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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I’m Putting MyCAREER Aside

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 breaks down the five reasons that I’m putting MyCAREER aside in NBA 2K20.

Since finishing my second season of MyCAREER in NBA 2K19, I’ve played a grand total of one game in my third. I had still been dabbling with online play, but after a particularly demoralising session, I decided to play the season opener. The new roster was interesting to play with, and the thought of new goals such as reaching 10,000 career points and completing a threepeat has me considering a third campaign. I’d be simulating a bulk of the games – especially with the release of NBA 2K20 a month away – but I’m thinking about it. After that, however, I’m done with MyCAREER.

I know, I know. I said that almost a year ago, and ended up going further than I ever have before in MyCAREER. At the time I thought I was done, just as I do now. The difference is that after another year of playing MyCAREER, I truly feel ready to put it aside. My experience was significantly more positive in NBA 2K19, so I’m not ending my time with the mode on such a sour note. Furthermore, looking ahead to the release of NBA 2K20, I have other incentives to move away from the single player career experience. If you’ve spent a lot of time in MyCAREER these past few years and are similarly looking to move on, perhaps you can relate to my reasons for doing so.

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Wayback Wednesday: Mystery Teaser Covers

Wayback Wednesday: Mystery Teaser Covers

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 mystery teaser covers that used to get us talking about upcoming cover player reveals.

As discussed in Episode #291 of the NLSC Podcast, there’s currently a bit of worried speculation regarding NBA Live 20, due to a lack of news. While there’s evidence to suggest that those concerns are jumping the gun, it is unusual that there haven’t been any official announcements regarding this year’s expected release from EA Sports. It isn’t the first time that news about NBA Live has been slow, or that the cover player ended up being announced quite late, but given the series’ rocky history over the past decade, the speculation is at least understandable.

Speaking of cover players and reveals, that’s something which has become a much bigger deal than it used to be a long time ago. Back in the 90s, long before basketball titles and gaming in general became the juggernaut of today, there wasn’t nearly as much importance placed on the cover player. A star was generally preferred, but it wasn’t always a top tier player. Quite a few games settled for “someone who’s in the NBA”, who may or may not have a chance at becoming a superstar. It wasn’t until NBA Live 2003 that the cover player was a big part of the pre-release hype, which also started a trend of mystery teaser covers. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast #291: Is It Time To Worry Yet?

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Episode #291 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s another solo show this week so there’s obviously no featured discussion, but between NBA 2K20 news, NBA Live 19 rosters, speculation about NBA Live 20, and updates from the modding community, I have a few thoughts to share.

As expected, the NBA 2K20 ratings reveal wasn’t without controversy. While fans debate their accuracy and the merits of NBA 2K’s approach to ratings, the best response belongs to whoever is running the Denver Nuggets’ Twitter account. In other news, NBA Live 19 received a surprising roster update featuring offseason moves. Despite being a welcome surprise, it does invite worrisome speculation about NBA Live 20, though it doesn’t help to jump the gun. Meanwhile, in our community, there are some modding projects and other upcoming features worth spotlighting. Check them out, and stay tuned!

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What are your thoughts on the latest NBA 2K20 previews, and the speculation surrounding NBA Live 20? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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U R Basketball 2K14 V70 & U R Basketball 2K13 V64 Released

U R Basketball 2K14 V70 Preview

New offseason rosters for NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 are here, courtesy of skoadam and slimm44! The key features of V70 of U R Basketball 2K14 are as follows:

  • 2020 Rosters accurate as of July 14th
  • 2020 Rosters with uninjured rotations
  • Updated faces of 2020 Roster and 2019 Draft players (Chasedown, EC2K, many more)
  • 2020 Season/Association screens

Key features of U R Basketball 2K13 V64 are as follows:

  • 2020 Rosters accurate as of July 14th
  • 2019 EOS Roster based on End of the Season stats
  • Added a few missing jerseys for 2019, 2019EOS, 2020 Rosters
  • Added real 2019 All-Star logos
  • 2020 Roster with uninjured rotations
  • 2020 Roster with updated coaches
  • 2020 Roster with updated ages, years pro
  • Updated faces of 2020 and 2019 Draft players (Chasedown, EC2K, many more)
  • 2020 Season/Association screens

Download URB 2K14 here, and find the release/support topic here in the Forum. URB 2K13 can be downloaded here, while its release/support topic can be found here. Make sure that you download the correct version of U R Basketball for the game you’re playing!

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Wayback Wednesday: Training Camp in NBA 2K12

Welcome to Training Camp in NBA 2K12

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 Training Camp in NBA 2K12.

In recent years, it’s been noted that the NBA 2K series has been increasingly geared towards appealing to the hardcore online crowd. In a Reddit post that I’ve mentioned before (and no doubt will again), a former EVE Online developer has noted the series’ increasing focus on catering to elite players, and apparent hostility to newer gamers who are trying to hone their skills on the virtual hardwood. It’s fostered the “get gud” mindset, while failing to provide the onboarding, opportunities, and fair matchmaking that would allow less experienced players to strive for that.

As noted in that Reddit post, it wasn’t always that way. Earlier this decade, the NBA 2K games were going out of their way to teach gamers all of the basic and advanced controls, in an environment that was both helpful and creative. Those efforts began with the introduction of Training Camp in NBA 2K12, a feature that would carry over into NBA 2K13 and prior gen NBA 2K14. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Monday Tip-Off: Aiming for the Hall of Fame in MyCAREER

Hall of Fame Requirements in NBA 2K19

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 an update on my NBA 2K19 MyCAREER, and my new goal of making it to the Hall of Fame.

As the 2019 NBA Finals loom in real life, I’m already twenty games away from the 2020 Playoffs in my NBA 2K19 MyCAREER game. My enthusiasm has continued into a sophomore campaign, and with the regular season winding down, I’ve got a few milestones in my sights. Within the next few games, I’ll break Wilt Chamberlain’s record for most points, and my own record for most assists. I’ve already set a new steals record, and ensured that I’ll average a triple-double for the entire season. I’m feeling quite confident that I’ll guide the Bulls to a second straight championship.

My intention here isn’t to brag; everyone puts up awesome numbers in MyCAREER, after all. I’m just enjoying the challenge of trying to get triple-doubles, break a few records, and complete two full seasons while playing on twelve minute quarters. I do have another goal, however. I’ve been keeping an eye on the requirements for making the Hall of Fame, and it’s my intention to achieve that before I put NBA 2K19 aside. Despite spending a lot of time with MyCAREER in both NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K17, it’s something that I haven’t been able to accomplish. With all of the time that I’ve put into NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER, I feel like this is the year.

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The Friday Five: 5 Times PC Gamers Missed Out 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 five times that PC gamers have missed out when it comes to the virtual hardwood.

Due to the popularity of the PC platform in our community, it’s all too easy to forget that it isn’t a priority for sports video game developers. Consoles account for a bulk of the annual sales, making PC sports gamers a niche within a niche. That hasn’t stopped us from having a lot of fun with the games that have come out on PC though, thanks in no small part to what our modding community has been capable of throughout the years. Furthermore, if you go back and look at the history of NBA Live on PC, there was a time when those releases could be considered the definitive version.

Unfortunately, playing on PC has sometimes led to missing out on content, or certain games altogether. From a developer’s perspective, consoles provide the convenience of standard hardware and digital platforms, as well as more security when it comes to piracy. Developing for the PC is more challenging due to differing hardware, as well as distribution methods. Even when the former hasn’t been a barrier to getting a PC release, the latter has prevented it from receiving the same level of support, including downloadable content. We’re fortunate enough to still get basketball games on PC, but here are five times that we weren’t so lucky on the platform.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

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The latest file additions for NBA 2K13 PC include a Reshade that adds an 80s/90s TV filter, and a new version of PatTheHead’s retro season roster pack. Check them out at the links below!

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80s/90s Reshade FX

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1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v5.1)

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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U R Basketball 2K13 Updated for All-Star Weekend 2019

2019 All-Star Update for U R Basketball 2K13

Following on from yesterday’s new release for NBA 2K14, the NBA 2K13 version of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 has also been updated! As with the 2K14 release, the update for URB 2K13 includes accurate trade deadline and All-Star rosters, along with new art and other enhancements. Key features of the update are as follows:

  • Trades updated through 18th February
  • Updated rotations/minutes
  • Updated team roles
  • 2019 All-Stars updated
  • Updated new contracts
  • Updated faces (Chasedown, EC2K)
  • Updated All-Star jerseys – finally great quality jerseys from Pep
  • Added All-Star Arena
  • Fixed accessories colors for All-Star teams

You can find U R Basketball 2K13 here in our Downloads section. For more previews, support, and information on future updates, be sure to check out the release topic here. As with URB 2K14, future releases will include further updates to the retro content.

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The Friday Five: 5 NBA Seasons I’m Oddly Nostalgic For

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 five seasons that I’m oddly nostalgic for.

Way back in 2013, the first year of The Friday Five, I listed my top five favourite NBA seasons. That list is still accurate, putting aside the fact that I tried to restrict the number of Chicago Bulls championship years that I included. If I were to remove that restriction, my top five would be 1996, 1997, 1998, 1993, and 1992, with 1991 being an honourable mention. Back in 2017, I discussed five basketball video games that I’m oddly nostalgic for, given that they’re widely considered to be problematic, and don’t necessarily rank among my all-time favourites, either.

I mention those previous articles in part to promote the archives of my content, but also because this week, I’m combining the two concepts. Just as there are NBA video games that I’m nostalgic for despite their issues, there are NBA seasons that I feel nostalgic for even though by all accounts, they should be among my least favourite. Video games do play a part in that of course, and since I am mashing together the ideas of two previous articles, I will touch on them in this piece as well. It’s not just my experiences on the virtual hardwood that make me nostalgic for these seasons though, as the action in the real NBA was interesting in its own right.

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U R Basketball V63 Released for NBA 2K13

U R Basketball V63 for NBA 2K13 Preview

A few days ago, NBA 2K14 gamers received a new version of U R Basketball, and now NBA 2K13 gamers have a new update to enjoy as well! skoadam and slimm44 have released V63 of URB 2K13, featuring updated 2019 season rosters and other enhancements. Key features of the new release are as follows:

  • Trades updated through 27th January
  • Updated ratings by slimm
  • Updated tendencies by slimm
  • Updated rotations/minutes
  • Updated team roles
  • Added a few missing players
  • Updated portraits
  • Updated new contracts
  • Updated cfs ( Maravich, Chasedown, EC2K)
  • Added 2019 All Star court
  • Updated Wolves coach
  • Removed generic 2K shoes

You can find U R Basketball V63 here in our Downloads section. For more previews, support, and information on future updates, be sure to check out the release topic here.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

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Today’s file additions for NBA 2K13 PC include an update for U R Basketball 2K13 (rosters accurate as of December 28th), and the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro roster pack. Check out both mods at the links below!

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1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v5.0)

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2K13 U R Basketball V62 [35 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 18-19 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 28th December 2018] (Updated)

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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RED MC & REDitor II Updated; All Functionality Now Free!

RED MC v5.0.0.0 Preview

I’m a few days late in posting this, but Vlad delivered the NBA 2K modding community some fantastic news for Christmas. For the first time in quite a while, new versions of RED MC and REDitor II have been released. The new versions contain a couple of minor bug fixes, but the biggest development is that all functionality is now available for free!

We still have quite a few people modding and playing the older NBA 2K games on PC, and these new releases will undoubtedly be a boost for that contingent of our community. For those who are unaware, the tools are comprehensive roster editors and modding utilities, used in the creation of projects such as the Ultimate Base Roster and U R Basketball. REDitor II is compatible with NBA 2K10, NBA 2K11, and NBA 2K12, while RED MC is used with NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14.

Pick them up in these sections of our Downloads database:

A huge thanks to Vlad for his hard work over the years, and for now making these tools freely available for everyone. For modding tutorials and resources, please check out the appropriate sections in the NLSC Forum.

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U R Basketball V62 for NBA 2K13 & NBA 2K14 Updated

U R Basketball V62 for NBA 2K14 Preview

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings, basketball gamers! If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, then skoadam and slimm44 have you covered with an updated version of U R Basketball for both NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC. Key features of the revised V62 are as follows:

  • Trades updated through 24th December
  • Updated rotations/minutes
  • New 2019 Association and Season files
  • New jerseys from Pepis

NBA 2K14 gamers can download U R Basketball here, and find the mod’s release topic here. If you’re playing NBA 2K13, download that version of URB here, and check out its release topic here. Make sure that you download the correct version for the game that you’re playing, as roster files are not compatible between the two titles.

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U R Basketball V62 Released for NBA 2K13 & NBA 2K14

U R Basketball V62 for NBA 2K14 Preview

I’m a little behind in posting this, but V62 of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available for both NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC! The NBA 2K14 mod contains 2019 season rosters accurate as of December 17th, while the NBA 2K13 update is accurate as of December 14th.

Other updates in V62 include new coach faces (Atlanta and Phoenix), fixed player contracts, and the latest rotations. The recently unveiled City and Earned uniforms have also been added, courtesy of Pepis. The Elite roster is still in the pipeline, and updates to the current season roster will continue in the new year.

NBA 2K14 gamers can download U R Basketball here, and find the mod’s release topic here. If you’re playing NBA 2K13, download that version of URB here, and check out its release topic here. Make sure that you download the correct version for the game that you’re playing, as roster files are not compatible between the two titles.

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