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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, basketball gamers! I’m glad to have you back at the NLSC as we tip off 2018, and gear up for another year of hitting the virtual hardwood. In that spirit, a new Monday Tip-Off article will be out shortly, but before that, I wanted to lay out some of our plans for a new year of basketball gaming.

I’m actually currently out of town, but as soon as I’m back, I’ll start catching up on any files that have been added to our Downloads section. It’s my hope that our modding community will continue to make good use of our hosting facilities, so that we may avoid losing mods that have been uploaded to hosts that routinely delete files after a period of inactivity. In any event, I’m sure that we’ll see many great releases this year.

On a personal note, I’d like to be a bit more active in the modding community this year, if possible. I had grand plans to do that last year, but unfortunately, things kept getting in the way. I do have a list of ideas for mods that I’d love to make if I can find the time, and with a couple of them already out there as beta/demo releases, I’m eager to give that a try. I can’t make any promises, but it’s certainly my intention to try to release some work here and there.

If nothing else, I’ll continue creating original content in the form of my weekly features. In addition to Monday Tip-Off, I’ll continue to post Wayback Wednesday and The Friday Five features every week. The NLSC Podcast will be back on the air – hopefully as soon as this Sunday – and we’ll do our best not to miss weeks as we unfortunately ended up doing last year. I’m eager to get some more video content out there on a regular basis, possibly in the form of a revamped Tuesday Triple. We may also be looking to finally add a few new content creators to the NLSC Team, so stay tuned for more details.

As always, I encourage everyone to make good use of our Forum, as I’d love to see lots of great discussion taking place throughout the new year. Our Wiki could always use a few extra helping hands as well, so if you have the knowledge, the time, and the enthusiasm, please feel free to pitch in and help keep our resources up to date.

Since it’s a new year, I will mention our Patreon and GoFundMe campaign once again. As I’ve said before, I don’t want to push them too aggressively or more than a few times a year, but if you are able to help out with our hosting fund in any way, we’re grateful for any and all contributions. A big thanks to everyone who has already dug deep and lent a hand in that regard. I hope we’ll continue to justify your generosity with our content and facilities.

With all that being said, let’s get Year 22 here at the NLSC underway! Thanks for being a part of our community!

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New Year’s Eve 2017

New Year's Eve Fireworks

And so, 2017 is all but in the books. I know I reflected on the year that was in my most recent Friday Five article, but I’ve generally made it a tradition to post a few final thoughts on New Year’s Eve. With that in mind, here goes!

It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to run the NLSC for another year, its 21st in operation. It’s been great to see all the talented modders sharing their work with the community, and I’ve enjoyed releasing my own work here and there when I’ve found the time. As I mentioned in my Year in Review in the Friday Five, I’ve enjoyed creating original content throughout 2017, and in particular, covering some topics that have been on my To Do list for some time.

Something that I forgot to mention in last year’s New Year’s Eve message is that we’ve managed to post a daily update of some kind every day without fail since December 31st, 2006. Our archives currently don’t go back that far as we changed to a new content management system in 2011, but I promise you, the streak is indeed intact. One of my goals with the NLSC is to bring basketball gamers something new every day, be it a round-up of the latest additions to our Downloads section, news from the preview season, one of our regular features, or other information of interest to basketball gamers. I’m proud of the fact we’ve been able to do that for over ten years running.

This was our first full year with our current host, and I would have to say that for the most part, it’s been smooth sailing. Thanks to a combination of donations, our Patreon supporters, and advertising revenue, we’ve been able to cover the monthly hosting costs, and expect to be around for a while yet. As such, I’m hoping to do more fun things as we enter our 22nd year covering basketball video games.

Thank you for your support throughout 2017, I hope to see you all back with us in 2018. Until then, as is the tradition around these parts, I’ll leave you with Lutz’s words of wisdom for the occasion: Remember the safest order of things on New Year’s Eve: 1. Fireworks, 2. Drink, and not vice versa!

See you in 2018!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up 2017 with one last batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. The latest releases include new referee uniforms, some player faces, and an updated version of the Ynares Sports Arena. Check them all out at the links below.

Pep
NBA Nike Referee Uniform

Blang
3 Players Christmas Update

ALDUB_livmore
2017 Ynares Sports Arena Court (Updated to v2.0)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K18 PC include an update for the Memphis Grizzlies’ FedEx Forum, and new versions of an ESPN scoreboard and face update for Kawhi Leonard. Download all of the latest releases at the links below.

Manni Live
Memphis Grizzlies FedEx Forum

dirtydraw & bongo88
ESPN Scoreboard (Updated to v2.3)

RKJ
Kawhi Leonard Face (Updated to v2.0)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 2017 Year in Review

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown. This week’s Five is a recap of the year 2017 here at the NLSC, and a look ahead to 2018.

It’s the final Friday of 2017, which means we’ve also reached the final Friday Five of the year. As we’ve mused several times on the NLSC Podcast, the year seems to have just flown by, and it seems like only yesterday that I was writing the Year in Review for 2016, as well as our traditional New Year’s greetings. Either we’re all getting older, or we’ve just had a lot of fun over the past twelve months. Nevertheless, I’m going to assume that my calendar is correct, which means it’s time to look back at the year that was here at the NLSC.

2017 was another eventful year across the board, especially as we had three new games to play. Those releases had their highs and lows, with a little bit of controversy and a couple of surprising additions along the way. In our community, we saw a lot of great mods released for games new and old, and some interesting discussions take place in the NLSC Forum. We maintained our regular schedule of original content throughout the year – for the most part – and managed to cover some topics that have been on the To Do list for some time. We’re looking forward to our 22nd year in operation in 2018, but before that, let’s take a look back at what happened in 2017.

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City Edition Uniforms Added to NBA Live 18

LeBron James wearing The Land jersey in NBA Live 18

As you may have seen by now, the City edition NBA uniforms have been officially revealed. With the unveiling of the fourth set of new NBA team jerseys by Nike, the uniforms are now available to be worn in NBA Live 18. As long as your game is up to date, you’ll find the new City uniforms on the jersey selection screen.

With the Association and Icon uniforms replacing the traditional home and away jerseys, and the new Statement uniforms serving the same purpose as the old alternate jerseys, the City uniforms are basically a second alternate jersey with a design that is inspired by some aspect of a team’s local area. This has led to some creative and unusual designs, as you can see from the Utah Jazz’s City jersey in particular.

At launch, NBA Live 18 only featured the Association and Icon uniforms for all 30 teams. Previous updates added the Statement uniforms when they were officially unveiled, as well as the retro jerseys that eight teams will be wearing in selected games this season. Now that we have our first proper look at the City uniforms, it’s great to see that they’ve been added to NBA Live 18 so quickly.

See below for screenshots of all the City edition uniforms in NBA Live 18. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, as well as take the discussion to the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

We have a new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today, specifically a Nike LeBron 15 shoe mod. This was actually uploaded about a month ago, but in waiting to see if a few more NBA 2K13 mods would be added or updated before posting a bulletin, I ended up overlooking it. Nevertheless, if you missed it while browsing the Downloads section, be sure to check it out at the link below!

Alphajustice
Nike LeBron 15

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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Wayback Wednesday: The Life in NBA 08

NBA 08 Featuring The Life

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at The Life in NBA 08.

Sony’s NBA series was one of the last major competitors to the two big brands in sim-oriented basketball games, NBA Live and NBA 2K. The games are part of a lineage that includes the NBA ShootOut series, known as Total NBA in PAL regions. Being developed by divisions of Sony Computer Entertainment, the games were naturally exclusive to the PlayStation consoles, with the exception of NBA ShootOut 2000 which saw the series’ lone PC release. Generally speaking, the games did receive some positive reviews, but over the years they were unable to best NBA Live or NBA 2K in terms of sales or overall quality.

Nevertheless, the NBA series did boast some innovative features, some of which have since been adopted by NBA Live and NBA 2K in some form. A prime example is the mode known as The Life, a narrative-driven experience that predates the use of stories in MyCAREER by several years. The mode and the story changed from year to year, but in this article I’m primarily focusing on the PlayStation 2 version of NBA 08, as it’s the game I have in my collection. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

For those who may have missed the announcement, the NBA 2K16 servers are being shut down as of December 31st, 2017. As such, it would be a good idea to download any custom rosters and Draft Class files as soon as possible. To that end, TGsoGood has already downloaded some popular files for the PC version of the game and uploaded them to our Downloads section. Check them out at the links below!

TGsoGood (Reuploaded)
2002 NBA Draft (by Campcut)
2003 NBA Draft (by Campcut)
2004 NBA Draft (by yz15[ISR])
2005 NBA Draft (by Su9armummy)
2006 NBA Draft (by 651343582)
1995 NBA Draft (by 651343582)
NBA 2010 Season Roster (by Jubba910)
NBA 2015 Season Roster (unfinished by Gordon)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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Monday Tip-Off: MyCAREER vs Reality; Bulls vs Celtics

Bulls vs Celtics in MyCAREER (NBA 2K18)

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with a comparison of the Chicago Bulls’ recent game against the Boston Celtics to its virtual equivalent in my NBA 2K18 MyCAREER.

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings, basketball gamers! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season with friends and family, and are looking forward to a day packed with NBA action. For those of you who are playing MyCAREER, 2K Pro-Am, or The Playground in NBA 2K18, be sure to take advantage of the double experience points on offer! If you’ve made a decent amount of progress on the Road to 99 and currently find yourself inching very slowly towards the next cap breaker, it may be a good opportunity to make some further headway. That’s assuming, of course, that you can fit it in with the rest of your holiday plans.

I’ve been playing a bit of MyCAREER myself as of late. I’m not enjoying it as much as I did last year, but it’s had its moments, and it’s the best way to grind for the Badges that are essential to succeed in 2K Pro-Am. After hearing from 2K Support that there’s nothing that can be done about my dunking problem, I’m also toying with the idea of grinding up a second MyPLAYER. For now though, I’m sticking with my original MyPLAYER, especially as the real season has caught up to my game. That gave me a fun opportunity to play the Bulls’ latest game against the Celtics, the same day that I watched the real contest on TV. Here’s how they compare.

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NBA 2K18 Patch 1.08 Released; New Historical Players Added

Kevin Martin on the All-Time Kings in NBA 2K18

On the heels of Patch 1.07’s release, Patch 1.08 has been pushed through for NBA 2K18. There aren’t any patch notes as yet, but it can be assumed that the update is a hotfix for a couple of issues caused by 1.07. The update is currently only available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and should come through automatically as long as your console is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any issues, try restarting. As of this post, the PC and Switch are still awaiting Patches 1.07 and 1.08.

UPDATE: The latest patch is now available for the PC version as well.

In other news, the latest roster update has added a few new players to the historical teams. Rashard Lewis joins the All-Time Thunder (owing to his tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics), as well as the All-Time Magic. Kevin Martin is now available on the All-Time Kings, while Donyell Marshall has been added to the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers. Further details on the ratings changes in the latest roster can be found here over on Operation Sports, courtesy of Mike Stauffer.

I’ll be sure to post a bulletin if any further information on Patch 1.08 is released, as well as any updates on the PC patches. In the meantime, you can check out an update history for NBA 2K18 here in our Wiki. Feel free to add your thoughts on the latest update in the comments below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

The latest mods for NBA 2K18 PC include faces, jerseys, a new global, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Ronin2K
Jae Crowder Face
Eric Gordon Face
Lance Stephenson Face

Manni Live
Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center

Shuajota
New York Knicks Fantasy Christmas Jersey
Cleveland Cavaliers Fantasy Christmas Jersey
Ricky Rubio Face & Tattoos
Josh Richardson Face (New Haircurt)

RKJ
Kobe Bryant Face
Bald Karl Malone Face
Jose Calderon Face
Kawhi Leonard Face
Michael Beasley Face
Marcus Morris Face
Josh Richardson Face
Nikola Vucevic Face
Aaron Gordon Face
Russell Westbrook Face
Muscle and Sweat Global

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 5 Best Modes in Basketball Games

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown. This week’s Five is a list of what I would consider to be the best modes we’ve seen in basketball games so far.

With the holiday season upon us and Christmas just a few days away, I’m in good spirits, and I hope that you all are, too. Generally speaking, I like to mix up the topics and tone of The Friday Five, alternating between celebration, critique, interesting trivia, and thoughtful discussion of basketball video games. With this being the season of goodwill, I’m definitely in the mood to talk about something more positive in regards to basketball gaming. After all, I’m sure that many of us will be hitting the virtual hardwood whenever we can over the next few weeks, sinking hours into our favourite game modes.

As such, this week I’m offering up my picks for the best modes in basketball gaming to date. Not to harp too much on something I’ve said many times before, but while the gameplay experience is paramount, deep modes are what keep us hooked on a game until the next one comes out (and sometimes, even beyond that). It’s hard to pick just five, as there have been some exceptional modes in basketball games over the years, each catering to different tastes. I’ve personally had fun with a variety of modes throughout several releases, and I know that many of you can say the same. I would nominate these five modes as being the best of the bunch, in no particular order.

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NBA 2K18 Patch 1.07 Released; New Art, General Bug Fixes

NBA 2K18: Damian Lillard vs. Tony Parker

Patch 1.07 has been released for NBA 2K18. As of this post, it is available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, with the PC and Switch patches coming soon. The new update will be downloaded automatically as long as your system is connected to the Internet; if you encounter any issues, try restarting. I’ll update this bulletin as the other patches are released.

UPDATE: The latest patch is now available for the PC version as well.

The new patch addresses some technical problems, including an issue with the number of timeouts displayed on the scoreboard, incorrect VC earnings, glitches with Two-Way players in MyLEAGUE and MyGM, and game crashes. The custom t-shirt kiosk in The Neighborhood will also be reopening soon.

A few new art updates have also been pushed through with Patch 1.07. Some players have received new hairstyles, including Lonzo Ball, and the courts for the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers have been updated. Please see below for the complete patch notes.

You can also find a complete update history for NBA 2K18 here in our Wiki. Got any thoughts on the latest update? Have you noticed any other enhancements that aren’t mentioned in the notes? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Wayback Wednesday: Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside

Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, it’s a video retrospective of Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside for the Nintendo 64.

When Kobe Bryant played his final NBA game, I dedicated a Wayback Wednesday feature to his history in basketball video games. With his jersey retirement ceremony taking place this week, it seems only fitting that I look at one of those titles in more detail. Released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside was the first of three Nintendo-exclusive games endorsed by the Black Mamba, and one of two titles that featured the rising star on the cover that season. I’ve mentioned it in several articles to date, so an in-depth retrospective is somewhat overdue.

An article didn’t feel like quite enough to mark the occasion, and it’s long been my intention to get into the habit of creating more video content for my weekly features. With that in mind, I’ve put together a video retrospective of Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside, which you can watch below, or check out here over on our YouTube channel. Without any further ado, let’s take a look back…way back…

I hope you enjoy the retrospective! As 2017 draws to a close, I probably won’t be releasing any new videos over the next couple of weeks, but I’m looking forward to creating them more often in 2018, along with my regular written features. To that end, be sure to subscribe to the NLSC on YouTube, and keep it locked to the NLSC every Wednesday for more retro basketball gaming content.

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