus to that rating, they will simply be boosted to the maximum 99.

Where is my main NBA 2K11 folder?

If you have the Steam version of the game you can find your main NBA 2K11 folder here:
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\nba 2k11

The default DVD version of the game installs to:
C:\Program Files\2K Sports\NBA 2K11

If you have another version of NBA 2K11, you should right click your desktop shortcut, click Properties and then click Open File Location to find your installation.

Where is my NBA 2K11 Saves folder?

For Windows XP/Vista users, go to the Start Menu and click Run then type in %appdata% with the % signs. Then click 2K Sports, then NBA 2K11. That is your saves folder.

For Windows 7 users, you can type %appdata% in your Start Menu's search bar and press Enter. It will take you to your Roaming folder where you can select 2K Sports then NBA 2K11.

Where do I put the zip/rar file I downloaded?

You need to extract the game files from the zip/rar file before the game will recognize them. Windows has built in support for zip files whereas rar files need to be extracted with WinRAR or another program.

How do I use these .iff files?

If you look in your main folder you will notice hundreds of .iff files. These files are the game's container files for textures, models and other game assets. Unfortunately you need to manually backup the original game files whereas NBA Live PC games didn't require you to overwrite these files.

To properly use a modified iff file for NBA 2K11 follow this procedure:

  1. Extract iff files from the rar/zip file you downloaded
  2. Find the original iff file in the main folder
  3. Rename original iff file to back it up (ex. uh005.iff -> uh005 - Backup.iff)
  4. Copy the downloaded iff files into the main folder

Keep in mind that we do NOT allow original game files to be posted for download. Do not request original files.

Why don't the patches I downloaded show up?

Unless specifically posted, every patch in the NLSC Forum is created for high detail settings. If you use "Medium" player models then uniforms and cyberfaces should still show up. However, if you use "low" settings, most of the patches will not show up in your game.

How do I know what file controls what?

Global, Gamedata and other files control many aspects of the game, of which there are too many to list.

Files beginning with "u" and "r" are uniform files. The first being home, away, and alternates whereas the second are for retro jerseys.

  • To find what number (ex. uh005.iff) cooresponds to what team, please reference this thread.

Files beginning with "s" are stadium files, "f" for floor files, and "logo" files are obviously for logos.

"png" files are player cyberface files, they contain that player's cyberface texture, tattoo textures, and other things that are specific to that player.

  • To find a specific player's number, reference this thread.

My game doesn't have the same lighting as the 360/PS3 version of the game, is there something I can do to fix it?

It is unknown why the PC version didn't get the same lighting/shadows as the console versions of the game but there is a mod that you can download to fix the problem.

How can I create my own patch?

You should first check out this video tutorial on using the NBA 2KX Mod Tool.

Essentially it is OK to think of .iff files the same way you think of zip/rar files: they are container files with textures and models that can be imported and exported. Once you export a texture you can use Photoshop or a free program like GIMP to edit the textures and then import them back into a iff file.

Once you create your patched iff file, take some screenshots and feel free to start your own thread in our Releases forum for other users to download.

How do I take screenshots?

Some people have not been able to use the Print Screen to properly capture screenshots. You can use a program like Fraps or a free alternative to properly capture screenshots in 2K11.

To upload the screenshots for us to view you can attach them directly to Forum posts, or use a free upload service like Imageshack to host the screenshot online.

Why don't my courts have small logos?

2K Sports have mentioned that there is some kind of licensing issue with international versions of the game that prevents them from using certain logos. This means that unless you have the North American version of the game, with your computer's location set as the United States, the small logos will not show up.

The small logos will show up when using low quality setting environments but user Kaaba has converted the low setting courts for high settings. You can download them here.

If you don't want to use converted low setting courts, you can fix the inaccurate center logos with this patch.

How can I edit my Roster/My Player/Association file outside of the game?

Vl@d Zola Jr. has released a version of REDitor that is compatible with NBA 2K11. For more information, please see this thread.

My End of Game Highlights look messed up, how can I fix it?

If your player of the game highlights look like this, you need to turn off anti-aliasing in your game settings to fix it.