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The Friday Five: 5 Retro Teams I’d Like To See in NBA 2K (Part 8)

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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 part eight in a series of lists of retro teams that I’d like to see added to NBA 2K.

It’s been six months since my last five suggestions for retro teams that I’d like to see added in future NBA 2K games. I’ve covered a lot of obvious squads among the 35 mentioned so far, but new suggestions still spring to mind. As I noted in my previous articles, some of the retro teams that have been added in recent years have opened the door for more unorthodox choices. Past champions, their opponents, and other teams that had a significant amount of success are always candidates for inclusion, but there are also less distinguished squads that are interesting for other reasons.

Whatever it is that made them interesting and significant in their own right, they strike me as being fun teams to play with in NBA 2K. Once again, these suggestions do not override the squads I mentioned in previous parts of this series; they’re all retro teams that I believe would be great additions to NBA 2K’s roster of historical content. Also, these lists are based on the idea that the necessary players can be licensed, assuming of course that they aren’t in the game already. It would be rather pointless to add these teams if the major players aren’t represented, after all. With that being said, here are my latest suggestions for additional retro teams!

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The Friday Five: 5 Retro Teams I’d Like To See in NBA 2K (Part 2)

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 another list of five retro teams that I’d like to see added to NBA 2K.

Since I talked about some of the worst classic teams to be included in NBA 2K in last week’s Friday Five, it only makes sense to switch focus to some of the retro teams that I’d like to see in future games. There are quite a number of old teams that would be fun to play with in NBA 2K, and indeed, I posted five I was hoping to see added way back in August 2016. As it happened, a couple of the teams I mentioned have since made their way into the game (along with one from around the same era), so it seems that we should never say “never”.

As such, this is part two of what will probably end up being a series of articles on the retro teams that I’d like to see added in future NBA 2K games. While some teams are sadly unlikely due to an inability to license specific players, I’m making my picks based on the assumption that Visual Concepts would be able to find a way to come to terms with them. After all, it’s a list of teams I’d like to see in the game, not strictly a list of teams I think we feasibly could see. With that out of the way, and considering that I’d still like to see my previous suggestions added, let’s take a look at five more retro teams that I’d like to see in NBA 2K’s roster.

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The Friday Five: 5 Worst Classic Teams 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 list of what I believe are the five worst classic teams in NBA 2K.

Since being added as part of the Jordan Challenge back in NBA 2K11, classic teams have become a staple of the NBA 2K series. Although they aren’t necessarily a focal point of the games, it’s gotten to the point where they aren’t thought of as being bonus content, but an essential feature. The selection of classic teams has grown from ten Chicago Bulls squads and their opponents to a variety of memorable teams from the 60s through to the modern era. Squads include champions, their Finals opponents, and an assortment of other teams of note. We now even have All-Time teams to play with.

However, some of the classic teams are puzzling inclusions. That’s not to say they’re bad teams – it’s not as though Visual Concepts have seen fit to include the 1973 76ers or 2012 Bobcats – but they lack the appeal of other retro squads. In the case of some classic teams, the specific season has been an odd choice, or the loss of likeness rights and subsequent removal of players has rendered them far less appealing. Whatever the case may be, these classic teams are prime candidates to be removed, or replaced with more interesting squads whose rosters may be more complete. Without any further ado, here are my picks for the five worst classic teams in NBA 2K.

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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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NBA 2K18 News Round-Up: New Cover, ’07 Warriors & More

NBA 2K18: Baron Davis

There’s been a flurry of NBA 2K18 news today, so let’s get caught up on all the latest details!

Easily the biggest story in the NBA this week is the trade that has sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ first round pick in 2018. Irving is of course the cover player for NBA 2K18, and in the wake of the deal, the cover art is now oudated. Jason Argent, senior vice president of basketball operations for 2K, released a statement indicating that there will be a version of NBA 2K18 featuring Irving in a Celtics jersey, coming “at a later date”.

After revealing the final two classic teams in this year’s game, it seems that 2K have managed to squeeze in one more. The 2007 Golden State Warriors will be featured in NBA 2K18, suggesting that LD2K’s hint in the 2K TV season finale wasn’t just a red herring. The addition of the ’07 Warriors brings the total number of new classic teams to seventeen; please see below for the full updated list. You can also check out a screenshot of Baron Davis on that memorable underdog squad, along with some other new screens including Kobe Bryant on the All-Time Los Angeles Lakers. Find them below, as well as here in our NBA 2K18 Screenshots gallery.

Finally, during today’s live stream, 2K also announced a global broadcast on the official NBA 2K Facebook page on August 31st. Further details about NBA 2K18 will be revealed during the event, including information on MyCAREER. Notably, the event is titled “Run the Neighborhood”, and a #RunTheNeighborhood hashtag is being promoted. This may offer some clues as to the story in this year’s MyCAREER mode.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion taking place in our NBA 2K18 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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Latest Classic Teams Revealed for NBA 2K18; New Screenshots

NBA 2K18: De'Aaron Fox

The sixteen new classic teams in NBA 2K18 continue to be revealed two at a time by the official NBA 2K Twitter account. The latest squads to be revealed are the 2008 Denver Nuggets, 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder, 2011 Dallas Mavericks, 2016 Golden State Warriors, 2008 New Orleans Hornets, 2014 Indiana Pacers, 2011 Chicago Bulls, and 2012 New York Knicks. As such, we now know fourteen of the sixteen new classic teams:

  • 1997 Miami Heat
  • 1999 New York Knicks
  • 2002 Sacramento Kings
  • 2004 Los Angeles Lakers
  • 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

As noted in the previous bulletin, it seems that the 1993 New Jersey Nets will be one of the two remaining teams, while the season finale of 2K TV previously hinted that the 2007 Golden State Warriors would be in this year’s game. The final two teams should be confirmed soon, with further details (and presumably preview media) reportedly coming on August 25th.

More player screenshots have also been posted or Re-Tweeted by the official NBA 2K Twitter account, showing off what the players in question will look like in NBA 2K18, and what their ratings will be upon release. Check them all out below, as well as in our NBA 2K18 Screenshots gallery.

Got any thoughts on the classic teams that have been revealed so far, or any of the screenshots? Have your say in the comments section below, and as always, feel free to join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC 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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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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More Classic Teams Revealed for NBA 2K18; New Screenshots

NBA 2K18: 2002 Sacramento Kings

As I mentioned yesterday, 2K Sports are beginning to reveal some of the new classic teams that will appear in NBA 2K18. A full reveal will be made on or by August 25th, but in the meantime, the 2006 and 2013 Memphis Grizzlies, 2002 Sacramento Kings, and 2004 Los Angeles Lakers are the latest squads to be announced.

As it stands, we know that the following new classic teams will be added in NBA 2K18:

  • 1997 Miami Heat
  • 1999 New York Knicks
  • 2002 Sacramento Kings
  • 2004 Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2006 Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2013 Memphis Grizzlies

The 2002 Kings were previously featured in NBA 2K12, but were subsequently removed when 2K Sports were unable to continue licensing the likeness rights for all of the key players. Funnily enough, the 2004 Lakers, as well as the late 90s Knicks and Heat, are some of the retro teams that I said I wanted to see in future NBA 2K games, so on a personal note, it’s cool to see them being included.

Additionally, while it hasn’t been officially confirmed by 2K Sports yet, former NBA player and one-time All-Star Kenny Anderson mentioned on Twitter that his 1993 New Jersey Nets will also be in NBA 2K18. That squad also notably included Derrick Coleman, and the late Drazen Petrovic.

Once again, a full reveal will be made on or by August 25th, so it won’t be too long before we find out the remaining ten teams. In the meantime, 2K has released a bunch of new player screenshots and ratings. You can check them out below, as well as in our screenshots gallery.

As usual, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K18 Trailer: “Get Shook”; New Screens, Classic Team Info

LeBron James in the Get Shook NBA 2K18 Trailer

2K Sports has dropped a new NBA 2K18 Trailer, which is titled “Get Shook”. Featuring the usual gameplay clips from cinematic angles, the trailer is backed by Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones”, which is included on the game’s soundtrack.

As you might expect, “Get Shook” features several big names, some of whom are also members of Team 2K. Featured players include Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, and many more. The trailer also hypes this year’s version of The Prelude, which will be available September 8th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Check out the latest NBA 2K18 trailer below, or watch it here on the official NBA 2K YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video.

A few more screens have been released recently, including our first look at the Los Angeles Lakers All-Time team. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, James Worthy, and Pau Gasol have been confirmed for the squad. LeBron James has also been confirmed as being rated 97 Overall in this year’s game, while Dwyane Wade is rated 84 Overall. Check out all of the latest screenshots below for more overall ratings.

This Tweet by the official NBA 2K Twitter account also seems to have confirmed that the 1996-97 Miami Heat and 1998-99 New York Knicks will be among the sixteen new classic teams added in NBA 2K18. A full reveal of all the new retro squads is coming on August 25th.

Do you have any thoughts on the latest NBA 2K18 trailer, or speculation as to which other classic teams will be added this year? Which players do you think will be included on the All-Time teams? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum!

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New Classic & All-Time Teams in NBA 2K18; Latest Screens

NBA 2K18 All-Time Teams

If you love the historical content in NBA 2K – as I’m sure most of us do – then 2K has revealed some fantastic news. NBA 2K18 is going to feature All-Time Teams for all 30 NBA teams, comprised of the best players in each team’s history. Not only that, but sixteen new classic teams are also set to be added in this year’s game. At this time, the new historical squads and the all-time rosters have yet to be announced.

All-Time Teams mods have been very popular over the years, dating back to the early days of NBA Live patching. As such, it’s very cool to hear that they’ll be in the game by default. Similarly, it’s been a few years since any new classic NBA teams have been added to the selection in NBA 2K, so that also comes as very welcome news. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to find out which teams have been added, and which players made the cut for the all-time squads.

NBA 2K17 did include the Dream Team as a pre-order bonus last year, and a selection of All-Time College Teams were also released as paid downloadable content. It remains to be seen whether that content – or at the very least, the Dream Team – will be available in NBA 2K18. It also remains to be seen whether 2K will take Charles Barkley up on his offer, in order to get him into the classic and all-time teams. If nothing else, it’s great to see new content being added that isn’t a pre-order exclusive, or paid DLC.

In other news, 2K has been posting a bunch of player screenshots, revealing their overall ratings and several new uniforms in the process. You can check out the latest batch of screens below, as well as in our NBA 2K18 gallery.

Which teams are you hoping to see in NBA 2K18? Which players do you expect will make up the all-time roster for your favourite team? Any thoughts on the latest screenshots and player ratings? Have your say in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the discussion taking place in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

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