NLSC Podcast Episodes (2015)

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This is an episode guide for the NLSC Podcast, featuring all episodes released during 2015.

Episode Guide[edit]

Episode Hosts Synopsis Release Date
Episode #106 Andrew & Arcane
  • We open the show with a rundown of all the NBA Live 15 news since Episode #105, including the latest roster updates, the second title update, Ultimate Team content, and our giveaway.
  • The Android version of NBA Jam has received another roster update, along with new audio provided by Tim Kitzrow. Boom-shaka-laka!
  • NBA 2K15 news items include the third title update (now available everywhere), Arcane's shoe glitch workaround, a new video from Da_Czar, and a complete guide to earning Badges.
  • Have we gotten into some NBA 2K15 modding yet?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we discuss Kobe Bryant's future, and whether he'll accept a smaller role.
  • As we approach the halfway point of the NBA season, who are our top contenders? Can the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors stay on top?
  • Is LeBron James in decline, and can the Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back? We make our predictions.
  • We discuss the rumoured sale of the Atlanta Hawks, and the possibility that they could end up being the new Seattle Supersonics.
  • Cutting Josh Smith has worked out quite well for the Detroit Pistons (and not too bad for the Houston Rockets). The New York Knicks' trade of J.R. Smith hasn't had quite the same effect.
  • Mo Williams becomes the latest unexpected player to tally a 50+ point game.
January 15th, 2015
Episode #107 Andrew & Arcane
  • We recap the latest content updates for NBA Live 15, which include new rosters and Ultimate Team Legends.
  • Da_Czar has posted another NBA 2K15 play improvements video, this time focusing on handoff plays.
  • In a bizarre turn of events, we've both released updates for NBA Live 08!
  • Since it's a while before NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 news starts coming out, we begin our Wishlists.
  • Which features would we take from NBA 2K, and put into NBA Live? Which NBA Live features would we add to NBA 2K?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, both of our favourite teams are struggling. Clearly, we jinxed them.
  • The Rising Stars Challenge is adopting a USA vs The World concept. Do we like that change?
  • Potential participants for this year's dunk contest have been revealed...but does it matter, if the format is the same as last year?
  • Brandon Jennings has registered the first 20+ point, 20+ assist game since Steve Nash in 2009. Meanwhile, the Playoffs are actually looking like a realistic goal for the Pistons.
  • The Knicks have finally won again. In fact, they have a winning streak going!
  • Shawn Marion has announced his retirement at the end of the season. Will Kobe Bryant join him?
  • Will Ferrell films a movie at a Pelicans game, and Not Bill Walton provides us with another gem to end the episode.
January 23rd, 2015
Episode #108 Andrew & Arcane
  • Congratulations to mp3, winner of our NBA Live 15 PS4 giveaway!
  • We recap the week in NBA Live 15 content updates, from new rosters to the latest Ultimate Team Legends.
  • Hassan Whiteside is now 77 overall in NBA 2K15, but his emergence needs a fancy name to truly be the next Linsanity.
  • We give our thoughts on this year's All-Star jerseys, which along with this year's All-Star court, are now available in NBA 2K15.
  • More users have been uploading their work for NBA 2K15 PC. Please keep it coming!
  • The NBA All-Star starters and reserves have now been announced. Who are the biggest snubs?
  • We celebrate the fact that the traditional dunk contest is back. Now, about those props...
  • Will we see some records broken by this year's field of three-point shootout contestants?
  • We're coming around to the USA vs. The World format for the Rising Stars Challenge.
  • The Atlanta Hawks continue to pick up Ws, on the court and in their Twitter name. The Cleveland Cavaliers are also on a roll.
  • We wrap up Episode #108 with a few other stories from around the league, including the up and down play of the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat's fortunes, Kobe Bryant's surgery, and NBA team Twitter war
February 1st, 2015
Episode #109 Andrew & Arcane
  • Our official Wishlist thread for NBA Live 16 is now open, and the NBA 2K16 thread will soon follow. We discuss the benefits of Wishlists, and the best ways to provide feedback.
  • This week's content updates include new Legends in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team, and new uniforms and Black History Month shoes in NBA 2K15.
  • We admire TGsoGood's custom NBA 2K14 PC trading cards, which were created using the Ultimate Base Roster.
  • As we reflect on our recent basketball gaming experiences, we discuss what it's like to go back and play an older game, and why we sometimes take breaks from playing basketball games.
  • We successfully jinxed the Atlanta Hawks' winning streak with last week's show. This week, we try to jinx a potential NBA Finals match-up by talking about the Hawks and the Golden State Warriors.
  • Our discussion on the Hawks' starting five being named Eastern Conference Player of the Month leads to us giving some opinions on possible changes to the All-Star rosters and Playoffs format.
  • Because we're so good at them, we make our predictions for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend.
  • We end the show by revisiting the Hawks/Warriors discussion, and throw out some trivia regarding Aussies in the NBA.
February 9th, 2015
Episode #110 Andrew & Arcane
  • NBA Live 15 received two roster updates over the past week, as well as a content update which included the All-Star court and jerseys, and over 100 bug fixes.
  • NBA 2K15 PC was Free to Play on Steam over the weekend, and available to buy at a 50% discount.
  • Some recent eBay purchases lead to another discussion about retro basketball gaming.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire will reportedly be bought out by the Knicks, and will likely sign with the Mavericks. We consider what kind of impact he might have.
  • As you may have expected, we didn't do so well on our predictions for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend. Nevertheless, we give our thoughts on all of the events.
  • Do today's players need a bit more of a competitive edge, or even somewhat of a dislike for each other?
  • Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks get burned by Not Bill Walton on Twitter, again.
February 16th, 2015
Episode #111 Andrew & Arcane
  • Post-trade deadline rosters have been pushed through for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, but unfortunately the current NBA Live 15 roster contains a few errors.
  • All-Star and Chinese New Year content is currently available in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team.
  • We've been collecting some great feedback for our NBA Live 16 Wishlist. We ask the community to please keep it coming!
  • Could another developer feasibly throw their hat into the ring with an NBA game? We discuss who could possibly do it, and consider the challenges they'd likely face.
  • A record 37 players were traded at this year's deadline. We run down all of the deals, and give our thoughts on each.
  • Chris Bosh is out for the season, as is Derrick Rose...again. As you may have guessed, we're not thrilled.
  • Daniel Orton finds a creative way to get kicked out of the PBA.
February 26th, 2015
Episode #112 Andrew & Arcane
  • In addition to scanning current NBA player faces for next year's game, EA Sports also brought Patrick Ewing into the studio. Will this mean better Legends faces in NBA Live 16?
  • We recap the latest content updates for NBA Live 15, including the third patch. Impressions to follow next week.
  • A fourth official patch has also been pushed through for NBA 2K15, along with new content. We'll also have more thoughts on that in upcoming episodes.
  • We talk a little about some recent experiences with the games, as well as couple of feature articles on the NLSC.
  • Who do we think will be on the covers of NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16?
  • This week's NBA discussion includes Russell Westbrook's string of triple doubles, Kyrie Irving's big game, the 2015 Playoffs race, and more injury talk.
  • The late Leonard Nimoy left us with a perfect sentiment to close the show on.
March 17th, 2015
Episode #113 Andrew & Arcane
  • Patch #4 for NBA 2K15 is finally out on Xbox One. Since we've had the patch since March 12th, we offer up some overdue impressions.
  • We also give our latest thoughts on NBA Live 15 following all of its patches, and catch up on some other NBA Live and NBA 2K news.
  • The official website of the Phoenix Suns recently ran retrospectives on NBA Live 95 and NBA Jam. We react to their Live vs. Jam debate, and provide our own perspective and recollections.
  • It's been 20 years since Michael Jordan declared "I'm Back". We discuss a special project for NBA Live 2005-08 PC that's somewhat related to the occasion.
  • What are our three favourite Michael Jordan games?
  • Steve Nash has announced his retirement, leading us to reflect on his career.
  • With Kevin Durant out for the season, Russell Westbrook keeps putting up big numbers. Will he win the scoring race with James Harden?
  • We mention a couple of interesting tidbits concerning the Los Angeles Lakers: one a dubious distinction, the other a somewhat surprising fact.
  • As the Spurs make history with their sixteenth consecutive 50+ win season, we reflect on their success in the past couple of decades.
  • We wrap up the show with some interesting features of the PlayStation 4, and some more Michael Jordan trivia.
April 7th, 2015
Episode #114 Andrew & Arcane
  • Some vague tidbits about NBA Live 16 were posted in response to a question posed to the official NBA Live Twitter. Not much to go on, but we're looking forward to more information.
  • A new beta version of the Ultimate Jordan Roster for NBA Live 08 PC is available for the community to try out. Help is wanted with some of the art updates, for anyone willing and able.
  • gregkwaste has released a new version of the NBA 2K15 Explorer, which is very welcome news for the 2K modding community.
  • We reflect on last week's controversy following the NBA 2K14 server shutdown, and 2K's subsequent new policy regarding online support.
  • posted an article naming the ten best basketball video games of all time. Do we agree with it?
  • Moving on to some real NBA Stephen Curry the greatest three point shooter of all time?
  • Derek Fisher has made a bold prediction about the Knicks' fortunes next season. We're not so sure.
  • We touch upon the recent incidents involving Chris Copeland, Pero Antic, and Thabo Sefolosha.
  • Derrick Rose and Paul George are back in action, and contributing.
  • The looming postseason means a couple of Playoff predictions. Which teams are grabbing the eighth seeds in each conference?
April 15th, 2015
Episode #115 Andrew & Arcane
  • We're still collecting some great feedback for our NBA Live 16 Wishlist. A recent Tweet from the official NBA Live Twitter account also demonstrates that our ideas are not going unnoticed.
  • Have the NBA 2K16 cover players been leaked? Last week's Polygon report has provided us with a few rumours to discuss.
  • The Playoffs are bringing new content for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, mostly for Ultimate Team and MyTEAM.
  • We recap some recent releases in the NBA Live and NBA 2K patching community.
  • Speaking of patching, we once again discuss the notion that 2K has done wrong by the modding community with NBA 2K15's restrictions.
  • Retro Basketball Video Game Talk is seemingly becoming a weekly segment. In the spotlight this week: Total NBA '96 for the original PlayStation.
  • Moving on to the 2015 NBA Playoffs, we recap and give our thoughts on all the action so far.
  • Rajon Rondo certainly doesn't appear likely to return to the Mavericks next year. We discuss where he might end up.
  • The Houston Rockets fired their social media manager following a controversial Tweet. Fair or foul?
  • Billy Donovan is close to replacing Scott Brooks as the Oklahoma City Thunder's coach.
  • We wrap up Episode #115 with promising news for Nike fanboys...which would include us.
May 1st, 2015
Episode #116 Andrew & Arcane
  • Are we due for some big NBA Live 16 news in the next month? A recent Tweet from a senior animator on the game has given us cause to speculate.
  • What are our expectations of NBA Live 16 at this point? Which of our most desired improvements are we most likely to see?
  • The latest episode of 2KTV dropped a couple of hints about improvements the development team are looking to make in NBA 2K16. It was brief, but we liked what we heard.
  • E3 2015 is just over a month away. Do we expect NBA Live 16 and/or NBA 2K16 to be there?
  • In this week's retro basketball gaming discussion, Andrew lists his latest eBay pick-ups.
  • We recap the 2015 NBA Playoffs to date, and offer up a few more predictions. We haven't done too badly so our standards, at any rate.
  • Speaking of predictions, we make a couple of picks for the NBA Finals. As always, we take no responsibility for any jinxes!
  • Do we disagree with any of this year's regular season award winners?
  • Monty Williams' firing, new logos and jerseys, and the upcoming NBA Draft lottery round out this week's NBA discussion.
May 15th, 2015
Episode #117 Andrew & Arcane
  • In honour of David Letterman's impending retirement, we present the Top 10 Things Every Basketball Gamer Does!
  • We cover some of the recent content updates for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, and revisit the issue of difficult jumpshots in NBA Live 15, post-patch.
  • No new retro games in Andrew's collection this week, but a happy ending as far as getting the problematic copy of NBA Street Vol. 2 to work.
  • The Chicago Bulls have gone fishing. Has Tom Thibodeau's tenure in the Windy City come to an end?
  • A spectacular collapse saw the Los Angeles Clippers give up a 3-1 series lead to the Houston Rockets. What's next for them?
  • We catch up on the rest of the NBA Playoffs to date, give our predictions for both Conference Finals series, and discuss Game 1 of Warriors vs. Rockets.
  • After almost forgetting all about it, we talk about this year's NBA Draft Lottery. We don't buy into any conspiracy theories, but we do feel sorry for New York Knicks fans.
  • We chat about the future of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Story Threads section of the Forum, and Kevin Garnett.
  • Episode #117 closes with a Tweet from a less-than-impressed Kobe Bryant.
May 21st, 2015
Episode #118 Andrew & Arcane
  • The release date and pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K16 have been revealed. What do we think?
  • We give our thoughts on a couple of suggested features for NBA Live 16.
  • With FIFA 16 adding female players, might we see WNBA players in NBA Live 16 or beyond?
  • We revisit the topic of what would be included in our ultimate NBA video game. Spoiler: lace physics alone are not enough.
  • Has the NBA 2K15 modding season been comparable to what happened when NBA 2K9 came out? We also make a few comparisons between modding tools for NBA Live and NBA 2K.
  • Were this year's Conference Finals boring? What should we make of the Hawks, Rockets, and James Harden?
  • Because we do so well with predictions, we make our picks for the 2015 NBA Finals. Of course, on paper there's a safe pick, but never underestimate our ability to jinx teams.
  • Putting all of our Australian bias we think Matthew Dellavedova is a dirty player, or just scrappy?
  • Should Paul Pierce hang it up? We discuss the possibility of a farewell tour with the Boston Celtics.
  • We end the show by recapping some outstanding trolling by the Nike Shop Twitter account.
May 29th, 2015
Episode #119 Andrew & Arcane
  • Last week's episode of NBA 2KTV delivered the goods as far as NBA 2K16 tidbits are concerned. We give our thoughts on what we've learned so far.
  • We've gotten a second wind for binging on NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, so we share a few of our recent basketball gaming experiences, including some thoughts on the value of Ultimate Team packs.
  • In some breaking news, we have new details on Spike Lee's involvement with NBA 2K16's MyCAREER mode. What do we make of it?
  • We give our thoughts on a topic Kenny discussed in his latest column: direct passing into the backcourt, and vision/awareness "cones".
  • What are our experiences playing real basketball? We reminisce fondly.
  • E3 is quickly approaching, and should bring details on NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16. Oh yeah, and Fallout 4. One of us is rather excited about that.
  • It's our last chance to change our 2015 NBA Finals predictions. Have we had a change of heart?
  • What do we think of the criteria for flagrant fouls?
  • The Chicago Bulls have fired Tom Thibodeau, and brought in Fred Hoiberg. We comment on the change, and other coaching hires around the league.
  • Is Dwyane Wade looking to move on from the Miami Heat?
June 5th, 2015
Episode #120 Andrew & Arcane
  • We didn't have to wait long to find out that Russell Westbrook is gracing the NBA Live 16 cover. What do we think of that choice?
  • With the release of a screenshot and a preliminary features list, we note that there's more optimism surrounding NBA Live 16 compared to recent years, especially with the game's presence at E3.
  • After breaking down this week's NBA Live 16 news, we get up to speed with some NBA 2K16 information, including clarification on a couple of matters that we're glad to see.
  • We comment on three areas where NBA Live 16 needs to show improvement: off-ball movement, animations, and the addition of a shot meter.
  • Kotaku recently published an article describing a lengthy Association experience using skoadam's URB roster for NBA 2K13. Unfortunately, it got our name wrong.
  • We answer some mailbag questions about community spirit and Forum participation...and possibly get a little sentimental in thanking the people who support us in doing what we do.
  • It's been an interesting NBA Finals so far: scrappy, and at times ugly, but not boring. What do we think will happen next?
  • If LeBron James leads the Cavaliers to the title, what does it mean for his standing amongst the greats? We discuss some recent proclamations about The King, and address the issue of "haters". (Caution: Rant Warning)
  • Two Nike fanboys are quite pleased to hear about the company's new deal with the NBA, beginning in 2017. Yes, that would be us.
  • We end with a Tweet by Brandon Jennings, which suggests that he's not a fan of NBA Live.
June 13th, 2015
Episode #121 Andrew & Arcane
  • EA Sports went all out with their NBA Live 16 demonstration at E3 2015, giving us a lot of juicy details about the game. We break down all the developments, and give our thoughts on what we know so far.
  • We also got a decent look at the gameplay in NBA Live 16, as it stands today. Were we impressed?
  • On the whole, we'd have to say that the development team seems very confident about NBA Live 16. That would appear to bode well for the game's future.
  • Were we surprised that we didn't get any NBA 2K16 news or previews during E3? When do we think more NBA 2K16 news will be on the way?
  • The Golden State Warriors are the 2015 NBA Champions! We react to Dub Nation's first title in 40 years.
  • Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled their new uniforms and jerseys. Are we fans of the new look?
  • The Clippers have also just traded for Lance Stephenson. We consider whether or not he'll be a good fit.
  • Outside of the NBA Live 16 news, E3 2015 had plenty of other previews and announcements that got us excited. We talk about some of the other big news coming out of the show, and games we're looking forward to.
  • We close Episode #121 of the NLSC Podcast with a Tweet from
June 19th, 2015
Episode #122 Andrew & Arcane
  • We catch up on the latest NBA Live 16 news, including the developer blog on visuals, new screenshots, and details on the early version of the game that was on display at E3 2015.
  • We're sold on the Special Edition of NBA 2K16, and we're liking the tidbits we've heard so far, but we want to hear more about this year's game from Visual Concepts.
  • What are we playing at the moment? Andrew shares some recent NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team stories.
  • We both added some classic titles to our basketball video game collections recently, but unfortunately, one of us was a little unlucky with our purchase.
  • The 2015 NBA Draft saw a couple of surprise picks. We give our thoughts on how our favourite teams fared.
  • Is Joel Embiid the next Greg Oden?
  • Once again, we play fashion critics, as we discuss the new jerseys for the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.
  • We discuss the 2015 NBA offseason, from the feud between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl to DeAndre Jordan's controversial (in)decision, Luke Ridnour's wild ride, and the major player movement so far.
July 15th, 2015
Episode #123 Andrew & Arcane
  • This past week has brought us some new NBA Live 16 screenshots, and a healthy info drop by way of a developer blog. What do we make of the latest details?
  • We also received some interesting tidbits by way of DualShockers' video interview with NBA Live 16 designer Ryan Santos.
  • We'll have the opportunity to conduct some interviews of our own with the NBA Live 16 development team in the near future, so we invite everyone to get their suggestions for questions in ASAP!
  • The NBA 2K16 achievements list has revealed some pleasing details about this year's game, and also provided some minor spoilers about the MyCAREER story.
  • Rumours about the presence of college basketball in NBA 2K16 remain unconfirmed, but they're too juicy not to report on and discuss. Do we think it will be a reality?
  • What have we been doing with basketball games this past week? We may have a couple of surprises here.
  • Player movement is slowing down, but there's still some interesting signings worth talking about, including Josh Smith joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Will Becky Hammon become the first female head coach in the history of the NBA?
  • We end Episode #123 of the NLSC Podcast with a mention of a once-in-a-lifetime event.
July 22nd, 2015
Episode #124 Andrew & Arcane
  • We open with a reminder about our upcoming NBA Live 16 development team interviews. Get your questions in ASAP!
  • NBA Live 16 has also been on display at a Jordan Brand event, and EA Sports are inviting gamers in the Orlando area to join in some playtesting sessions.
  • We have our first official details on MyTEAM in NBA 2K16. The game's soundtrack has also been released on Spotify.
  • Details on game modes have also been leaked. We comment on the latest leaks and rumours, as it appears that where there's smoke, there is indeed fire.
  • We reflect on the differences in the previews for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 so far.
  • Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15 has been celebrating Christmas in July, and delivered one of us a nice present.
  • Will LeBron James star in Space Jam 2? It's likely just speculation and joking around, but...should he?
  • Baron Davis is talking about a comeback attempt, while Stephen Jackson is calling it a day.
  • In free agency news, Seth Curry gets his big break, while Richard Jefferson changes his mind...somewhat less controversially than DeAndre Jordan.
  • The Indiana Pacers will wear jerseys celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hoosiers.
July 29th, 2015
Episode #125 Andrew & Arcane
  • Andrew tips off the show with some thanks for the key folks who got him to Orlando to take part in the NBA Live 16 community event back in July. Lots of impressions and information coming, once clearance is granted!
  • One aspect of NBA Live 16 that can be discussed at this time is the recently announced LIVE Pro-Am. Andrew follows up on his hands-on impressions with further thoughts, while Arcane has some hands-off impressions.
  • A few screenshots and quick video clips have also been released, in addition to the trailer for LIVE Pro-Am. We talk about how well NBA Live 16 is shaping up, visually speaking.
  • On a less positive note, we react to the absence of custom rosters and roster editing in NBA Live 16. Might it be patched in?
  • 2K has also announced Pro-Am for NBA 2K16. We give our thoughts on 2K's take on the concept, and the unfortunate situation of both modes having the same name.
  • We've also had a glimpse of NBA 2K16 by way of some video clips on social media, screenshots, and the digital shorts narrated by Spike Lee.
  • What do we make of the criticism that NBA 2K16's graphics haven't shown enough improvement?
  • We discuss the latest retro teams to be announced for NBA 2K16, and make a couple of predictions as to which teams might be announced next.
  • Speaking of retro basketball, Andrew has picked up a few more old school games. This leads to a comparison of collections.
  • This week's NBA discussion includes a few more thoughts on the new jersey designs, Tristan Thompson's continued free agency, and some very bad news for Dante Exum.
  • We wrap up Episode #125 of the NLSC Podcast with a bold prediction from Charles Barkley.
August 19th, 2015
Episode #126 Andrew & Arcane
  • At long last, we're launching our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content! On a similar note, Andrew is celebrating his 14th Anniversary as NLSC Webmaster.
  • We also have interviews with Sean O'Brien, and Leftos & JaoSming coming up. Get your questions in ASAP!
  • Recapping the week in NBA Live 16 news, we give our thoughts on the latest preview media, and information on this year's pre-order bonuses.
  • The first proper gameplay trailer for NBA 2K16 has dropped. Do we feel hyped?
  • Last week delivered us a huge amount of information on MyLEAGUE, MyLEAGUE Online, and MyGM. Naturally, it all came through after we wrapped up last week's episode, but we're happy to get it nevertheless.
  • We discuss a few other NBA 2K16 news and notes, including changes to ratings, and the latest retro teams to be confirmed.
  • With gamers looking forward to both NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, shots are being fired by both companies. We weigh in on the situation.
  • Metta World Peace could be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers. What do we think of that move?
  • Michael Jordan makes more in endorsements than any current NBA player. We reflect on the brand power of His Airness.
  • We wrap up Episode #126 of the NLSC Podcast with Nick Young's desire to play for the Boomers, and Andrew Bogut's response.
August 27th, 2015
Episode #127 Andrew & Arcane

Special Guests: Leftos & JaoSming

  • Leftos returns once again to the NLSC Podcast to discuss MyGM, MyLEAGUE, and MyLEAGUE Online in NBA 2K16! And, because there was no way he was going to be left out, JaoSming joins in on the fun.
September 4th, 2015
Episode #128 Andrew & Arcane
  • In case you missed it, last week was a big episode for the NLSC Podcast, as we welcomed Leftos and JaoSming back to the show to talk about NBA 2K16.
  • Our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content has tipped off, and we have a couple of other housekeeping announcements to make.
  • Catching up on all the NBA Live 16 news, we give our thoughts on the soundtrack, latest ratings reveals, and screenshots. Are we hyped for NBA Live 16?
  • We recap a huge amount of NBA 2K16 news, including a new trailer, and several in-depth developer blogs. Has it moved the needle on our excitement for NBA 2K16?
  • New content for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 is slowing to a halt, and we're finding that we're just about ready to move on. Still, we have been spending some time with last year's games as of late.
  • The Atlanta Hawks are retiring Dikembe Mutombo's #55, so we reflect on some of our favourite Mutombo Moments.
  • J.R. Smith has officially re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers; Tristan Thompson has not. Once again, we reflect on the Cavs' chances this year.
  • What do we think of Mickey Arison's proposed Miami Vice/South Beach alternates for the Miami Heat?
  • We end Episode #128 of the NLSC Podcast with an All-Time Lineup game.
September 10th, 2015
Episode #129 Andrew

Special Guest: Sean O'Brien

In another special episode, Andrew chats with NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O'Brien. Topics include:

  • The development team's confidence in NBA Live 16, with the early gameplay footage and blogs at E3 2015.
  • Sean talks about the key gameplay improvements, in terms of controls, animations, responsiveness, and artificial intelligence.
  • LIVE Pro-Am, featuring the Summer Circuit and LIVE Run, has been the main focus as far as modes in NBA Live 16 are concerned. Sean discusses a couple of the improvements that have gone into the game since the community event back in July.
  • Sean comments on the status of Dynasty Mode and Rising Star in NBA Live 16, and talks a little about plans to improve them in NBA Live 17 and beyond.
  • Likewise, Sean gives a candid answer about the status of roster editing in future games, and the situation with player customisation in NBA Live 16.
  • Since he goes a long way back with EA Sports and the NBA Live series, Sean offers up some recollections as part of our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations.
  • Turning our attention back to this year's game to close out the show, Sean provides us with a few more tidbits about NBA Live 16, including the status of the GameFace HD app.
September 14th, 2015
Episode #130 Andrew & Arcane
  • We tip things off with our impressions of NBA Live 16. Is it the step up over NBA Live 15 that we were hoping it would be?
  • A couple of patches have already been released for NBA Live 16, so we have some impressions to share regarding a couple of the fixes.
  • NBA 2K16 has already sold four million copies, of which we own a couple. What do we make of this year's offering from Visual Concepts?
  • We've been fairly critical of the story-driven approach to MyCAREER these past few years, but in NBA 2K16, it's not all bad. Then again, it's not all good, either...
  • Catching up on some community news, our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content will be resuming soon, alongside our continued NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 coverage. NBA 2K16 PC modding has also tipped off with the release of gregkwaste's NBA 2K16 Explorer.
  • Moving on to this week's NBA discussion, we react to the terrible situation with Lamar Odom.
  • On a happier note, we look ahead to the 2016 season, and pick our shortlist of title contenders.
  • We wrap up Episode #130 of the NLSC Podcast with more NBA fashion critiques, and the impending anniversary of a league record.
October 15th, 2015
Episode #131 Andrew & Arcane
  • We've had another week to play NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, with a couple of patches being pushed through. What's our latest take on this year's games?
  • Since we didn't cover it last week, we also give our thoughts on the MyNBA2K16 app. If you need extra VC, it's definitely worth picking up.
  • We talk about a recent retro basketball game purchase, and reminisce once again about the days when multiple companies released yearly hoops titles. Will we ever see that happen again?
  • Following up on one of last week's big NBA stories, Lamar Odom is thankfully on the mend.
  • The 2016 NBA GM Survey is out on Are we the only ones who make terrible predictions?
  • We wrap up Episode #131 of the NLSC Podcast with a gem from NBA 2K16 that surely can't be a coincidence.
October 22nd, 2015
Episode #132 Andrew & Arcane
  • NBA Live 16's sales figures have been underwhelming. We discuss the reaction to the game so far, and the low number of sales following the optimism of the preview season.
  • What must EA Sports do with NBA Live 17 for the game to show sufficient improvement, and move the needle in sales?
  • We talk about a couple of things that were left on the cutting room floor for NBA Live 16. We also note the lack of an opening night roster update, and the presence of one for NBA 2K16.
  • There's been another exciting development with NBA 2K16 modding, which we're looking forward to seeing come to fruition. Hopefully, modding is even easier in NBA 2K17.
  • We pay our respects to the late Flip Saunders, who sadly lost his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • The 2016 NBA season is underway, and it's about time, too. We give our thoughts on the action from opening night.
  • Tristan Thompson has finally signed an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Did they overpay for him?
  • We wrap up Episode #132 of the NLSC Podcast with a discussion of Nike's fancy new shoe. It's no hoverboard, but it's still sufficiently futuristic for 2015!
October 29th, 2015
Episode #133 Andrew & Arcane
  • New rosters are out for NBA Live 16, but we're still waiting for proper, post-opening night 2016 season lineups.
  • We touch on last week's discussion about NBA Live 16's sales and what NBA Live 17 needs to do, and follow up with a correction.
  • Patch V2 is out now for NBA 2K16 PC. Some issues remain, but there's a noticeable improvement in performance, and some welcome fixes.
  • NBA 2K16 modding saw a huge development this week with the release of the External File Plugin. Installing mods just got a whole lot easier.
  • 2K is banning PC gamers who hack their NBA 2K16 MyCAREER saves with the Cheat Engine. Fair or foul?
  • We wrap up this week's video game discussion with some further MyCAREER talk.
  • Moving on to our NBA discussion, we recap the first week of the 2016 season, which has seen the Golden State Warriors dominate, Nate Robinson get cut after two games, and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook achieve a milestone.
  • In a tale of two all-time greats, we reflect on Kobe Bryant's continued struggles and decline, and LeBron James' continued ascension up the all-time scoring charts.
  • It wouldn't be an episode of the NLSC Podcast without some jersey discussion. This time, it's the presence of the Kia logo on the All-Star jerseys.
  • We talk a little about how our favourite teams are doing, and the early struggles of the Houston Rockets.
  • Episode #133 of the NLSC Podcast ends with some Kevin Garnett trivia that probably makes him feel old. Kinda makes us feel old, too.
November 5th, 2015
Episode #134 Andrew & Arcane
  • NBA Live 16 is in need of a major patch and content update. When do we think we might see it?
  • We look ahead to NBA Live 17 once again, and speculate on whether major updates for 16 might be shelved in favour of ensuring a much better game next year.
  • The third patch for NBA 2K16 should be coming soon. Mike Wang has posted some tidbits on what to expect over at Operation Sports.
  • Some gamers have discovered a couple of defensive settings (and possible oversight) in NBA 2K16 that make a huge difference to the way the CPU plays defense.
  • Moving on to the NBA discussion, Andre Drummond is doing something that hasn't been done in almost 50 years. We know that Leftos has to be pleased.
  • LeBron James supports our campaign to put an end to sleeved jerseys! OK, not really, but it's clear The King doesn't care for them either.
  • Derrick Rose is slowly regaining his form, which one of us is particularly pleased to see. We discuss the recent rumours surrounding Rose, and whether he's actually on the way out of Chicago.
  • The Miami Heat have made the first trade of the regular season, sending Mario Chalmers to the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • We end Episode #134 of the NLSC Podcast with a dubious statistic involving Nick Young and Kobe Bryant.
November 12th, 2015
Episode #135 Andrew & Arcane
  • A new roster has come through for NBA Live 16, but the latest update still leaves something to be desired.
  • On the other hand, a huge patch has come through for NBA 2K16 on PS4. The PC and X1 patches are still on the way.
  • Speaking of the Xbox One, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is on the newly announced list of backwards compatible games. We discuss the possibility of the game coming to PlayStation 4 as well.
  • If nothing else, forthcoming backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 2 might allow us to play NBA Street 1-3 on Sony's latest console.
  • We've got a listener question this week: Would we consider buying a Steam machine?
  • Stephen Curry has passed his father in career threes, as he and the Golden State Warriors continue to have a fantastic start to the season. We discuss their success so far, and consider the comparisons to great teams and players from the past.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, continue to lose. When will the tanking end?
  • Kevin McHale has been fired following the Houston Rockets' slow start. We consider whether the move was fair, or made too early.
  • Speaking of coaches in the hot seat, George Karl is butting heads with DeMarcus Cousins and GM Vlade Divac. Do we think he'll last the season?
  • We wrap up Episode #135 of the NLSC Podcast with some more interesting stats.
November 21st, 2015
Episode #136 Andrew & Arcane
  • The big patch and content update for NBA Live 16 has finally come through. We offer up some early impressions, with more to come next week after further hands-on time.
  • More exciting news on the NBA 2K16 PC modding front, as it appears as though we'll be able to edit models in Blender in the not too distant future.
  • We recap some of the weekly features here at the NLSC, including the revival of the NBA Live Domain.
  • Moving on to our NBA discussion, the Golden State Warriors continue their hot start, and Stephen Curry is still on fire. We wonder which happens first: the Warriors losing, or the Philadelphia 76ers winning.
  • LeBron James and Dwyane Wade continue to ascend the all-time leaderboards. Where would we rank the two future Hall of Famers and former teammates on the list of all-time greats?
  • Kobe Bryant's struggles may have just hit a new low. We're broached the subject before, but could we see the Black Mamba hang it up before the season is over?
  • We wrap up Episode #136 of the NLSC Podcast with a very classy tribute in NBA Live 16.
November 26th, 2015
Episode #137 Andrew & Arcane
  • Aside from 2K's new partnership with Marvel leading to some new in-game content, there isn't a lot of basketball gaming news this week. Nevertheless, we have a few more thoughts about NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 to share, including some more issues we'd like to see addressed.
  • With the new games obviously a long way away, we outline some plans for what we'd like to do in NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 in the coming weeks and months.
  • Some recent NLSC features are also quickly recapped.
  • Moving on to this week's NBA discussion, the Golden State Warriors are still winning, and it's earned Luke Walton Coach of the Month honours. It's just a shame that he's technically winless!
  • Kobe Bryant has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, officially making the year a farewell tour. Obviously, that means his number will be retired in the not too distant future...but which one?
  • One streak is over as the Philadelphia 76ers have finally won a game! The Los Angeles Lakers were the unlucky opponent, though it doesn't sound like Byron Scott is on the chopping block just yet.
  • A new segment makes its debut: Bold Predictions for Next Week. Will we both be eating crow in the next episode?
  • We wrap up Episode #137 of the NLSC Podcast with some good news for anyone betting on the Warriors
December 3rd, 2015
Episode #138 Andrew & Arcane
  • The NBA Live 16 rosters are gradually getting better and more complete, but there's still work to be done. We reflect on NBA Live 09's commitment to being "made fresh daily".
  • 2K has teased a "major event" that will be tipping off on December 12th, involving NBA 2K16. We speculate as to what it might be.
  • Are there any mods or other projects that we'd really like to undertake in the future?
  • We briefly recap this week's Wednesday Wayback, and provide a teaser for the next video retrospective.
  • Moving on to this week's NBA discussion...who's the best player in the NBA right now? Stephen Curry, or LeBron James?
  • Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith are reportedly on the trading block. We consider whether or not the Los Angeles Clippers will have any luck moving them.
  • On its eleventh anniversary, we reminisce about Tracy McGrady's 13 points in 35 seconds. (Note: We incorrectly refer to it being the tenth anniversary on the show; whoops!)
  • The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Jerry Colangelo, after the league strongly suggested doing so. Was that an appropriate move by the NBA, and what does it mean for the Sixers?
  • We throw out new Bold Predictions for Next Week, and reflect on last week's predictions.
  • Episode #138 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with some more interesting statistics.
December 10th, 2015
Episode #139 Andrew & Arcane
  • Some new roster and content updates have come through for NBA Live 16, including this year's Christmas jerseys, Stance socks, and a few new bug fixes.
  • NBA 2K16 has also received a new patch on all the major platforms, which resolves a few issues in gameplay and various game modes.
  • We reflect on last week's big event for NBA 2K16, which turned out to be a digital launch party for Kyrie Irving's new shoes. Were we expecting something better?
  • gregkwaste has released his 3D Importer/Exporter tool for NBA 2K16, opening up 3D editing for this year's game. Needless to say, it's another big development for the modding community.
  • We quickly recap this week's featured content on the NLSC.
  • The Streak is over! We react to the Milwaukee Bucks becoming the first team to defeat the Golden State Warriors this season.
  • Elsewhere, the Philadelphia 76ers continue to struggle, but Brett Brown has agreed to a contract extension through 2019.
  • Could Dwight Howard be heading to the Miami Heat? One of us isn't so thrilled about that possibility.
  • Nick Young has made dishing out his first ever assist to Kobe Bryant. Apparently, it was the shoes.
  • We have new Bold Predictions for Next Week - or the next couple of weeks, actually. We also look back on last week's predictions, as one of us managed to get on the board.
  • Episode #139 of the NLSC Podcast ends with a Year in Review segment, where we look back on the best and worst of 2015, and look ahead to 2016.
December 19th, 2015