The Direct Pass function was also once used to force players to walk rather than jog or run and was often used by players to slow the pace of the game. With the sensitivity of joysticks now being utilised, Direct Pass no longer offers this function.
Using Direct Pass
Direct Pass control is initiated by using the Direct Pass button. In most editions of NBA Live this button must be held down, however in the PC versions of NBA Live 2003, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08, pressing the Direct Pass button once toggles Direct Pass on and off. When activated, icons appear above the heads of the ballhandlers teammates. Pressing the corresponding button or key will initiate a pass to the desired player.
The equivalent feature when the user's team is on defense is called Direct Switch. Using the same method as Direct Pass, it is used to immediately switch control to another defensive player.