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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 08 Draft Camp & Summer Camp

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 08 Draft Camp & Summer Camp

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 NBA Live 08 Draft Camp and Summer Camp.

With NBA Live’s struggles over the past decade, it’s easy to forget – or indeed, not be aware of – just how popular the brand once was. Although NBA 2K received positive reviews since its inception, NBA Live remained the best-selling NBA sim up until the 2009 season, when NBA 2K9 edged out NBA Live 09 in sales. Even then, NBA Live remained competitive and popular among basketball gamers, until the cancellation of NBA Elite 11 changed the course of the series. As such, these days it’s NBA 2K that’s prominent in pop culture and the cool brand among NBA players and gamers alike.

Around the time of NBA Live 08 however, it was EA Sports that was touting their relationship with NBA players, and bringing them in for events. In fact, during the development of NBA Live 08, EA held two events that served as mo-cap sessions and a source of promotional materials: the Draft Camp, and the Summer Camp. A quick Google search reveals that there isn’t much in the way of information about or media from those events, so I thought it’d be fun to chronicle them for Wayback Wednesday. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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The Friday Five: 5 Hilarious-in-Hindsight Moments in Basketball Games

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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 moments in basketball video games that are hilarious in hindsight, for one reason or another.

I’ve grown fond of saying that basketball games serve as time capsules, preserving snapshots of the league when they were released. It’s something that I believe, and it’s one of the things that make dusting off old titles fun. Scrolling through all the teams and looking at the rosters, you’re reminded of the forgotten stints of journeymen and stars alike, lineups that had so much promise but never panned out, and players who were pegged as being future stars. As I’ve said, basketball games become interactive almanacs of sorts, as they mark NBA milestones.

That’s not all they do, however. Sometimes they can seemingly predict the future, with the virtual hardwood suggesting unexpected events that actually come to pass in real life. Of course, other occurrences are clearly not prophesising the future, which underscores how it’s easy to call something a prediction in hindsight. Coincidences are amusing to note however, as are details that age poorly or become ironic when we look back at them. In either case, these moments found in various basketball video games become hilarious-in-hindsight – or at the very least, good for a smirk or a chuckle – and to that end, I have five examples to share with you today.

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Free Kevin Durant Prime Series II Pack in NBA 2K20 MyTEAM

Free Kevin Durant Prime Series II Pack in NBA 2K20 MyTEAM

If you log into MyTEAM in NBA 2K20 between now and 6 AM PST on February 28th, you’ll be able to claim a free Kevin Durant Prime Series II Pack. The Galaxy Opal Kevin Durant is the best card you can pull, but there are no guaranteed rewards. Other possible rewards include Pink Diamond Klay Thompson and Russell Westbrook, Diamond LaMarcus Aldridge, Amythest Reggie Jackson, and Ruby Jeff Green.

The pack giveaway is in celebration of a record-breaking year for NBA 2K. As touted by the in-game notification, NBA 2K20 has had 8,800,000 installs and counting; enough to fill 463 NBA arenas. Collectively, we’ve played 2.2 billion games, equivalent to an astonishing 26,829,268 NBA seasons.

As with punching in Locker Codes, it’s worth collecting the free Kevin Durant Prime Series II Pack if you have any interest in MyTEAM. Even if you don’t pull one of the best rewards – I certainly wasn’t so lucky – you can still get a useful card or two, or pad the numbers to increase your Collector Level. Don’t forget that you can join in a discussion of NBA 2K20 MyTEAM here in the NLSC Forum, as well as share your thoughts in the comments section below. I also posted some tips for MyTEAM in last week’s Friday Five, which you can catch up on here.

New NBA 2K18 Screenshots & Ratings; Interviews

NBA 2K18: Stephen Curry & Kevin Durant

A few more NBA 2K18 screenshots have been released, featuring Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Markelle Fultz, and Lonzo Ball. As such, we also have confirmation of their ratings, at least out of the box:

  • Kevin Durant: 96 Overall
  • Steph Curry: 94 Overall
  • Markelle Fultz: 80 Overall
  • Lonzo Ball: 80 Overall

With Durant’s overall rating of 96, it’ll be interesting to see if LeBron James equals or surpasses that mark in the default rosters. As noted by Yahoo! Sports, Fultz and Ball’s overall ratings are the highest for rookies since John Wall was an 81 Overall in the default rosters of NBA 2K11. Check out the screenshots below, or here in our NBA 2K18 gallery.

Dave DuFour recently chatted to Chris “LD2K” Manning on his podcast, On the NBA. LD2K wasn’t at liberty to reveal too much at this time, but he did mention that defense is a priority in terms of gameplay improvements this year. He also noted MyPLAYER Archetypes will be receiving some attention. By referencing MyPARK, LD2K also squashed an odd rumour about MyPARK being cut, which seemed highly unlikely given that it’s the most popular online mode in NBA 2K.

Daily Star also spoke to Erick Boenisch in the wake of last week’s developer blog on MyLEAGUE and MyGM. Erick reiterated the team’s commitment to the franchise experience, and notably described the MyGM story as a “light-hearted jaunt”. He mentions that the story will continue every few games, and doesn’t overwhelm gamers with narrative-based decisions.

Check out the latest screenshots and interviews, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. You can also join in the discussion taking place in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

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NBA 2K17 Screenshot: Kevin Durant

NBA 2K17: Kevin Durant

2K has released a new screenshot today, featuring Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform. You can check it out below, as well as in our NBA 2K17 screenshot gallery. There’s one member of Team 2K left to preview with a screenshot – Draymond Green – so we can probably all guess the screen that we’ll be seeing tomorrow!

Speaking of images, with NBA 2K17 less than a month away from the Early Tip-Off Weekend release, Dommy73 has started a countdown thread in the Forum. This is a game that we’ve played in previous years, in which we post a photo of a player wearing a jersey number that corresponds to the number of days left until the release. If you’d like to join in the fun, check out the thread here.

What are your thoughts on the latest screenshot? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in all of the discussion that’s taking place in our NBA 2K17 Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #166

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We’re back to our regular schedule this week, with Episode #166 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane, Kenny, and I as we talk about the release of NBA Live Mobile, recent NLSC Greatness games in 2K Pro-Am, and the latest offseason movement, including Kevin Durant’s surprising departure.

On this week’s show…

  • 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?

Click Play to listen to the show!

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.