NLSC Podcast Episodes (2016)

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This is an episode guide for the NLSC Podcast, featuring all episodes released during 2016.

Episode Guide[edit]

Episode Hosts Synopsis Release Date
Episode #140 Andrew & Arcane
  • There wasn't a whole lot of news over the break, but 2K did announce that eSports are coming to NBA 2K16 in early 2016.
  • NBA Live 16 hasn't received any significant content updates over the past couple of weeks. Should there be more content coming through for the game?
  • Wishlist season is looming. What are some of our main wishes for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17?
  • What does NBA Live need to do to gain momentum and start catching up to NBA 2K?
  • We give our thoughts on the direction of Ultimate Team and MyTEAM. How interested are we in the card collecting modes?
  • Joey Crawford is finally hanging up his whistle. Spoiler: We're not exactly heartbroken.
  • The Golden State Warriors are still on pace to challenge the Chicago Bulls' 72-10 record. Draymond Green is turning into a triple double machine.
  • We discuss the controversy with Markieff Morris in Phoenix, and defend our generation.
  • Arcane is doing well with our weekly Bold Predictions. Andrew is yet to get on the board.
  • This week's trivia question is about Michael Jordan. Can you get the answer before Arcane?
  • Twitter is looking to expand its character limit. Are we in favour of the change, and how many characters would we prefer?
  • We wrap up Episode #140 of the NLSC Podcast with some New Year's Resolutions, and an unfortunate clerical error involving C.J. McCollum.
January 7th, 2016
Episode #141 Andrew & Arcane
  • Has EA Sports done enough to create interest in NBA Live 17, or will the plug be pulled? Do they need to be doing more with NBA Live 16 to drum up interest for this year's game?
  • What's holding EA back from releasing a game that can compete with 2K?
  • We discuss some of the issues with animations in both NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16.
  • With the NBA All-Star festivities not too far away, we reminisce about All-Star Weekend in NBA Live. Do we want EA to bring it back? You can probably guess our answer to that one!
  • Fox Sports Australia recently posted some NBA Jam trivia, which we quickly recap and reflect upon.
  • Which mode do we prefer in NBA 2K: MyLEAGUE, or MyGM?
  • Moving on to this week's NBA discussion, we mention a couple of notes from the past week, and run through a few midseason surprises and disappointments.
  • The second returns for this year's All-Star balloting have been released. The likely starters are becoming clearer, so we talk about some candidates for the reserves.
  • Which Chicago Bulls player is most likely to be traded: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, or Jimmy Butler?
  • We revisit the question of which number the Los Angeles Lakers should retire for Kobe Bryant.
  • Should Kevin Garnett receive a similar send-off to Kobe?
  • In this week's Bold Predictions for Next Week: Andrew still isn't on the scoreboard. Will his latest prediction break the drought?
  • We wrap up Episode #141 of the NLSC Podcast by naming the team we'd buy if we won this week's big Powerball jackpot.
January 14th, 2016
Episode #142 Andrew & Arcane
  • We discuss the most recent NBA Live 16 roster update, including the addition of Elton Brand and the latest ratings adjustments.
  • A rumour regarding the expansion of the NBA Live development team has been brought to our attention. We don't have any inside information, but we have a few thoughts on the possibility all the same.
  • The good news: face scanning has come to NBA 2K16 PC. The bad news: a lot of gamers probably won't be able to take advantage of it, at least not yet.
  • We reflect on the issue of content creators getting burned out, talking about our own experiences and offering some advice.
  • Jimmy Butler became the fourth Chicago Bulls player to score 50+ points. On a less positive note, it looks like Joakim Noah is out for the season.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day saw some wild games in the NBA, including a career high 52 points by Kemba Walker.
  • A couple of players from the Class of 1999 are looking to make a comeback in the NBA.
  • Matthew Dellavedova has been voted the dirtiest player in the league. Will we still defend our fellow Aussie?
  • Andre Drummond set a new record for free throws missed in a single game. We take the opportunity to discuss the Hack-a-Whoever strategy.
  • We offer up some suggestions of players who may be traded before or at the deadline.
  • The NBA might appeal to international fans - like us - by scheduling some morning games in the future. Yes, we're all for it.
  • This week's Bold Predictions see...well, more bold predictions. Last week wasn't kind to us.
  • We end Episode #142 of the NLSC Podcast with an interesting trivia note coming out of the Chicago Bulls/Golden State Warriors game.
January 21st, 2016
Episode #143 Andrew & Arcane
  • We tip things off with a look at recent NBA Live 16 updates, including thoughts on the latest rosters, and the lack of content for BIG Moments.
  • EA are dropping out of E3, in favour of hosting their own event, EA Play. The event will be open to the public, and will feature hands-on game demos.
  • Speaking of EA, we also touch on some recent comments Andrew Wilson made about changing the company's image.
  • Patch #5 has been released for NBA 2K16. Its focus suggests that the Pro-Am Road To The Finals tournament isn't too far away.
  • The starters and reserves for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game have been announced. We recap the selections, and give our thoughts.
  • We reflect on the selections for the Rising Stars Challenge, which were also recently announced.
  • David Blatt's unexpected and virtually unprecedented firing got a lot of people talking in the past week, so it's our turn to weigh in on the situation.
  • Last week, we discussed players who might be traded. One of them has been, as Josh Smith has been sent back to the Houston Rockets.
  • We compare the 1996 Chicago Bulls to the 2016 Golden State Warriors. Who would win, what would the match-ups be like, and how close would it be?
  • Who are some of the biggest Draft busts that come immediately to mind? Unfortunately, MJ has picked a couple of them.
  • We've both come up empty in Bold Predictions the last couple of weeks, which means Andrew is still yet to get on the scoreboard. Surely, this is the week it all turns around!
  • We wrap up Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast with a bizarre incident involving Blake Griffin.
January 30th, 2016
Episode #144 Andrew & Arcane
  • The NBA Live 16 rosters have been updated, but do not include this year's All-Star teams, jerseys, or court. We also touch on the continued lack of updates to BIG Moments and NBA Rewind.
  • Following our speculation last week, the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pro-Am tournament has tipped off with pre-season play. Unfortunately for PC gamers, it appears to be console only.
  • Take Two is being sued over the unauthorised use of certain players' tattoos in NBA 2K16. Fair or foul?
  • Returning in this week's NLSC Podcast, Our Week in Basketball Gaming! This week, it's all about Ultimate Team, MyCAREER, and a rant about sore losers online.
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes we've made in franchise modes over the years?
  • Do we have any plans to get into some NBA 2K16 modding?
  • Jeff Hornacek has been fired by the Phoenix Suns, and replaced by Earl Watson. Not altogether surprising.
  • With the trade deadline looming, we look at some rumours making the rounds, and consider who might be changing teams. Will any big names be wearing new jerseys after the deadline?
  • We give our thoughts on the suggestion that Kobe Bryant will shut it down after All-Star Weekend.
  • The participants for the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout have been announced, so we throw out some early predictions.
  • Could Kevin Durant end up with the Golden State Warriors next season?
  • In this week's Bold Predictions...more of the same. The slump has to end sometime, right?
  • We wrap up Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast with the return of Trivia Question, featuring a tidbit from beyond the arc.
February 6th, 2016
Episode #145 Andrew & Arcane
  • Our official Wishlist threads for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 are now open, so start posting your constructive feedback!
  • We reflect on All-Star Weekend in NBA Live, and fantasise about its return.
  • A list of players missing from NBA 2K16's historical teams has been posted over on Reddit, leading us to wonder about the future of retro teams.
  • What have we been doing in NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 this past week? We recap our latest adventures on the virtual hardwood.
  • How did we originally find the NLSC and get involved with it? We answer a mailbag question about our history with the site.
  • Who are some our favourite fringe NBA players? Have we ended up acquiring any of them in our franchise games?
  • Derek Fisher is the latest head coach to get the axe. The circus continues in New York.
  • ESPN has named Michael Jordan the greatest NBA player of all-time in a recent feature. We don't disagree.
  • The NBA is considering changing the Hack-a-Whoever rules. We're not heartbroken.
  • Blake Griffin has been suspended for his altercation with an assistant equipment manager. Meanwhile, Markieff Morris is still trying to force his way out of Phoenix.
  • The 2016 All-Star Weekend is almost upon us. We run down our official predictions.
  • After double-checking the date for our next show, we also give our Bold Predictions for this week.
  • We wrap up Episode #145 of the NLSC Podcast with another trivia game, and an interesting note regarding LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
February 11th, 2016
Episode #146 Andrew & Arcane
  • NBA Live 16 received a new patch last week, including the All-Star court and jerseys, and new Ultimate Team challenges. BIG Moments have also finally been updated!
  • A few more people seem to be playing LIVE Pro-Am, which is promising.
  • NBA Live is returning to the mobile platform with a free game. Since the list of platforms is expanding, can we get a PC version, please?
  • NBA Live 17 will reportedly add venues for the Goodman League, Drew League, and Dyckman Basketball Tournament. Sounds good to us.
  • What do we think NBA Live 17 needs to do to grab attention and generate interest among basketball gamers?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes more Ultimate Team stories, and some MyCAREER advice.
  • The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend is in the books. We loved the Slam Dunk Contest; the All-Star Game, not so much.
  • We list our top three favourite All-Star Weekends of all-time. Yes, there are some old school picks in there.
  • Chris Bosh is reportedly facing another health scare, though the Miami Heat are insisting otherwise.
  • Who's changing address at the trade deadline? We run down some of the rumours making the rounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #146 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions. One of us really, really needs to turn things around.
February 18th, 2016
Episode #147 Andrew & Arcane
  • Basketball skill development coach and former Harlem Globetrotter Derick Grant revealed that he has been participating in some motion capture sessions for NBA Live 17.
  • Unfortunately we can't play it ourselves, but NBA Live Mobile has been receiving some positive reactions from gamers.
  • We discuss an unfortunate bug in the NBA Live 16 rosters that is affecting this year's rookie crop.
  • The NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15 servers are still up and running. As you'd expect though, there's not a lot of activity.
  • Mike Wang's comments on Stephen Curry causing problems in the development of NBA 2K leads to some thoughts on realism in basketball video games.
  • More MyCAREER and Ultimate Team tales as we discuss our week in basketball gaming.
  • We talk about the reasons people go back and patch older games like NBA Live 08, and our enthusiasm for getting involved every once in a while.
  • The trade deadline did not exactly live up to our expectations...or for that matter, our predictions. We recap all the recent player movement.
  • Shockingly, the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Golden State Warriors a 32 point loss. They're still on track to challenge 72-10, though.
  • It's not looking promising for Chris Bosh, as he's on the verge of being shut down for the second straight season due to health problems.
  • Sean Marks has become the first Kiwi to get an NBA GM gig. As Aussies, we ponder how we can piggyback on the achievement.
  • We wrap up Episode #147 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions.
February 25th, 2016
Episode #148 Andrew & Arcane
  • We tip things off with a reminder about our Wishlist threads for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17.
  • We're pleased to say that the issue with dunk packages that we discussed last week has been resolved in the latest roster update for NBA Live 16.
  • A lot of NBA 2K streamers have been showing NBA Live 16 some love, and the response from their viewers has been quite favourable as well.
  • The Week 3 winners of the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament on Xbox One have been disqualified for game fixing. We don't feel sorry for them.
  • Once again, we touch on the on-going discussion of how Stephen Curry can be accurately represented in basketball video games.
  • A recent incident leads to another reminder about rudeness and constructive criticism in the modding community.
  • What have we been doing on the virtual hardwood as of late? Find out in the latest edition of Our Week in Basketball Gaming!
  • Stephen Curry had a huge week and proved a couple of NBA Legends wrong, but is everyone really a hater?
  • "Buyout season" has a few players changing teams ahead of the Playoffs push.
  • We recap the Miami Heat's impressive performance against the Chicago Bulls, in which Hassan Whiteside continued his strong play off the bench.
  • Who are our favourite active NBA players?
  • Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with this week's Bold Predictions.
March 4th, 2016
Episode #149 Andrew & Arcane
  • Over 100+ new items have been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16. Unfortunately, the issue with standing dunks remains unresolved.
  • A new playbook and gameplan update has been pushed through for NBA 2K16. Are we expecting any more major updates for either game?
  • Does NBA Live need to focus less on NBA 2K, and concentrate on being itself?
  • We reminisce about the days when there were more than two basketball games on the market, and discuss the kind of releases we'd like to see.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Dusting off old favourites, and getting them to work in 64-bit Windows.
  • If the opportunity presented itself, would we join the NBA Live Development Team?
  • Moving on to this week's NBA discussion, we chat about Stephen Curry and the Warriors, Russell Westbrook's big triple double, dysfunction in Cleveland, a new home for Dwight Howard, and a couple of surprising teams.
  • What do we think of Ben Simmons' potential $100 million shoe deal? What will he mean for Australian basketball?
  • We wrap up Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions. Is Andrew on the board yet? (Come on, what do you think?!?)
March 11th, 2016
Episode #150 Andrew & Arcane
  • Tipping things off with some Wishlist talk, we ask ourselves: aside from improved gameplay, what's the one enhancement that would keep us playing NBA Live 17?
  • We also discuss a couple of recent suggestions for NBA 2K17, regarding potential ratings and Badges.
  • Are we bothered by the NBA Live Development Team reaching out to NBA 2K gamers?
  • Rocket League is set to receive a basketball mode called Hoops, which we're both looking forward to.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has included some time with Ultimate Team, Pro-Am, MyCAREER, and a few retro titles.
  • NBA referee Joey Crawford has retired effectively immediately, due to his knee injuries.
  • Speaking of knee injuries, Jahlil Okafor is set to miss the rest of his rookie season after tearing his meniscus.
  • Could Phil Jackson return to the sidelines, only coaching the New York Knicks during home games? It seems Carmelo Anthony isn't a fan of the idea.
  • Ben Simmons has been dethroned in the mock draft over at Draft Express. He's also been hit with a couple of unflattering comparisons.
  • We wrap up Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions, in which Arcane is back at .500, and Andrew is still seeking his first point. Of course...
March 18th, 2016
Episode #151 Andrew & Arcane
  • As the 2016 season winds down, new Playoff Push content has been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16.
  • NBA 2K reached a million followers on Twitter and celebrated with a Locker Code. Unfortunately, the random giveaways left something to be desired.
  • How have the Wishlists for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 been shaping up so far?
  • Pro-Am has been well-received by some NBA Live 16 gamers. What would we like to see done with the mode in NBA Live 17?
  • In the latest edition of Our Week in Basketball Gaming, Andrew talks a little about his recent NBA Live modding projects.
  • The San Antonio Spurs handed the Golden State Warriors their seventh loss last week, but the defending champions are otherwise still going strong.
  • Speaking of the Spurs, they now hold an impressive distinction over the rest of the NBA.
  • LeBron James has unfollowed the Cleveland Cavaliers on social media. Is everyone reading too much into it, or is it indeed newsworthy? Would we see the same thing from previous generations?
  • In sad news, NBA on TNT's Craig Sager has announced his cancer is no longer in remission.
  • We talk about the 2016 Playoff race, and pick the teams we think will beat out their closest competitors for the eighth seed in both Conferences.
  • In this week's Bold Predictions...Andrew is finally on the board! Will this be the beginning of a new streak?
  • We wrap up Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast with a trivia note comparing LeBron James and Andre Miller.
March 24th, 2016
Episode #152 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We open the show with another reminder about our NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 Wishlists. Get your feedback in ASAP!
  • Since it's Kenny's first time on the NLSC Podcast, he provides some thoughts on what he'd like to see get better in NBA 2K, what he's been enjoying in NBA 2K16, and what would draw him back to NBA Live.
  • When should NBA Live 17 be released? Should it be before, after, or at the same time as NBA 2K17?
  • Recently, there's been talk of cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We discuss what that would mean for basketball gaming, should it ever come to fruition.
  • Rocket League's basketball-themed add-on Hoops is set to arrive some time in April, free of charge.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: modding, MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and 2K Pro-Am.
  • Turning our attention to real basketball, we chat about the Golden State Warriors closing in on the Chicago Bulls' record, the drama with D'Angelo Russell, and the retirement of one of Australia's best players.
  • We wrap up Episode #152 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions, as Andrew seeks a second point, Arcane seeks to stay above .500, and Kenny seeks to get on the board out of the gate.
April 1st, 2016
Episode #153 Andrew & Arcane
  • A new roster came through for NBA Live 16 last week. We recap some of the recent ratings changes, including the top five players in the game as of the latest roster.
  • After a breakdown of some forthcoming Throwback Thursday content in NBA 2K16’s MyTEAM, we give some more thoughts on the mode, and compare it to NBA Live 16’s Ultimate Team.
  • Do we expect face scanning to be available in NBA Live 17?
  • Following on from this week’s Monday Tip-Off column, we discuss whether or not basketball video games should have downloadable content, outside of the regular roster/art updates.
  • If you’re looking for a new basketball game to try out, Dr B has released a beta version of his Slam Dunk Contest game exclusively at the NLSC.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: More retro gaming, and a few games of MyCAREER.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, Sam Hinkie appears to have grown weary of the Process, as he’s stepping down from the Philadelphia 76ers’ front office.
  • Jerry Sloan has announced that he has Parkinson’s Disease. We wish him good health, and all the best.
  • As the 2016 NBA season draws to a close, so too does Kobe Bryant’s career. We offer up some further thoughts on the Black Mamba’s farewell tour, as his final game looms.
  • Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, and Yao Ming are heading to Springfield, but at least one former player doesn’t believe Yao is a deserving Hall of Famer.
  • Tim Duncan is now the third player to amass 1000 career wins in the regular season.
  • The Golden State Warriors need four straight wins to top 72-10. As comparisons continue, a recent article about Michael Jordan has one of us a tad riled up.
  • Episode #153 of the NLSC Podcast ends with this week’s Bold Predictions, featuring predictions that are lofty enough to truly justify the reverb effect.
April 8th, 2016
Episode #154 Andrew & Arcane
  • 2K have announced that Kobe Bryant will appear on the cover of a special Legend Edition of NBA 2K17. Have they also hinted at another possible cover player for this year?
  • We discuss a reel of NBA Live 16 player faces that a graphic designer posted on YouTube.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Arcane's MyPLAYER gets onto 2K TV in MyCAREER, while Andrew wonders what to play next.
  • Kobe Bryant has gone out in style, scoring 60 points in his final game. We reflect a little on the Black Mamba's legendary career.
  • The Golden State Warriors become the first team to win 73 games, beating the Chicago Bulls' twenty year old record. We congratulate them, but grumble a little about some vocal (and hypocritical) fanboys.
  • With the 2016 regular season in the books, we look ahead to the Playoffs and make our first round predictions.
  • Speaking of which, we end Episode #154 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions. After getting our picks right last week, can we both get a streak going as we head into the postseason?
April 15th, 2016
Episode #155 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We open Episode #155 with a look at some of the challenges that face PC basketball gaming. Of course, we'd still like to see NBA Live return to the PC, and a more modder-friendly NBA 2K.
  • For some reason, NBA 2K16 on Steam has been tagged as a "Psychological Horror" title. Go figure.
  • Is it currently too much of a grind to level up players in NBA Live and NBA 2K?
  • There hasn't been much in the way of gear, shoe, and accessory updates in LIVE Pro-Am. Do we expect the content updates to improve in NBA Live 17?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Ultimate Team, MyTEAM, MyCAREER, and one annoying crash.
  • Week 1 of the 2016 NBA Playoffs is in the books, and we have to admit, we're not as excited for the postseason as we'd like to be.
  • Tom Thibodeau has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as their new coach and president. Also, a fantastic old school photo of him has emerged.
  • The first NBA award winners for 2016 have been announced. No arguments so far.
  • We manage to mention the NBL, but only because it looks like Anthony Bennett is headed Down Under.
  • This week's Bold Predictions feature a very bold prediction indeed.
  • We wrap up Episode #155 with a chilling tale of deception. And by chilling, we actually mean kind of amusing.
April 22nd, 2016
Episode #156 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We'll be holding a big NBA Live giveaway soon, including copies of NBA Live 16 for PS4 and X1, and retro NBA Live games for PC. Stay tuned for more details, and check out our Facebook and Twitter for a teaser!
  • Rocket League's Hoops add-on has arrived. It's a bit tricky, but definitely fun.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Tips for getting into MyTEAM, new MyLEAGUE games, and NBA Jam for the PlayStation 2, and more.
  • With the 2016 NBA Playoffs underway, are we inclined to start any new seasons in NBA Live or NBA 2K?
  • Turning our attention to some other gaming news, the Nintendo NX has been announced for March 2017. We discuss whether we'll be inclined to get Nintendo's next console when it comes out.
  • We run down the past week of action in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, which has seen injuries to major players, and a couple of teams on the cusp of upsets.
  • In other news, the Los Angeles Lakers have permission to interview Luke Walton, and the Sacramento Kings have updated their logos for the first time since 1994.
  • We wrap up Episode #156 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions. Last week, we got two out of three. Can we go three for three this time around?
April 29th, 2016
Episode #157 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • Patch #6 has been released for NBA 2K16, addressing some gameplay exploits. Predictably, not everyone is happy, but we have no complaints about eliminating cheese.
  • Speaking of official patches, we discuss the unfortunate issue of title updates occasionally doing more harm than good in NBA Live and NBA 2K.
  • Is advertising and freemium-like content becoming a problem in basketball video games?
  • We touch on a recent article which offered some unorthodox suggestions for NBA Live 17.
  • Steam is making some changes to their review system, which we're generally in favour of.
  • In our Week in Basketball Gaming, we reflect on some recent games of 2K Pro-Am, and make a few comparisons to Live Pro-Am.
  • The 2016 NBA Playoffs roll on, and we're starting to get into them a little more. We recap the latest results, and note some recent updates on the health of Stephen Curry and Chris Bosh.
  • It's still a ways off, but we look ahead to a couple of potential offseason moves, as well as the first Basketball Without Borders camp that will be held in Australia.
  • The NBA appears to have clarified the restrictions that will be placed on jersey advertisments. Unfortunately, there will still be ads on jerseys in the future.
  • We react to the newly revealed Detroit Pistons logo, which continues the trend of paying homage to the past.
  • Episode #157 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with some LeBron James trivia, and this week's Bold Predictions.
May 6th, 2016
Episode #158 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • As the 2016 season draws nearer to its end, NBA Live 16's rosters are finally close to being 100% accurate. We quickly recap the May 5th update.
  • Speaking of rosters, NBA 2K16 will be receiving a special update in which Stephen Curry will be rated 99 overall.
  • The big news this week is the announcement that NBA Live 17 won't be out until 2017, while a new NBA Live Mobile game will be released later this year. We give our in-depth thoughts on the situation, and the future of *the NBA Live series.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming, we all team-up for some games of 2K Pro-Am, representing the NLSC in the Joel Anthony Arena. Also, we discuss some possible plans for Dynasty Mode and/or MyLEAGUE.
  • Moving from the virtual hardwood to the real NBA, we recap the latest action from the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and revisit a few of our previous predictions.
  • Stephen Curry has repeated as MVP, in a unanimous decision. Elsewhere, R.C. Buford has won his second Executive of the Year award. We also discuss some recent comments by Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.
  • We wrap up Episode #158 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Bold Predictions, and a noteworthy accomplishment by Udonis Haslem.
May 13th, 2016
Episode #159 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We tip things off with an update on the latest NBA Live 16 roster patches, and Patch #6 for the PC version of NBA 2K16.
  • With NBA Live 17 being delayed until early 2017, do we expect post-release support and content updates to be extended for NBA Live 16?
  • In response to one of the most creative topic suggestions we've received, we compare the Golden State Warriors in NBA Live 16/NBA 2K16 to the Chicago Bulls in NBA Live 96. Yes, really!
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes triumph and tragedy in 2K Pro-Am, Dynasty and MyLEAGUE plans, and some further reflections on the future of the NBA Live series.
  • Moving on to our NBA discussion, we ponder the futures of Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan.
  • The 2016 Conference Finals are upon us. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals hasn't made us fans of a certain Warriors player.
  • It's time for another NBA Fashion Critique, as the Philadelphia 76ers get a jersey sponsor for the 2018 season, and the Utah Jazz unveil their new branding.
  • We give a couple of thoughts on some recent coaching changes, including one that really seemed to come out of left field.
  • As is the norm, Episode #159 of the NLSC Podcast ends with another round of Bold Predictions.
May 20th, 2016
Episode #160 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • NBA Live 16 has been added to The Vault for EA Access members. Xbox One users will also be able to play NBA 2K16 for free this weekend.
  • Patch V6 has been released for the PC version of NBA 2K16, and not everyone is happy about it. We personally have no complaints.
  • A couple of tidbits about NBA 2K17 were revealed over the past week, specifically some of the talent who are mo-capping dunks for this year's game from Visual Concepts.
  • Do we think footplanting is too exaggerated in NBA 2K16? What are our thoughts on "body blocks/steals"?
  • Will NBA 2K17 expand upon the features in MyLEAGUE Online?
  • We discuss some features that have gone missing from basketball games over the years, and out of a list of three, we pick which one we'd like to see return.
  • Similarly, we're presented with a choice of three old basketball games to remake: NBA Fastbreak '98, NBA In the Zone 2, and ESPN NBA 2K5. Which would we each choose?
  • How do we choose a team for franchise modes when we want a change from controlling our favourite NBA team?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Dusting off an old favourite, reviewing a very old game, and more 2K Pro-Am action.
  • Moving on to the 2016 NBA Playoffs, we talk about the Conference Finals, and share a few thoughts on Draymond Green's controversial kick.
  • We wrap up Episode #160 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's round of Bold Predictions.
May 27th, 2016
Episode #161 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • Paul George has been officially revealed as the cover player for NBA 2K17. A good choice, but was he our pick? We also discuss the pre-order bonuses.
  • It seems that former NBA player Jamario Moon is providing motion capture for NBA Live 17, suggesting that a fully featured console release is definitely still in development.
  • Speaking of NBA Live 17, a recent report by GameInformer has revealed that all EA Sports titles will apparently be making the transition from the Ignite engine to the Frostbite engine. We discuss what this might mean *for the NBA Live series moving forward.
  • We remind PlayStation Plus subscribers to pick up the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K16 via June's Instant Game Collection, if they don't already own it, or would like to double-dip.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: 2K Pro-Am frustration, Stephen Curry in NBA Live 95, and more MyLEAGUE plans.
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we recap the end of the Golden State Warriors/Oklahoma City Thunder clash, and look ahead to the NBA Finals.
  • Do we think that Kevin Durant will be moving on from the Thunder, following their collapse and disappointing elimination in the Western Conference Finals?
  • We briefly touch on the fatal shooting of Bryce Dejean-Jones.
  • Episode #161 of the NLSC Podcast ends with this week's Bold Predictions.
June 3rd, 2016
Episode #162 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We tip off the show with another discussion on the lack of updates for NBA Live 16 through the end of the regular season and Playoffs, and what we'd like to see EA do during the offseason in the lead up to NBA Live 17.
  • 2K Sports are unveiling Team 2K, their talent lineup for NBA 2K17 which includes cover player Paul George. We speculate on the silhouettes in the teaser image.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming, we reflect on last week's 2K Pro-Am session, where we discovered that contrary to what Homer Simpson once said, there are actually sweeter and more satisfying things than winning by default.
  • Turning our attention to the 2016 NBA Finals, we reflect on the first two games, and make our predictions for the rest of the series. Sorry, Cleveland Cavaliers fans.
  • As it stands right now, who is the Finals MVP? What does it mean for Stephen Curry's legacy - and the Michael Jordan comparisons - if he doesn't have a big series?
  • With the season winding down, we tally our final scores for Bold Predictions. We're hoping to do better next year.
  • Episode #162 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a brand new segment: Trivia Time! Andrew is the quizmaster, as Arcane and Kenny square off in answering three trivia questions. This week, the questions cover NBA Live and NBA Jam.
June 9th, 2016
Episode #163 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • Following on from last week, we react to the rest of Team 2K being revealed. Do we think it will result in any additional in-game content?
  • If any new classic teams are added to NBA 2K17, what are some of the teams we'd like to see included?
  • Would we like to see the ability to select different courts - such as classic and alternate courts - in addition to selecting jerseys before gameplay?
  • In our Week in Basketball Gaming: the challenges of having a 5'7" power forward in 2K Pro-Am, a couple of enjoyable games, and our future plans.
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we recap and discuss the latest action from the NBA Finals, and make our predictions for the rest of the series.
  • We also discuss LeBron James' legacy. Are fans and sportswriters being too hard on The King, and selling his career short?
  • In a very cool decision, ESPN and TNT have come to an agreement which will allow Craig Sager to work the sidelines for Game 6 of the Finals.
  • Episode #163 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with the second instalment of our new segment, Trivia Time! Will Arcane and Kenny break their tie this week?
June 17th, 2016
Episode #164 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We tip off the show with some housekeeping matters, specifically our forthcoming server move, and our appeal to help us cover the hosting costs moving forward.
  • The season finale of NBA 2KTV revealed a few interesting tidbits about NBA 2K17, from changes to Locker Codes to the development of a face scanning app for mobile devices.
  • We recap some Tweets of interest from the official NBA Live Twitter regarding NBA Live 17, and the possibility of future roster updates for NBA Live 16.
  • There are rumours that NBA Live 17 will feature a story-driven career mode. We consider the possibility, and reflect once again on NBA 2K16's MyCAREER mode, now that we've all finished the first season.
  • What are the advantages of basketball gaming on the PC versus playing on consoles, and vice versa?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming featured several more games of 2K Pro-Am, a couple of which were really, really satisfying.
  • The 2016 NBA Finals are in the books, as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off the unlikely comeback. Once again, we discuss LeBron's legacy.
  • Ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft, we discuss a couple of big trades that have been announced. A eulogy for Derrick Rose's Chicago Bulls career is included.
  • We wrap up Episode #164 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's Trivia Time! Can you get the answers before Arcane and Kenny?
June 24th, 2016
Episode #165 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • It took a little longer than we had hoped, with more interruptions than we anticipated, but we've moved to our new home. We're looking forward to bigger and better things!
  • There wasn't a lot of gaming news to catch up on this week, but we put out another reminder that there are a couple of days left to pick up NBA 2K16 for PS4 through PlayStation Plus.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: our latest 2K Pro-Am experiences, including a shameful confession. Also, a spooky tale (or not) about NBA Live 97 Super Nintendo cartridges that seem to have a mind of their own.
  • We offer up a few thoughts on the 2016 NBA Draft, which saw Ben Simmons taken first overall, and a great pun related to the Chicago Bulls' recent moves.
  • It's been a crazy start to the offseason, with notable names changing teams and a lot of money being thrown around. We react to the latest free agency talk, from Mike Conley's historic deal to further speculation on Kevin Durant's future.
  • Episode #165 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a new edition of Trivia Time!
July 3rd, 2016
Episode #166 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • The server move is complete and a few lingering problems have been addressed, so it should be business as usual from here on out!
  • NBA Live Mobile has been released worldwide for Android and iOS devices. We offer up some initial impressions of the game, and touch again on the future of NBA Live on consoles.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Another win for NLSC Greatness, grinding towards 99 Overall, and paying towards 88 Overall.
  • Kevin Durant has shocked the basketball world by joining the Golden State Warriors. What does this mean for next season, and his legacy?
  • We give our thoughts on the other major offseason moves from the past week, including Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo to the Chicago Bulls.
  • Episode #166 of the NLSC Podcast ends with our new favourite game, Trivia Time! Can you answer questions about some old school basketball games before Arcane and Kenny?
July 8th, 2016
Episode #167 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • A new NBA Live 16 roster has been pushed through, featuring pre-Draft transactions such as Derrick Rose to New York. Unfortunately, it seems that no further offseason updates are planned at this time.
  • Development of NBA Live 17 is still underway, as EA reps have been posting photos of rookie face scans that are being conducted during Summer League play.
  • Our latest 2K Pro-Am sessions have yielded more fun and frustration, including an impressive win with a very undersized centre, and a somewhat angry dunk. A couple more community members have also recently joined in the fun.
  • The NBA has announced further changes to the Hack-a-Shaq rules. A lot of fans are criticising the decision, but we've got a very different take on the matter.
  • Tim Duncan announced his retirement with little fanfare, walking away from the NBA in the most Tim Duncan way possible. We reflect on the career of the player most now consider to be the greatest power forward of all-time.
  • Episode #167 of the NLSC Podcast ends with our new favourite game, Trivia Time! Play along at home and answer this week's questions about NBA Live, NBA 2K, and NBA Jam.
July 15th, 2016
Episode #168 Andrew & Arcane
  • After a Monday Tip-Off column lamenting the lack of a preview season, we received a developer blog on the improvements to MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K17. We recap all the details, and offer up our thoughts.
  • An interesting rumour is making the rounds regarding BDotADot possibly providing some motion capture for NBA Live 17. Could we see a lot more signature animations, when the game drops in early 2017?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: A recap of last week's 2K Pro-Am games featuring NLSC Greatness, recent activities in MyCAREER, and a bargain on a LeBron James card in MyTEAM.
  • We wrap up Episode #168 of the NLSC Podcast with a long-term Bold Prediction by Kenny that turned out to be correct. Unfortunately, he isn't around to gloat about it.
July 21st, 2016
Episode #169 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • As he was out of town for last week's episode, Kenny gives his thoughts on league expansion coming to MyLEAGUE and MyGM in NBA 2K17.
  • National teams have been confirmed for NBA 2K17, with Team USA and the Australian Boomers being the first squads to be revealed.
  • The final two pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 have been confirmed, with one of them being the 1992 Dream Team (Charles Barkley included!). We discuss whether or not it's a fair move to make content like that pre-order exclusive.
  • We also note that Danilo Gallinari will appear on the Italian cover of NBA 2K17, and give our thoughts on the first official screenshot featuring (most of) Team USA 2016.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a rough start for the new NLSC 2K Pro-Am Team - Snoop's Sliders - and further impressions of NBA Live Mobile.
  • Moving on to some NBA topics, we discuss the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All-Star Weekend from Charlotte, due to the ongoing issues with the HB2 bill.
  • NBA Legend Nate Thurmond passed away last week. He was before our time, but we still have a few things to say in tribute to the first NBA player to ever register a quadruple-double.
  • If you want to pick up a Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder jersey, there are some excellent bargains going right now that won't even set you back a dollar.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire has called it a career, so we reminisce about some of STAT's highlights.
  • We wrap up Episode #169 of the NLSC Podcast with the return of Trivia Time!
July 29th, 2016
Episode #170 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • Two new NBA 2K17 screenshots have officially been released, featuring Team USA 2016 and the pre-order exclusive 1992 Dream Team. The screenshots are drawing some mixed reactions to say the least, so we chime in with our own critique.
  • Once again, we lament the lack of news about NBA 2K17, which isn't helping us get hyped for this year's game from Visual Concepts. Who is directing the MyCAREER story this year? We need to know!
  • For anyone who is still speculating on whether EA is planning on dropping the console version of NBA Live in favour of the mobile platform, their latest investor release mentions a console release for Live in Q1 2017.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Bratty behaviour in 2K Pro-Am, and no, not by us. We're left asking ourselves, is the mode sim enough for our tastes? Also, can't we all just get along?
  • The basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games will be tipping off soon. Team USA seems like a safe bet for the gold (what a bold prediction!), but what about our team, the Australian Boomers?
  • We wrap up Episode #170 of the NLSC Podcast with this week's edition of Trivia Time!
August 5th, 2016
Episode #171 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • The first official teaser trailer for NBA 2K17 has been released. We react to the trailer, and some of us struggle to correctly articulate the name of the US national anthem.
  • On the subject of teasers and news, we also discuss the problem with gaming sites and YouTubers who engage in clickbait, tricking their fellow basketball gamers with fake news and completely unrelated content.
  • Will an increase in video game prices and the rise of microtransactions result in longer development cycles for sports games?
  • What are some of our favourite moments in Dynasty Mode/franchise modes over the years? Which was the best edition of the mode?
  • In our Week in Basketball Gaming: Possible burnout on 2K Pro-Am, and perspective on some of the improvements to shooting mechanics in recent years.
  • The Orlando Magic have unveiled what is perhaps our new least favourite alternate jersey. Bring on the Nike contract!
  • Australia had a fine performance against the USA in the preliminary round of the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament. We're still picking the USA to win the gold, but are we more optimistic about the Boomers' chances of winning a medal?
  • We wrap up Episode #171 of the NLSC Podcast with another edition of Trivia Time!
August 12th, 2016
Episode #172 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • 2K has been releasing NBA 2K17 screenshots all week, which has given us all something to analyse. What do we make of the screens that have been released so far?
  • What we really want to see, however, is gameplay, and deep dive developer blogs. Once again, we discuss how quiet this preview season has been.
  • On a brighter note, NBA 2K17 will be appearing at Gamescom, which should at least mean more to talk about next week...and shaky, over-the-shoulder footage.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: We have what is easily our worst and least enjoyable session of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16, but we're not ready to give up...yet. Also, more on Arcane's MyCAREER.
  • LeBron James will remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the largest per-year contract in NBA history. He's also taken some shots at Michael Jordan.
  • The basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympics in Rio continues to be an exciting one, as the Australian Boomers are in the thick of the medal hunt.
  • We play another round of Trivia Time! This week's segment highlights the importance of doing the proper research when devising questions.
  • Episode #172 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a cool story about Michael Jordan and a passionate fan.
August 19th, 2016
Episode #173 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • After a very quiet preview season, the floodgates have seemingly opened on NBA 2K17 news. We begin with a few thoughts on the "Friction" trailer.
  • Hands-on impressions from various media outlets have given us some information about a few of the key changes to gameplay this year. We break down some of the key points, and give our opinions.
  • Does this year's Achievement list tell us anything about NBA 2K17, specifically the direction of MyCAREER?
  • Player ratings are starting to be revealed, and Karl-Anthony Towns' 88 Overall in particular has caught our eye.
  • Speaking of Towns, he's been revealed as the cover player for the MyNBA2K17 app. As hinted at a few months ago, the app will include face scanning capabilities, but unfortunately the PC version has been left out.
  • We reflect on an incident involving basketball gamers and NBA 2K's community managers on Twitter last week, which rubbed quite a few people the wrong way.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a couple of very exciting sessions of 2K Pro-Am, featuring some clutch performances.
  • Following their best ever run, the Australian Boomers fell to Spain in the bronze medal game at the 2016 Olympic Games. We're certainly proud, but also a little disappointed, not to mention miffed with the officiating.
  • We wrap up Episode #173 of the NLSC Podcast with another edition of Trivia Time!
August 26th, 2016
Episode #174 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We tip things off with a discussion about The Prelude, the downloadable experience for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17 that will preview MyCAREER.
  • A recent 2K media day has given us quite a bit of information about NBA 2K17, and a lot of it is very good news. A lot of positive impressions are also coming out of the recent community event.
  • At last, we have our first deep-dive developer blog, courtesy of Gameplay Director Mike Wang! The man they call Beluba has given us some very promising information about this year's game.
  • How optimistic and hyped are we for NBA 2K17, just a couple of weeks away from the Early Tip-Off Weekend?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a goal is achieved by the NLSC squad in 2K Pro-Am. Also, some unfinished business is finally completed in NBA 2K12.
  • We wrap up another episode with our new favourite game, Trivia Time! The score is close, and we have a fresh new batch of questions for at least the next six weeks.
September 2nd, 2016
Episode #175 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We now know a lot more about what to expect from MyCAREER in NBA 2K17, by way of a developer blog and a trailer. What do we think of this year's approach?
  • The MyNBA2K17 app is out now, but as of recording, it isn't much use yet.
  • A couple of new tidbits about MyLEAGUE and MyCAREER have given us some ideas for league expansion. We're also really glad that there'll be no four point line.
  • The Arena Authenticity trailer spotlighted some cool presentation elements, but are we particularly hyped about them?
  • We discuss what certainly appears to be a hoax about a PC version of NBA Live 17, and recap what we know so far about the next game from EA Sports.
  • In another social media gaffe, Ronnie 2K continues to alienate basketball gamers who dare to express legitimate complaints about NBA 2K.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming includes some of our final sessions of 2K Pro-Am - though there might be a couple more - and a return to NBA 2K11 for the Jordan Challenge. Also, a bit of talk about NBA Live 16 (yes, it's been a while).
  • We wrap up Episode #175 of the NLSC Podcast with another game of Trivia Time!
September 9th, 2016
Episode #176 Andrew & Arcane
  • NBA 2K17 is almost here! A new Momentous Trailer marks the occasion; did it hype us up?
  • We give our thoughts on The Prelude, from the glimpse at the story to our hands-on impressions of how the game feels on the sticks.
  • Face scanning has had mixed results so far, but at least one of us is happy not to be dealing with the PlayStation Camera anymore. There's also been some good news, as the MyNBA2K17 app will support face scanning for the PC version.
  • NBA 2K17 will feature an expanded roster of broadcasters, and dynamic commentary. We certainly like the sound of that.
  • Although it's put an end to an idea we had for a game of MyLEAGUE Online, the developer blog for MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and the aforementioned MLO has delivered some otherwise fantastic news.
  • MyTEAM has received some solid improvements in NBA 2K17, but we're still a bit sceptical about how good the pack odds will be. How honest is that trailer?
  • NBA 2K17 has taken a shot at NBA Live (or more specifically, NBA Elite 11) which frankly, we find to be a little petty. We discuss the potshot, and things get a little profane in the process.
  • We wrap up Episode #176 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming. This week, it's the swansong for the NLSC 2K Pro-Am team in NBA 2K16, some unfinished business in NBA 2K11, and more tales from MyCAREER.
September 16th, 2016
Episode #177 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • Before we get into our initial impressions of NBA 2K17, we note that our community is already hard at work figuring out how to mod the game. In fact, some of the first mods have already been released!
  • We tip off our NBA 2K17 impressions with our take on gameplay, including our opinions on the new shooting mechanics, the responsiveness of the controls, and more.
  • After "Livin' Da Dream" left us feeling underwhelmed last year, we're actually not too down on the story in this year's MyCAREER. There are a few other things we're liking about this year's mode, too.
  • Unfortunately, 2K Pro-Am has been somewhat of a frustrating experience so far. We comment on the new features we like, the removal of customisation out of the gate (which we don't), and some annoying moments with the mode's gameplay.
  • On a more positive note, we have a lot of good things to say about MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE Online. We're all looking forward to getting into some more franchise gaming in NBA 2K17.
  • We wrap up Episode #177 of the NLSC Podcast with a few final first impressions of NBA 2K17, with the disclaimer that we'll be playing this game for a while, and some of our opinions may be subject to change the more we play.
September 23rd, 2016
Episode #178 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We tip things off with another quick update on some recent advancements in NBA 2K17 modding. Our community has continued to make some exciting discoveries over the past week.
  • Our plans to pick up where we left off with the NLSC 2K Pro-Am team have hit a snag, as the mode has not been kind to us. In fact, following patch 1.03, it's close to unplayable. We share a few of our complaints.
  • Once again, we touch on the fact that Virtual Currency rewards have been severely nerfed in this year's game, and wonder if the new patch has reduced them even further.
  • While we have our complaints this week, it's not all bad news. We still have a very high opinion of offline/single player gameplay in NBA 2K17, and have some positive experiences to share.
  • Wrapping up Our Week in Basketball Gaming, a few thoughts on finishing the Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K11, ahead of next week's Wayback Wednesday feature.
  • After 21 NBA seasons, Kevin Garnett is hanging up his sneakers. We reflect on the career of The Big Ticket, the last remaining NBA player from the 16-bit era.
  • From the sounds of things, Chris Bosh's career might also be over. However, given the health scares he's endured the past couple of seasons, it may be for the best.
September 30th, 2016
Episode #179 Andrew & Arcane
  • Patch 1.03 has now been released for the PC and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17. Further tweaks are also forthcoming.
  • Our modding community continues to do some fantastic work, as 3D editing has come to this year's game.
  • It's been brought to our attention that in order to upgrade your MyPLAYER beyond 95 Overall, you need to level up your reputation in MyPARK. We're not too thrilled to hear that.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: 2K Pro-Am has actually been fun! Also, some of our recent achievements in MyCAREER.
  • Bad news for first overall pick Ben Simmons, as he'll be out for some time after fracturing his foot before his rookie season has even begun.
  • We wrap up Episode #179 of the NLSC Podcast with a nice story about David Blatt.
October 6th, 2016
Episode #180 Andrew & Arcane
  • Patch 1.04 has come through for the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of NBA 2K17. We break down the update, noting the difference in the size of the patches between platforms, and provide some impressions.
  • We spotlight some recent NBA 2K17 modding projects, including one that's been receiving some mainstream gaming press. As always, our community is doing some outstanding work!
  • Estimates of the Week 1 sales of NBA 2K17 are lower than the figures for NBA 2K16. Is it just regression to the mean, or is the compressed preview season to blame?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Arcane's game gets fixed, the NLSC enjoys an epic double overtime victory in 2K Pro-Am, and NBA 2K14 PC doesn't compare favourably to NBA 2K17.
  • We wrap up Episode #180 of the NLSC Podcast with the latest development in the Chris Bosh saga. Are the Miami Heat shooting themselves in the foot with the way they're handling the situation?
October 14th, 2016
Episode #181 Andrew & Arcane
  • A European eSports tournament for NBA 2K17 is tipping off next weekend. We're not eligible ourselves, and we're also more casual in our approach to online gaming besides, but it's cool to see nevertheless.
  • The Nintendo Switch (codenamed Nintendo NX) has been revealed, and it seems it will have much stronger third party support, including a port of NBA 2K17. Will we be picking it up?
  • As our NBA 2K17 modding community continues to do some great work, we also want to recognise the efforts several users have been making in keeping older games up to date. We quickly round up some of the recent releases for older NBA Live and NBA 2K titles.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a couple of really fun sessions of 2K Pro-Am with more clutch wins, and a lengthy winning streak in MyCAREER.
  • Some interesting rumours are making the rounds about LaMarcus Aldridge possibly being traded by the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Elton Brand has reportedly changed his mind about playing one more season, and will be calling it a career. One of us wishes he could've spent more time in Chicago.
  • We wrap up Episode #181 of the NLSC Podcast with some quick thoughts on the epic finale of the 2016 WNBA Finals between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx.
October 22nd, 2016
Episode #182 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • It appears as though advertising is starting to appear after the third quarter in NBA 2K17. We discuss the controversial practice of in-game advertising in AAA titles.
  • Once again, we touch on the problems with an "always online" approach to modes such as MyCAREER, after a recent PSN outage made it impossible to play.
  • With some of the dissatisfaction gamers have with NBA 2K17 and the way 2K has handled things with VC and so forth, has the door been left open for NBA Live 17?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: more clutch wins for the NLSC 2K Pro-Am squad, a blossoming rivalry, a trip to MyPARK, and the Walk-On experience.
  • The 2017 NBA season has tipped off! We talk about the first couple of days which saw a triple-double from LeBron James, a huge win for the San Antonio Spurs, big numbers from Anthony Davis, and the official debut of Joel Embiid.
October 28th, 2016
Episode #183 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We tip off Episode #183 of the NLSC Podcast with some community announcements, including additions to the Contributors group in the Forum, and new content in the Wiki.
  • NBA 2K17 hasn't received a roster update since mid-October, owing to a problem caused by the most recent patch. An upcoming title update is expected to fix that issue, as well as problems with disconnections in 2K Pro-Am, but what about the timeout glitch?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: the best three game stretch of 2K Pro-Am that any of us are likely to have, a quick session of LIVE Pro-Am, and the latest results from our respective MyCAREER games.
  • We wrap things up with some NBA talk, including Ray Allen's retirement, hot starts for Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, and the highly anticipated Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game.
November 4th, 2016
Episode #184 Andrew & Arcane
  • We've started the ball rolling on our NBA 2K18 Wishlist, and encourage everyone to get involved in posting some constructive feedback for the development team.
  • Off the top of our heads, what are some of the main issues we'd like to see addressed in NBA 2K18?
  • Patch 1.05 has been released for NBA 2K17, addressing several bugs and tuning a few elements of the game. Some fixes are working better than others, but at least the timeout glitch is gone from 2K Pro-Am.
  • New rosters are also coming through for NBA 2K17 again, and a recent update has added Steve Nash back to the 2003 Mavericks and 2005 Suns.
  • What do we make of the radio silence from EA Sports regarding NBA Live 17? What do we think is going to happen with the game, and what are our expectations?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: tough times and bratty kids in 2K Pro-Am, and a milestone achievement in MyCAREER.
  • We wrap up Episode #184 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA talk, including Stephen Curry's record-breaking thirteen three-pointers in a game, and Dwyane Wade's first game against the Heat.
November 12th, 2016
Episode #185 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • We tip off Episode #185 of the NLSC Podcast with a round-up of the latest releases from our talented NBA 2K17 modding community. Some excellent retro mods have been created so far!
  • It seems that Patch 1.06 for NBA 2K17 is in the pipeline. What do we expect it to fix? What do we want it to fix?
  • Dime Magazine recently posted a countdown of the ten funniest glitches in NBA 2K. Which ones have we experienced ourselves?
  • There's been a lot of dissatisfaction with 2K Sports recently, as several YouTubers have been banned for unclear Terms of Service violations. We discuss 2K's handling of the situation.
  • What are some of our favourite jerseys that aren't available in NBA 2K17?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a reminder that career modes have come a long way since NBA 2K10, and the most recent 2K Pro-Am games for the NLSC THRILLHO squad.
  • We wrap things up with a couple of NBA topics, namely Tim Duncan's impending jersey retirement, and a record for Aussie NBA players.
November 18th, 2016
Episode #186 Andrew & Arcane
  • 2K is presenting the "Park After Dark" event in MyPARK this weekend, with Snoop Dogg making an in-game appearance as DJ Snoopadelic. It's not really our thing, but it does sound kind of fun for MyPARK players.
  • NBA 2KVR has been announced. Might some of the technology be adapted for use in the main game in future years?
  • NBA 2K17 has received Patch 1.06. Although some issues have been resolved, unfortunately it seems that some new bugs have also arisen, and not everyone is happy with the tweaked gameplay.
  • We're starting to hear promising bits and pieces about NBA Live 17 from developers on social media. Senior Producer Mike Mahar also had a few things to say about the game in a recent chat to FOX 13 News in Tampa Bay.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: An enjoyably successful run in 2K Pro-Am, two more quadruple-doubles in MyCAREER, and a surprising lack of loyalty.
  • We wrap up Episode #186 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA chatter, including the Detroit Pistons' impending move to a new arena, Zach LaVine's incredible 360 dunk from the foul line, and Kevin Love's big first quarter against the Blazers.
November 26th, 2016
Episode #187 Andrew, Arcane & Kenny
  • Park After Dark wasn't quite as successful as 2K Sports and MyPARK enthusiasts were hoping it would be, with many prominent YouTubers harshly criticising it. We react to the fallout, and offer up a couple of thoughts on the event.
  • There's been some discontent in our community regarding the recent patches for NBA 2K17. Are the patches messing up the game more than they're fixing and improving it?
  • Do NBA Live's social media accounts offer any indication as to what's happening with NBA Live 17? What will happen with NBA Live Mobile as we get closer to the game's console comeback?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Struggles for NLSC THRILLO, success in MyCAREER, and the best trade in the history of franchise modes in MyLEAGUE.
  • We wrap up Episode #187 of the NLSC Podcast with some good news about Isaiah Austin.
December 2nd, 2016
Episode #188 Andrew & Arcane
  • In response to a question on Twitter, EA Sports has reiterated that NBA Live 17 will be released in the first quarter of 2017, and that more news will be released closer to the game coming out.
  • Patch 1.07 has come through for NBA 2K17, and seems to primarily be an update for the upcoming eSports tournaments. Still, we wonder why it took 24 hours to post three whole patch notes.
  • We react to some drama in the NBA 2K YouTube community, and compare it to some of the issues we've seen in our modding community over the years.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Some more enjoyable wins for NLSC THRILLHO in 2K Pro-Am, an epic quadruple-double in MyCAREER, and chasing records.
  • We wrap up Episode #188 of the NLSC Podcast with some NBA discussion, including Klay Thompson's incredible 60 points in 29 minutes, and Dwyane Wade's performance with the Chicago Bulls so far.
December 10th, 2016
Episode #189 Andrew & Arcane
  • Patch 1.07 is out now for the PC and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K17. Once again, we can't help but remark on the difference in size between the three patches, despite them all containing the same content and fixes.
  • The next eSports tournament for NBA 2K17 has officially been announced, with another $250,000 up for grabs. We're not able to take part, but that might actually be for the best.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a clutch victory with unexpected heroics in 2K Pro-Am, and dusting off a couple of classics.
  • The NBA and Players Union have come to terms on a new agreement, thankfully avoiding a lockout at the end of the season (or so it would seem).
  • We wrap up Episode #189 of the NLSC Podcast with a discussion of the late Craig Sager, and some of the beautiful tributes from players, coaches, and broadcasters in the wake of his passing.
December 17th, 2016
Episode #190 Andrew & Arcane
  • We tip things off by talking about our Basketball Game of the Year. Or, in other words, which game we've enjoyed the most out of the three that we've been playing regularly at some point over the past twelve months.
  • There's been some interesting and surprising news and events in 2016, both in basketball gaming and the real NBA. We recap some of the major stories, including NBA Live 17's delay, the mixture of controversy and exciting details during the NBA 2K17 preview season, the Cleveland Cavaliers' championship, the retirement of several big names, and more.
  • Back in June, we had a stressful time here at the NLSC when it looked like we might have to scale back or even shut down operations after our former host informed us that they were closing up shop. Fortunately, we found a new home and expect to be around for a while yet. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the hosting fund, or continues to support the site in other ways!
  • As 2016 draws to a close, we look ahead to 2017. What do we want to achieve next year? What are some of the things that we have planned? We have a few ideas, and hope that you'll stick around for the ride!
December 22nd, 2016