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Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses

The final two pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 have now been revealed. It appears as though the leak was accurate, as the bonuses are the 1992 Dream Team, and a USA Basketball jersey for your MyPLAYER. The standard edition of NBA 2K17 will include a Paul George USA jersey as its pre-order bonus, whereas the Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold will instead feature Kobe Bryant’s USA jersey.

It has been confirmed that the entire Dream Team will be included, which means Charles Barkley has agreed to appear in another basketball video game. Sir Charles did appear in NBA 2K13 as a member of the Dream Team, but was notably absent from the 1985 Philadelphia 76ers squad. It remains to be seen whether his inclusion in NBA 2K17 will allow for any other retro teams featuring him, such as the 1993 Phoenix Suns, or perhaps the 1997 Houston Rockets.

Further details on the MyTEAM pre-order packs have also been revealed. The Free Agent Paul George card is rated 90 Overall, and is available as a pre-order bonus for the standard edition. A 99 Overall Free Agent Kobe Bryant card is available with the Legend Edition, while the Legend Edition Gold includes a 99 Overall Free Agent Michael Jordan card in addition to the Kobe card.

Finally, Visual Concepts have officially confirmed the presence of national teams – news first broken by Fox Sports Australia – as they have Tweeted out a photo of Mike Krzyzewski being scanned for this year’s game. Apart from the Australian Boomers, there’s no confirmation of which other national teams will appear in the game at this time.

Your thoughts on the latest news? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in our NBA 2K17 Forum! For a full breakdown of the pre-order bonuses, check out the NLSC Wiki, or take a look at the image below.

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Wayback Wednesday: Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11

Michael 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 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.

Michael Jordan is the greatest player in the history of basketball. There, that’s a suitably controversial statement to open an article with, these days. For a long time, that was an acceptable assertion to make, but now it seems you’re a bitter old hater if you dare to suggest that there are arguments in favour of teams and players from older eras being superior. Well, contrary to some of the comments that I’ve read on YouTube lately, I would disagree that LeBron James is “clearly better than Michael Jordan”, and that the upcoming season will establish that “fact” once and for all. That’s not a knock on LeBron, by the way; MJ just happened to be pretty good.

Anyway, that’s a debate for another time. At the very least, most fans and analysts would agree that Michael Jordan is one of the best players we’ve ever seen, and one of the most significant and influential people in the history of basketball. During his career, he dazzled fans with his play, and his combination of highlights and success on the hardwood in turn sold a lot of merchandise. In retirement, his brand has remained just as strong. It’s no surprise that Visual Concepts made him the first retired player to appear on the cover of their game, when he became the face of NBA 2K11.

Michael Jordan’s appearance in NBA 2K11 was certainly a big deal, and definitely worth reflecting upon. So, let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K17 News Round-Up: National Teams, Italian Cover, More

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In the wake of the developer blog on MyGM and MyLEAGUE, we have some more NBA 2K17 news this week. Fox Sports has confirmed that the Australian Boomers will be in this year’s game, in the process confirming the presence of national teams in general. The inclusion of national teams was heavily rumoured after gamers noticed an image of Paul George wearing a Team USA jersey in the background of his cover, and it would appear that the speculation was well-founded.

Team USA is obviously a lock to be included, but as of this time, no other national teams have been officially confirmed. However, GameStop UK seems to have leaked a couple of as yet unannounced pre-order bonuses, namely the 1992 Dream Team, and a Paul George USA Basketball jersey. Since PeacemanNOT first pointed this out in the Forum, it appears as though the leaked info has since been removed from the listing. It remains to be seen whether the entire Dream Team will be included, as was the case in NBA 2K13. With the exception of NBA 2K13, Charles Barkley in particular is a notorious holdout when it comes to basketball video games.

Speaking of international teams and players, Danilo Gallinari revealed that he will appear on the Italian NBA 2K17 cover, Tweeting out an image of the cover art. You can also check out the cover artwork below. As of writing, no other international covers have been confirmed.

With any luck, we’ll be getting a more consistent stream of news and previews leading up to NBA 2K17’s release in September. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the latest tidbits? Have your say in the comments section below, and be sure to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Thanks again to PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #168

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Episode #168 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are a two-man booth this week, while Kenny is out of town celebrating his 30th birthday. With a lack of meaningful NBA news, it’s a shorter episode, but the past week has delivered us some promising details on NBA 2K17, and an NBA Live 17 rumour.

On this week’s show…

  • After a Monday Tip-Off column lamenting the lack of a preview season, we received a developer blog on the improvements to MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K17. We recap all the details, and offer up our thoughts.
  • An interesting rumour is making the rounds regarding BDotADot possibly providing some motion capture for NBA Live 17. Could we see a lot more signature animations, when the game drops in early 2017?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: A recap of last week’s 2K Pro-Am games featuring NLSC Greatness, recent activities in MyCAREER, and a bargain on a LeBron James card in MyTEAM.
  • We wrap up Episode #168 of the NLSC Podcast with a long-term Bold Prediction by Kenny that turned out to be correct. Unfortunately, he isn’t around to gloat about it.

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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.

NBA 2K17 Features Enhancements to MyGM & MyLEAGUE

NBA 2K17: League Type in MyGM & MyLEAGUE

It was only in this week’s Monday Tip-Off that I was lamenting the quietness of this year’s preview season. As it turns out, news was indeed right around the corner, as exciting information on NBA 2K17 has been published over on the official NBA 2K Facebook page.

Senior Producer Erick Boenisch published a blog revealing that league expansion has been added to MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K17. We will now have the option of beginning a new MyGM or MyLEAGUE game with the current league, a league with six expansion teams in addition to the current 30 franchises, or a completely custom league. Teams can be moved and re-branded, the same as in NBA 2K16.

The custom league option allows the inclusion of any combination of real NBA teams, new expansion teams, customised teams, Euroleague teams, and even the classic teams. NBA 2K17 will include some pre-configured custom art assets for the expansion teams, in case you don’t want to spend the time creating them all yourself. Additionally, community uploads will allow users to share assets that they make, so we’ll be able to save each other some time as well.

NBA 2K17’s league expansion options include a customisable Expansion Draft with player protections, a schedule creation tool, and more. The game also accounts for an increased number of teams in the lottery, recalculating the Draft odds accordingly. Expansion can also take place dynamically during the offseason, with MyLEAGUE naturally offering more control over the situation than in MyGM.

In other exciting news, the standalone Playoffs mode has returned. The option to start a new game from the current date in the season also returns, along with MyLEAGUE Online. There’s no word yet on what kind of features MyLEAGUE Online will include compared to its offline equivalent, but more details will surely be coming soon.

Finally, the menus have been redesigned this year, and will dynamically update in MyGM and MyLEAGUE to reflect changes that occur through league expansion. For more information, be sure to check out the blog on the official NBA 2K Facebook page. Got any thoughts on the news? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in our newly opened NBA 2K17 section. Also see below for a couple of menu screenshots.

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Monday Tip-Off: Where Is The Preview Season?

Paul George with the layup in NBA 2K16

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.

If you’re a regular listener of the NLSC Podcast, you’ll have heard me describe the current time of year as a very quiet period. After the initial flurry of deals, all of the major free agent signings are over and done with. There’s been Summer League play, of course, but here in the basketball gaming community, we’re anxiously awaiting the start of the preview season. With NBA Live 17 being pushed back to early 2017, we’re obviously not going to hear much about it for some time. NBA 2K17 will be dropping in mid September, but details on that release are similarly scarce.

That isn’t anything too out of the ordinary, though. Even when both titles have been released around the same time, Visual Concepts has often waited until almost the last minute before finally revealing the juiciest details on the next NBA 2K game. I would suggest that a lot of the time, the information has been worth waiting for, and the success of the series certainly speaks for itself. At the same time, I miss the days of getting a steady flow of information, and feeling really hyped about the upcoming releases.

As such, I find myself asking: where is the preview season?

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The Friday Five: 5 Ideas for 2K Pro-Am

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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.

As you might know if you’ve caught any recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast, I’ve been playing a lot of 2K Pro-Am lately. In fact, I haven’t played much besides 2K Pro-Am in recent weeks, which is unusual as I’m not normally an online gamer. However, as I explained in Monday Tip-Off a few weeks back, I’m really enjoying the social aspect of the mode, and it’s been a fun change of pace from the modes that I usually play. It’s one of the reasons that I’m considering pre-ordering the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17, in order to immediately level up my MyPLAYER.

Needless to say, while I am enjoying the mode, it’s not without its problems. A few weeks ago, I discussed some issues with the grading logic that also affect MyCAREER, which I’d definitely like to see fixed. On top of that, there are some other improvements that I’d like to see made to 2K Pro-Am, five of which I’m outlining in this week’s column. So, without any further ado, here are five ideas for NBA 2K17’s Pro-Am, which I feel would greatly benefit the mode.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #164

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Episode #164 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane, Kenny, and I discuss the epic conclusion of the 2016 NBA Finals, some NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 tidbits, and our latest sessions in 2K Pro-Am.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off the show with some housekeeping matters, specifically our forthcoming server move, and our appeal to help us cover the hosting costs moving forward.
  • The season finale of NBA 2KTV revealed a few interesting tidbits about NBA 2K17, from changes to Locker Codes to the development of a face scanning app for mobile devices.
  • We recap some Tweets of interest from the official NBA Live Twitter regarding NBA Live 17, and the possibility of future roster updates for NBA Live 16.
  • There are rumours that NBA Live 17 will feature a story-driven career mode. We consider the possibility, and reflect once again on NBA 2K16’s MyCAREER mode, now that we’ve all finished the first season.
  • What are the advantages of basketball gaming on the PC versus playing on consoles, and vice versa?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming featured several more games of 2K Pro-Am, a couple of which were really, really satisfying.
  • The 2016 NBA Finals are in the books, as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off the unlikely comeback. Once again, we discuss LeBron’s legacy.
  • Ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft, we discuss a couple of big trades that have been announced. A eulogy for Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls career is included.
  • We wrap up Episode #164 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Trivia Time! Can you get the answers before Arcane and Kenny?

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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.

Monday Tip-Off: Basketball Gaming in the Offseason

LeBron James dribbles the basketball in NBA 2K16

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.

The 2016 NBA season is in the books, as the Cleveland Cavaliers made history by coming back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors, putting a damper on the Warriors’ own historical campaign. For basketball fans – or at least, those of us who are mostly interested in the NBA – so begins the wait until next season, with the Draft, Summer League, and potential offseason movement breaking up the monotony along the way. With the Olympic Games being held this year, we’ll also get to watch another international basketball tournament.

For those of us who are also basketball gamers, we have a few things to look forward to as well. It will be some time before we hear anything about NBA Live 17, and we likely won’t hear much about NBA 2K17 for at least a couple of months yet, but nevertheless, we have a new game coming out in September. Until then, we obviously have several years’ worth of games at our disposal, which can help us get our basketball fix while we wait for the new releases, and the 2017 NBA season.

So, what does the offseason look like when it comes to basketball gaming, and what are some of my own plans?

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NBA 2K17 Features Previewed On NBA 2KTV Season 2 Finale

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In addition to handing out this year’s “Hey Guys” awards, the Season 2 finale of NBA 2KTV has given us a sneak peak at some of the features we can expect to see in NBA 2K17. In addition to running down the three different pre-order bundles, the episode also details a couple of noteworthy tidbits.

It appears as though Locker Codes in NBA 2K17 will be timed, rather than limited to a set number of users. This is certainly good news, and addresses a problem that I’ve previously commented on in-depth. In short, it should allow more users – especially those outside of North America – to have a decent chance at claiming Locker Codes. Of course, the quality of the rewards remains to be seen.

Similarly, MyTEAM will feature timed free agent cards, giving gamers more of an opportunity to play with some of their favourite players for at least a couple of games. It’s essentially the same concept as the short term player cards in NBA Live 16’s Ultimate Team, which can come in handy when your team needs a boost in a tough challenge. The developers have also been working on signature animations, and have added full control over get back animations, using the right stick.

Perhaps most exciting is the less-than-subtle hint that NBA 2K17 will be supported by a companion app that allows users to scan their faces into the game, again similar to what NBA Live 16 has done. As someone who’s struggled to get the face scan to work using the PlayStation 4 camera, but found the NBA Live 16 app to be very effective and user-friendly, this certainly comes as very good news.

Your thoughts? Have your say in the comments below, and feel free to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. If you’d like to watch the Season 2 Finale of NBA 2KTV, you can find it embedded below, or here on NBA 2K’s YouTube channel. Be sure to watch it in-game if you’d like to snag some VC and other rewards.

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The Friday Five: 5 Issues with MyCAREER/Pro-Am’s Grading Logic

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.

I’m on a real 2K Pro-Am kick lately, as I’ve really been enjoying getting together with Arcane, Kenny, and other members of our community to play a few games each week. However, while we do have a lot of fun at the Joel Anthony Arena – whenever we’re lucky enough to play there – we also have our fair share of frustrating moments. As I mentioned in Monday Tip-Off, some of our problems are self-inflicted, but there are a few issues that I would say do stem from gameplay imbalance and quirky logic. Obviously, these problems also affect the MyCAREER experience as well.

Apart from the story-driven approach, issues with the grading logic are one of my biggest complaints when it comes to MyCAREER (and now Pro-Am as well). Having recently gone back and played a few games of my memorable MyCAREER in NBA 2K13, I was frustrated to realise that I’m still experiencing some of the same problems in NBA 2K16. In order to enhance the MyCAREER and Pro-Am experience in NBA 2K17, I believe that the following five issues need to be addressed.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #163

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Episode #163 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! The 2016 NBA Finals are nearing their end, and we’re still at least a few weeks away from getting much in the way of detailed NBA 2K17 news, but Arcane, Kenny, and I still have some fun topics to talk about this week.

On this week’s show…

  • Following on from last week, we react to the rest of Team 2K being revealed. Do we think it will result in any additional in-game content?
  • If any new classic teams are added to NBA 2K17, what are some of the teams we’d like to see included?
  • Would we like to see the ability to select different courts – such as classic and alternate courts – in addition to selecting jerseys before gameplay?
  • In our Week in Basketball Gaming: the challenges of having a 5’7″ power forward in 2K Pro-Am, a couple of enjoyable games, and our future plans.
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we recap and discuss the latest action from the NBA Finals, and make our predictions for the rest of the series.
  • We also discuss LeBron James’ legacy. Are fans and sportswriters being too hard on The King, and selling his career short?
  • In a very cool decision, ESPN and TNT have come to an agreement which will allow Craig Sager to work the sidelines for Game 6 of the Finals.
  • Episode #163 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with the second instalment of our new segment, Trivia Time! Will Arcane and Kenny break their tie this week?

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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.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #162

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Episode #162 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s been a quiet week for basketball video game news, but Arcane, Kenny, and I do have a couple of tidbits to talk about, as well as our latest experiences in 2K Pro-Am, and the 2016 NBA Finals. Also, a new segment makes its debut!

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off the show with another discussion on the lack of updates for NBA Live 16 through the end of the regular season and Playoffs, and what we’d like to see EA do during the offseason in the lead up to NBA Live 17.
  • 2K Sports are unveiling Team 2K, their talent lineup for NBA 2K17 which includes cover player Paul George. We speculate on the silhouettes in the teaser image.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming, we reflect on last week’s 2K Pro-Am session, where we discovered that contrary to what Homer Simpson once said, there are actually sweeter and more satisfying things than winning by default.
  • Turning our attention to the 2016 NBA Finals, we reflect on the first two games, and make our predictions for the rest of the series. Sorry, Cleveland Cavaliers fans.
  • As it stands right now, who is the Finals MVP? What does it mean for Stephen Curry’s legacy – and the Michael Jordan comparisons – if he doesn’t have a big series?
  • With the season winding down, we tally our final scores for Bold Predictions. We’re hoping to do better next year.
  • Episode #162 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a brand new segment: Trivia Time! Andrew is the quizmaster, as Arcane and Kenny square off in answering three trivia questions. This week, the questions cover NBA Live and NBA Jam.

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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.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #161

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Episode #161 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we discuss the reveal of the NBA 2K17 cover, a promising tidbit regarding NBA Live 17, the upcoming 2016 NBA Finals, and our week in basketball gaming.

On this week’s show…

  • Paul George has been officially revealed as the cover player for NBA 2K17. A good choice, but was he our pick? We also discuss the pre-order bonuses.
  • It seems that former NBA player Jamario Moon is providing motion capture for NBA Live 17, suggesting that a fully featured console release is definitely still in development.
  • Speaking of NBA Live 17, a recent report by GameInformer has revealed that all EA Sports titles will apparently be making the transition from the Ignite engine to the Frostbite engine. We discuss what this might mean for the NBA Live series moving forward.
  • We remind PlayStation Plus subscribers to pick up the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K16 via June’s Instant Game Collection, if they don’t already own it, or would like to double-dip.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: 2K Pro-Am frustration, Stephen Curry in NBA Live 95, and more MyLEAGUE plans.
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we recap the end of the Golden State Warriors/Oklahoma City Thunder clash, and look ahead to the NBA Finals.
  • Do we think that Kevin Durant will be moving on from the Thunder, following their collapse and disappointing elimination in the Western Conference Finals?
  • We briefly touch on the fatal shooting of Bryce Dejean-Jones.
  • Episode #161 of the NLSC Podcast ends with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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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.

Paul George Announced as NBA 2K17 Cover Player

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

As previously advertised, 2K Sports has officially revealed the cover player for NBA 2K17, coinciding with the grand finale of the Road To The Finals tournament in NBA 2K16 Pro-Am. As it turns out, Indiana Pacers’ All-Star Paul George will grace the cover of this year’s game from 2K, after serving as the cover player for the MyNBA2K16 app. It looks like we have our hashtag for the year, too: #THISISNOTAGAME

George also appeared in the reveal trailer for the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 featuring Kobe Bryant on the cover, which led many gamers to speculate that he would be announced as the main cover player. Now that the cover has been revealed, the speculation continues as one of the background images of George features him wearing a Team USA jersey, perhaps suggesting that FIBA teams or even the Olympic tournament will be featured in this year’s games.

You can check out the full size image of the cover below. Any thoughts on the NBA 2K17 cover announcement? Do you think we’ll be getting FIBA teams in this year’s game? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion in this thread in the NLSC Forum. The preview season is almost upon us, and we’ll naturally be covering all of the developments, so stay tuned for more details in the near future!

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