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Monday Tip-Off: How My NBA Live Roster Updates Stopped

Monday Tip-Off: How My NBA Live Roster Updates Stopped

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 the story of how I stopped releasing roster updates for NBA Live, and my current stance on making any further roster mods.

In April 2013, I released the last of my current roster updates for NBA Live 2005 through to NBA Live 08. Although I mentioned at the time that it may well be the end for me making roster updates for those games, I did want to leave some wiggle room in case I returned for the 2014 season. As it stood, it’d basically taken me all season to get a new roster out. It’s safe to say that by that point, I was feeling significantly burned out on making roster updates for NBA Live. I could see the end looming, but I didn’t want to make the call. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone, or feel like I’d failed.

To that end, I made preliminary preparations for a 2014 season roster. I moved the existing players around, changed jersey numbers, and even worked on a few logo updates. When that season passed by without a roster, I did the same thing for the 2015 campaign. That time, I even made a spreadsheet, intending to map out the bio data and some preliminary ratings for players that I’d need to create. I’d repeat the process of preparing a roster – even if it was just to create a save file ready to work on – over the next few years. Despite a small spark of willingness, those projects never came to fruition. This is how my NBA Live roster updates ultimately stopped.

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Fourth Annual March Modness Tips Off Today

NLSC March Modness

It’s March 1st, so that means we’re tipping off the fourth annual March Modness here at the NLSC! For those who are unaware, the event is intended to be a celebration of modding. We of course welcome mod releases all year round, but we invite modders to get extra creative and productive during this month!

In addition to our usual File Additions bulletins and spotlighting other big releases, we’ll be holding the usual giveaway. As a thank you to our talented modding community, anyone who releases work and adds it to our Downloads section will go in the draw to win a copy of the Standard Edition of NBA 2K22 PC. Congratulations once again to DaCrispy, who won the giveaway last year.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is release a mod and upload it to our Downloads section during the month of March 2021, with “March Modness” in the description. The mod may be for any PC version of NBA Live or NBA 2K, but it must be your own work and remain hosted in our Downloads section. Please see below for the full terms and conditions of entry, and good luck!

Once again, I’ll be looking to get into the spirit of the event myself with at least a few releases, hopefully including my long overdue rosters for NBA 2K11. As usual, I also have a few other ideas I’d like to explore, time permitting. Stay tuned for that, and the many fantastic releases I’m sure that we’ll see throughout our fourth annual March Modness!

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PCBasket 2K 3.0 By Shuajota Now Available for NBA 2K20

PCBasket 2K 3.0 Released for NBA 2K20

Shuajota has released V3.0 of the PCBasket 2K mod for NBA 2K20 PC. The mod includes seven different leagues, namely the NBA, WNBA, Euroleague, Eurocup, BCL, ACB, and FIBA. This means that the roster features a total of 143 teams with over 3000 players, including over 500 new faces made from scratch. As per the description:

This roster turns your game into a whole new experience. Enjoy the best European and international basketball competitions with NBA 2K20 PC. This add-on includes in addition to the NBA and WNBA as the default roster, new competitions such as Euroleague, Eurocup, ACB, and FIBA national teams.

The project also includes updated 2021 NBA season rosters. A ton of work has gone into updating ratings, contracts, tendencies, signatures, and so on. The menu art has also been updated for a fresh look.

You can download PCBasket 2K V3.0 here. More information and previews can be found in this topic, or here on Shuajota’s website. A huge congratulations to Shuajota and company on the release of V3.0 of this comprehensive roster project! With March Modness right around the corner, we’re eager to spotlight more great releases from our talented community. Keep an eye out for all of the fantastic work that’s in the pipeline!

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

If you’ve been keeping up with jubba910’s “2K10 & Beyond Project” in our Stories section, you’ll know that he’s up to 2013 season. For those who’d like to play with the rosters from this alternate timeline, they can be found in today’s file additions for NBA 2K13. Give them a look, and be sure to check out the story as well!

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NBA 2K10 & Beyond Project: 12-13 Opening Day Roster

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.

NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition Mod V2.7.1

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

Since releasing the Current & Legendary Edition mod for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2, agent_michael_scarn has done a fantastic job with regular updates. To that end, a new version is now available to download. Key features of V2.7.1 are as follows:

  • Swapped Derrick Rose for Richard Hamilton
  • Updated Blake Griffin’s jersey (incorrect number)
  • Updated Dennis Rodman’s attributes and hair (red with Bulls symbol on back)
  • Updated LaMelo Ball’s attributes

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition here in our Downloads database! For more information on how to install it, as well as previews, further support, or if you just want to say thanks, check out this topic in the Forum

NBA2K5 for NBA 2K20 by RMJH4 Now Available

NBA2K5 for NBA 2K20 by RMJH4

A new retro roster mod is now available for NBA 2K20 PC! With the help of several contributors, RMJH4 has released a 2005 season roster, with the project being aptly titled NBA2K5. Further work is still being done on the rosters, but they are now ready to play with.

You can find NBA2K5 in 2K Share under the name “2004-05 In Progress”, shared by RMJH4. You can also find compatible MyLEAGUE settings, shared under the name “2004-05 Settings”. To download all of the required art files, as well as optional add-ons, visit this topic in the Forum. If you run into any issues or have any feedback on the mod, feel free to post in that topic.

If you’d like to continue beyond the 2005 season in MyLEAGUE, RMJH4 has advised using Thunder Shaq’s Draft Classes, as they are fully compatible with the project. Be sure to check it out, and congratulations to RMJH4 and everyone involved for making the project happen! These retro roster mods are a huge undertaking, and it’s always great to see them come together. RMJH4 has also previously released 2001 and 2002 season rosters for NBA 2K20 PC, so be sure to check them out as well for more retro goodness!

The Friday Five: 5 Crazy Roster Mod Ideas (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 crazy roster mod ideas that I’m throwing out to the community.

March Modness is fast approaching, and I’m once again hoping to be a more active participant this year. Having finished the bulk of the 25th Anniversary of NBA Live content and built up a significant buffer for my weekly articles, I’ve been able to clear some space on the workbench for a bit of modding. There’s only so much that I’ll be able to get done though, which is a shame because I can’t help thinking of fun – and sometimes crazy – roster mod ideas. I’d love to be able to give them a try, but I want to finish up the projects I’ve already started before I move on to something new.

That shouldn’t stop someone else from considering these roster mod ideas though, if the crazy concepts appeal to them. Obviously, there’s more interest in comprehensive retro season mods, current rosters for old games, enhanced current rosters for the latest game, NCAA mods, Euroleague rosters, and so on. I don’t want to discourage the creation of those roster mods at all, because they’re fantastic projects and it’s always great to see them. However, if you’re in the mood to create and play with something that’s a bit different and quirky, then you may want to consider one of the crazy roster mod ideas that I suggested before, or one that I’m putting forth today!

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Wayback Wednesday: Revisiting the NBA Live 2002 Rosters

Wayback Wednesday: Revisiting the NBA Live 2002 Rosters

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 rosters in NBA Live 2002.

As I’ve previously discussed, NBA Live 2002 is a game that I’m oddly nostalgic for. To echo the assessment I made in my 25th Anniversary of NBA Live retrospective, it’s a mixed bag. It has some problems and it wasn’t everything we hoped it would be, but it also featured some welcome improvements. It’s arguably slightly underrated, and I’ve come to look upon it more favourably over the years. Still, if you do go back and spend some time with it, the same issues that were an annoyance when the game was new will soon become apparent. I do enjoy revisiting it, though.

One of the reasons I’m nostalgic for NBA Live 2002 is that it came along at a very memorable time for me. I was entering my final year of high school, I’d just taken over as webmaster of the NLSC, and the NBA landscape was continuing to change. To that last point, Michael Jordan returned to the NBA to play for the Washington Wizards, and while I wasn’t overly thrilled with it at the time – I am a diehard Bulls fan, after all – it was obviously an interesting development. Whenever I look back through the rosters of NBA Live 2002, I’m reminded of that time in my life, and in the NBA. I’m feeling that nostalgia today, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K20

NBA 2K20 Cover Art

If you’re still playing NBA 2K20 PC and you’d like to keep things updated for the current season, today’s File Additions are for you! allebanehtammendoza has released a new 2021 season roster update, while jaychung3013 has uploaded some new converted player faces. You can pick up all of today’s NBA 2K20 file additions at the links below.

jaychung3013
Bradley Beal Face
Collin Sexton Face
Jalen Smith Face
Paul George Face
Stanley Johnson Face

allebanehtammendoza
2020-2021 Roster Update (Updated to v2.2)

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.

NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition Mod V2.6

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

The Current & Legendary Edition mod for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2 has received another update! After adding the James Harden trade in the last release, agent_michael_scarn has made some further fixes and enhances in V2.6:

  • Updated Oladipo’s Jersey Number (4 to 7)
  • Updated Legendary Player Attributes based off 2K stats

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition here in our Downloads database! For more information on how to install it, as well as previews, further support, or if you just want to say thanks, check out this topic in the Forum

U R Basketball 2K13 & 2K14 V81 Released

U R Basketball V81 Released

It’s been a few months since the last release, but a new version of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available for NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC! V81 includes updated 2021 season rosters and artwork, and several other enhancements. It’s a major release, as you can see from the overview of key updates below.

U R Basketball for NBA 2K14 can be downloaded here; please see the release topic here for more information and support. The NBA 2K13 mod is available here, while the release and support topic can be found here. Planned updates include further work on retro shoes, Draft classes, and Association and Season files. Stay tuned to skoadam’s topics for further information and previews of all future releases.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 include the latest version of Big Homie’s NBA 2KTV HD roster project. Check it out at the link below!

Big Homie
NBA 2KTV HD (Updated to v1.3)

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.

NLSC Podcast #359: Like Something Out Of A Video Game!

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #359 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this weekly podcast that’s all about basketball gaming.

The announcement of Giannis Antetokounmpo as the new face of NBA Live Mobile has piqued our interest in the success of the game. As it turns out, it’s performing even better than we realised. This leads us to reflect on how it’s kept the NBA Live brand alive, and what this means for a future console/PC release. The fifteenth anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s historic 81-point game inspires us to not only look back at the achievement, but its impact on the virtual hardwood. We discuss the idea of such performances being described as “something out of a video game”, and the difficulty in replicating those feats. The need for a new challenge mode also comes up. In the mailbag this week, we’re talking about NBA Live’s turning point, and a fantasy scenario involving an upcoming retro roster mod for NBA 2K11.

Join in the conversation in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as mailbag questions and topic suggestions for future shows. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. The show also comes out on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe for future episodes and other video content.

File Additions for NBA 2K20

NBA 2K20 Cover Art

As today’s file additions for NBA 2K20 PC demonstrate, the modding scene for the 2019 release remains very active. The latest releases include converted faces by jaychung3013, retro alternate jerseys by retroman, and a 2021 season roster update by allebanehtammendoza. Download all of today’s NBA 2K20 file additions at the links below!

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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NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition Mod V2.5

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

Following on from an update late last year, agent_michael_scarn has released another new version of the Current & Legendary Edition mod for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2. In light of his recent trade to Brooklyn, it adds James Harden to Nets’ roster. Key features of V2.5 of the mod are as follows:

  • Added Harden to Nets
  • Added Oladipo to Rockets
  • Jermaine O’Neal to Pacers

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition here in our Downloads database! For more information on how to install it, as well as previews, further support, or if you just want to say thanks, check out this topic in the Forum