NBA Live 2001

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NBA Live 2001
NBA Live 2001 cover art.
Developer(s) EA Sports
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NBA Live
Platform(s) Windows, Playstation, Playstation 2
Release date(s) Playstation
October 18th, 2000
February 8th, 2001
Playstation 2
February 23rd, 2001
System requirements Minimum:
  • Windows 95/98/ME
  • 200 MHz Intel Pentium/AMD K6 Processor
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 4x CD-ROM/DVD Drive
  • 100 MB HD space
  • 4 MB Direct3D capable video card with DirectX 8.0 compatible driver

NBA Live 2001 (also known as NBA 2001 or Live 2001 and stylised as NBA LIVE 2001) is the seventh instalment in the NBA Live series, released in North America on January 23rd, 2001 for the Playstation 2, the original Playstation version on October 18th, 2000 and the PC version on February 8th, 2001. Kevin Garnett was featured as its cover player, though Arvydas Sabonis appeared on the cover of the Lithuanian release. It is the direct sequel to NBA Live 2000 and was followed by NBA Live 2002.


NBA Live 2001 is EA Sports' NBA release for the 2000/2001 NBA season. The game proved a controversial release as the PC version was pushed back until February 2001 and contained several issues including difficulty interrupting animations and disproportinate rebounding (offensive rebounds outnumbered defensive rebounds). Adding to the controversy was the absence of an official fix to address the issues. While full details of such a patch and its subsequent fate were never released, it seems preliminary plans to release a fix fell apart leaving the community in an uproar. Although the patchmaking community took to the game with reasonable enthusiasm, especially in the absence of a PC version of NBA Live 2002, there was a considerable amount of dissatisfaction with the game and several fans began to turn away from the NBA Live series towards the newly established NBA 2K series.

Also of note, it was the first game on which NLSC founder Tim Tschirner was a member of the production team and the only game to date to feature the Three Team Trade Function.

Official Features List[edit]

  • Online Community: Enhanced Chat and Match-up with the fast, easy to use Match-up System. Enter the Online Lobby to set up a game, chat with friends and more.
  • Enhanced Franchise Mode: Execute more realistic blockbuster trades with up to 3 teams and 15 players using the new trade interface.
  • New Player Interactions: Player personalities and emotions come alive on the sidelines and on the court - players contest calls, celebrate key scores, encourage teammates and more.
  • Complete Low Post Control: Battle to back down a defender and then select from a variety of post moves including up-and-under, jump hook and turn-around and fade-away jump shots.
  • New soundtrack featuring Montell Jordan: Platinum recording artist highlights another stellar LIVE soundtrack.

Noteworthy Facts[edit]

  • NBA Live 2001 was the first game for the new NBA Live production team
  • In a 2007 poll held in the NLSC Forum, Garnett was selected along with Vince Carter as the most popular choice for cover player.
  • Charles Barkley's final (official) appearance in the series to date.
  • The only NBA Live to feature three team trades
  • The first NBA Live to allow users to place players on the injured list while leaving less than twelve players on the active list.
  • The first game featuring Don Poier and Bob Elliott on commentary.
  • The final appearance of Face in the Game.

Running on modern Windows[edit]

The game has no issue installing on modern Windows systems, and is capable of running on many different custom resolutions at maximum graphics settings. However, setting texture quality to High will improperly render all textures except faces and jerseys, while setting it to Maximum will only properly render textures of jerseys, so it is best set to Medium.

Bypassing Microsoft's SafeDisc block[edit]

As of 2015, all then-supported Windows operating systems (Vista and up) had their SafeDisc driver disabled through an official Windows Update (KB3086255), while Windows 10 shipped with the driver automatically disabled and reduced, or entirely removed. This rendered numerous video games that used SafeDisc as their copy protection method unplayable, NBA Live 2001 being one of them.

The solution for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 is to go to the Control Panel, choose the Windows Update entry, then the Installed Updates menu. From there, find Windows Update designated as KB3086255 and delete it. Reboot your computer, manually check for updates in the Control Panel, and once the KB3086255 update appears on the list, right-click on it and choose "Hide This Update".

The solution for Windows 10, however, would require placing a fully functional SafeDisc driver file called secdrv.sys (from a previous Windows operating system) in the following directory: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\. Then, it would require to be digitally signed, as more recent updates for Windows 10 disabled running .sys files without a digital certificate. One option is to use the PowerShell plugin PsSecDrv.

PC Screenshots[edit]


NBA Live 2000
NBA Live Next:
NBA Live 2002