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Wayback Wednesday: Retro Team Additions in NBA 2K16

Wayback Wednesday: Retro Team Additions in NBA 2K16

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 additions to the roster of retro teams that were made in NBA 2K16.

After The Jordan Challenge and NBA’s Greatest established retro teams as a staple of NBA 2K’s content, a few years went by before we saw any new additions. A handful of players disappeared from and later reappeared in the rosters as 2K lost and regained the rights to their likenesses, but the selection of historical squads remained the same, outside of the 1992 Dream Team appearing in NBA 2K13. Without a dedicated mode, it seemed as though we weren’t going to see any new additions to the roster of retro NBA teams anytime soon.

Fortunately, we were proven wrong. As the preview season for NBA 2K16 loomed, an episode of NBA 2KTV revealed three of the twelve new retro teams that would be featured in the game. Not only was it a promising sign that retro content wouldn’t be abandoned moving forward, but the choice of teams set a precedent that allowed it to expand beyond the scope of the squads added for The Jordan Challenge and NBA’s Greatest. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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All-Decade Teams Among New Legendary Teams in NBA 2K20

1990s All-Decade Team in NBA 2K20

As promised, 2K has revealed some of the new Legendary teams that will be available in NBA 2K20. This year marks the return of All-Decade teams (also commonly referred to as Decade All-Stars). For those unfamiliar with the concept, they’re squads filled with the best players of each decade, spanning from the 50s and 60s through to the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s.

It appears that this isn’t it for the new historical teams in NBA 2K20, as the announcement indicates that these squads are just the first to be announced. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the additions are similar concepts, or new throwback squads along the lines of the 1996 Bulls and so on.

The All-Decade teams/Decade All-Stars, a concept that NBA Live has also featured in years gone by, last appeared in the NBA 2K series in NBA 2K10. They were removed in favour of the retro teams that were added as part of The Jordan Challenge and NBA’s Greatest, and subsequently featured as bonus content ever since. The historical content outside of MyTEAM was last expanded in NBA 2K18, when the All-Time squads were added.

You can check out some screenshots of the All-Decade teams below. As you can see, they’ll be sporting jerseys based on All-Star uniforms from their respective decade, which is a really cool idea. What are your thoughts on their inclusion? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K20 section of the NLSC Forum! We’ll try to stay on top of the reveals as best we can, so keep it locked.

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New Legendary Teams Coming in NBA 2K20

NBA 2K Retro Teams Ideas: 2006 New Jersey Nets

As announced by the official NBA 2K Twitter account, new Legendary teams have been added to NBA 2K20. While the name could refer to a new type of All-Time squads or other throwback content, most are assuming it means new retro teams. It’s been a few years since any new historical squads were added, so it would certainly come as welcome news.

It seems that the squads will be revealed soon, so stay tuned for further details as they’re made available. In the meantime, I invite you to check out my ongoing series of Friday Five articles in which I suggest retro teams that I’d like to see added to NBA 2K! I’m currently up to Part 11, with 55 teams. A couple of the teams that I’ve mentioned have actually made the cut in subsequent games.

What are your expectations of the new Legendary teams in NBA 2K20? Are there any squads in particular that you’d like to see added? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum!

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Wayback Wednesday: Bonus Teams in NBA 2K

Michael Jordan on Team Jordan in NBA 2K11

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 bonus teams in NBA 2K over the years.

A couple of weeks ago, I took a look back at the bonus teams that were featured in older NBA Live games. While NBA 2K has become better known for providing basketball gamers with a wide selection of historical squads, it has also featured a variety of bonus teams from Decade All-Stars and developer teams to sports brand and Draft Class squads. While some of them certainly were not essential, they did inject a little extra fun into the game. As with the bonus teams in NBA Live, they provided a means of shaking things up with an enjoyable change of pace.

These bonus teams may now be overshadowed by a bevy of historical content in the form of retro and All-Time squads, but they’re still an important part of NBA 2K’s history of going above and beyond the bare minimum of including all the current NBA teams. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #251

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Episode #251 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we follow up on some more snippets about NBA Live’s future, and discuss a couple of topics suggested by listeners. We also catch up on what we’ve been doing on the virtual hardwood, and talk about the 2018 NBA Finals.

On this week’s show…

  • A recent Polygon article has gone into a little more detail about the future of NBA Live, with additional quotes from Seann Graddy. We discuss what he might have meant when talking about the goal of appealing to a “new, younger demographic”.
  • What are our expectations in terms of demos for NBA Live 19 and NBA 2K19? Are they likely to be any different to recent demos and The Prelude DLC?
  • Is it likely that we’ll ever see a Free-to-Play basketball game, similar to Fortnite?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included a couple of tough but satisfying victories in Ultimate Team, as well as success in LIVE Events. We also spent time with The One, checked out the community uploads in MyLEAGUE, and played with the All-Time Teams.
  • We wrap up Episode #251 of the NLSC Podcast with a quick recap of the Conference Finals, and our thoughts on the 2018 NBA Finals so far.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 5 Players Who Could Be On Multiple All-Time Teams

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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 five players who I feel could and arguably should be appearing on multiple All-Time teams in NBA 2K.

Despite a couple of omissions, the All-Time squads were a very welcome addition in NBA 2K18. I’m hoping that those teams will remain in the game moving forward, as they provide an opportunity to play with a variety of retro players who don’t have their own historical squads. I also hope that players such as Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, and Reggie Miller can be included at some point. Their omission has led to the inclusion of some less than ideal players on the All-Time teams, including a few active players who are certainly good, but lack the same historical significance.

It’s not just the absence of a few big names that makes some of the active players on the All-Time teams stick out like a sore thumb, however. There are historical players already in the game that could feasibly appear on a couple of other All-Time squads, replacing active players who aren’t stars of the same magnitude. While it could be argued that they didn’t have as big of an impact with those teams, or that their stints were too short, some All-Time teams do include players who had a very short tenure with them. With that in mind, here are five players who are not currently on multiple All-Time teams, but I believe could and should be.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Legends Needed in NBA 2K

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 countdown of the Top 5 Legends that need to be added in future NBA 2K games.

There’s no denying that the NBA 2K series has done some incredible things with its historical content over the past eight years. Beginning with the Jordan Challenge and NBA’s Greatest, and continuing with the addition of several more historical squads including the 1992 Dream Team, we’ve had the opportunity to indulge our nostalgia, as well as play out so many Past vs. Present scenarios on the virtual hardwood. The presence of so many Legends has also unquestionably benefitted MyTEAM, allowing us to put together some amazing fantasy squads that are a lot of fun to play with.

Of course, it’s difficult for Visual Concepts to achieve complete accuracy when it comes to the historical content in NBA 2K. Unlike current players, who are all covered by the licensing agreement with the NBA Players Association, Legends are not automatically licensed to be included in video games. Several Legends – or in the case of Legends who have passed away, their estate – have retained the rights to their likenesses, and for one reason or another, have declined to appear in the games. Obviously that’s a legal barrier that needs to be cleared, but assuming it’s possible, here are the Top 5 Legends that need to be added to NBA 2K’s historical teams.

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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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12 Players Added to Historical Teams in NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: Al Harrington

As originally noted by Forbes, twelve new players have quietly been added to some of the historical squads and All-Time teams in NBA 2K18. The new players and the teams they appear on are as follows:

  • Gerald Wallace (All-Time Charlotte Hornets and 01-02 Sacramento Kings
  • Carlos Boozer (All-Time Utah Jazz and 10-11 Chicago Bulls)
  • Danny Granger (All-Time Indiana Pacers)
  • Clark Kellogg (All-Time Indiana Pacers)
  • Caron Butler (All-Time Washington Wizards and 10-11 Dallas Mavericks)
  • Al Harrington (06-07 Golden State Warriors)
  • Stacey King (90-91 and 92-93 Chicago Bulls)
  • Corliss Williamson (03-04 Detroit Pistons)
  • James Posey (05-06 Miami Heat)
  • Damon Jones (06-07 Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Jared Jeffries (11-12 New York Knicks)
  • Daequan Cook (12-13 Oklahoma City Thunder)

When the All-Time teams and new historical squads were announced, there was talk that a few notable absentees might be added in future updates. That has obviously come to pass, but as the Forbes article notes, unfortunately 2K have not been able to secure the likeness rights of Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Moses Malone, and Rasheed Wallace, four of the most noteworthy players still missing from the game. It remains to be seen whether 2K will be able to come to an agreement with any of those players in the future.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts? Have you been playing any games with the historical squads and All-Time teams? Have your say in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Wayback Wednesday: Legends & Champs Rosters for NBA Live

Isiah Thomas in the Legends Roster for NBA Live 2000

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 Legends and Champs rosters for NBA Live on PC.

The announcement that NBA 2K18 will be receiving new historical content, not only in the form of additional classic teams but also All-Time squads, drew a lot of excitement from gamers who are also enthusiastic NBA history buffs. While there have been omissions and other issues, historical content is something that the 2K series has generally done a great job with since NBA 2K11. Of course, as more than a couple of people have pointed out here and on social media, All-Time Teams are not a completely original concept, as many fan-made rosters featuring such squads have been created in recent years.

However, the concept goes back a lot further than that. Rosters comprised of All-Time squads date all the way back to the early days of patching NBA Live on PC, as Lutz’s Legends rosters demonstrate. For that matter, the concept of classic teams was also utilised by his Champs rosters. It’s been a while and a lot of newer basketball gamers probably aren’t aware of those influential mods, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #219

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Episode #219 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Kenny returns to the show this week, joining Arcane and I in a discussion of all the latest topics of interest to our community, including further NBA Live 18 demo impressions, the new historical content in NBA 2K18, and the Kyrie Irving trade.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off the show with some further impressions of the NBA Live 18 demo. The game has also been receiving some support in IGN’s Player’s Choice Awards.
  • Arcane is running a Madden 18 giveaway for PlayStation 4. Entries close August 31st, so get them in ASAP!
  • All of the new classic teams in NBA 2K18 have been revealed, including an additional seventeenth squad. The full lineups for the All-Time Teams have also been posted. We share a few opinions on the new historical content.
  • With Kyrie Irving being traded to the Boston Celtics, it seems that a new cover for NBA 2K18 will be issued at some point.
  • An upcoming Facebook event will provide us with details on MyCAREER in NBA 2K18. We speculate on this year’s story, based on the event name and hashtag.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included 2K Pro-Am cheese – surprise, surprise – and MyLEAGUE success.
  • Backing up a little, we talk about the Kyrie Irving trade in more depth. Did the Cavs make a steal in the deal?
  • We wrap up Episode #219 of the NLSC Podcast by picking our Ultimate Australian 3-on-3 squads.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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Full All-Time Team Rosters Revealed for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18: All-Time Los Angeles Lakers

In the wake of the All-Time Teams trailer, the full rosters for all of the new All-Time Squads in NBA 2K18 have been revealed. 2K posted the roster listings over on the game’s official Facebook page, indicating the starters and revealing all of the players’ overall ratings.

As many gamers and a few publications covering NBA 2K18 have noted, there are some glaring omissions. Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller are two of the most noticeable absentees, as it would seem that 2K Sports were still unable to secure their likeness rights. The 1992 Dream Team is reportedly in the game again this year, so presumably Barkley will at least be included on that squad. Other noteworthy absentees include Moses Malone, Rasheed Wallace, Brandon Roy, and Gilbert Arenas. Of course, the new content still gives our modding community a tremendous head start this year.

See below for the full roster listings, and don’t forget to check out the trailer if you haven’t already seen it. What are your thoughts on the All-Time Teams? Have your say in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the discussion here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K18 All-Time Teams Trailer

NBA 2K18 All-Time Teams

A new NBA 2K18 trailer has been released, showcasing the All-Time Teams in this year’s game. In addition to spotlighting various historical players, it also confirms that the All-Time squads will utilise both current and classic jerseys. I would suggest that this is a very good idea, as a lot of the historical players look quite strange wearing the contemporary uniforms.

Interestingly, the trailer doesn’t really spotlight too many of the newly added players, with the exception of Chris Webber, who appears in a few clips. Other featured players include Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Julius Erving Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal (both with the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic), Karl Malone, and Patrick Ewing. At this point, it remains to be seen whether 2K has been able to license longtime holdouts such as Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller, as they would be glaring omissions from their respective teams.

Check out the trailer below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

I’m guessing that the full lineups for the All-Time squads might be revealed very soon, perhaps along with some more screenshots of the new classic teams. In the meantime, what’s your take on the All-Time Teams trailer? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Final Classic Teams Revealed for NBA 2K18; Latest Screenshots

NBA 2K18: All-Time Chicago Bulls

The final two new classic teams in NBA 2K18 have been revealed. Despite what seemed to be a blatant hint at the 2007 Golden State Warriors in the 2K TV season finale, they won’t be included in the game. It also seems that Kenny Anderson’s Tweet was erroneous, as it will be the 2002 New Jersey Nets and not Anderson’s 1993 Nets that are featured in NBA 2K18. They’ll be joined by the 2005 San Antonio Spurs, which means the full list of new classic teams is as follows:

  • 1997 Miami Heat
  • 1999 New York Knicks
  • 2002 Sacramento Kings
  • 2002 New Jersey Nets
  • 2004 Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2005 San Antonio Spurs
  • 2006 Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2008 New Orleans Hornets
  • 2008 Denver Nuggets
  • 2011 Chicago Bulls
  • 2011 Dallas Mavericks
  • 2012 New York Knicks
  • 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2013 Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2014 Indiana Pacers
  • 2016 Golden State Warriors

Of course, that’s not the only new historical content that will be featured in NBA 2K18. As previously announced, each franchise will have an All-Time squad, comprised of the best players in team history. A screenshot for the All-Time Chicago Bulls has just been released, featuring Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Artis Gilmore, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler, and Jerry Sloan. It also appears that Toni Kukoc is peering over Horace Grant’s shoulder.

You can check out the screenshot below, along with a few other player screenshots that have been posted or Re-Tweeted by the official NBA 2K Twitter account. You’ll also find them over in our Screenshots Gallery. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #218

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Episode #218 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! With the preview season well and truly underway, Arcane and I have plenty of things to talk about this week, including the NBA Live 18 pre-order bonuses, the latest trailers and developer blogs for NBA 2K18, and some news that (of course) broke shortly after we finished recording Episode #217.

On this week’s show…

  • Since its release, the NBA Live 18 demo has been receiving some patches, so it would appear that the experience will continue to be tweaked based on user feedback. Hopefully, this will also bode well for the inevitable Day One patch.
  • The One Edition of NBA Live 18 has been confirmed, and it includes a couple of in-game pre-order bonuses, as well as a 33% discount from participating retailers.
  • 2K Sports dropped the “Get Shook” trailer, along with a developer blog describing the improvements to gameplay in NBA 2K18. It sounds like the team has been focusing on the right things this year.
  • A trailer and developer blog for MyTEAM in NBA 2K18 has also been released. The trailer itself was a little cringe-worthy, but overall the news is good there too.
  • All-Time Teams and sixteen new Classic Teams will be added in NBA 2K18. We share our thoughts on the new classic teams that have been revealed so far.
  • We wrap up Episode #218 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming, which has seen our 2K Pro-Am season for NBA 2K17 approach its final few sessions, and more grinding for cards in NBA Playgrounds. We also look ahead to our future weeks of basketball gaming.

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