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Friday, July 26, 2013
Posted on July 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM.

With the not-all-that-surprising news that cover athlete LeBron James will be curating the soundtrack for NBA 2K14 in addition to providing—we presume—actual basketball insight or content, it seems like a good time to talk about the songs that would ACTUALLY be good in a basketball game. I mean, good for LeBron and all, but I have a hearty skepticism about how much he's picking these songs and how much all of the various companies ... Read More
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM.

With 2K Sports announcing that NBA 2K14 will bring 14 Euroleague teams in for Exhibition and Online play, it seems like a good time to consult my favorite man abroad, Noam Schiller, for some lowdown on the the teams included (which, in case you haven’t seen, are listed in this Yahoo! Sports article).

Schiller, who lives in Israel and covers the NBA and Israeli league for Hardwood Paroxysm (a site I also write ... Read More
Friday, June 28, 2013
Posted on June 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM.

In spite of everyone’s kind of wishy-washy feelings about the 2013 NBA Draft, the event itself provided certainly didn’t lack for surprise and intrigue. There might not have been any clearly transformative players on the board last night, but that might actually have fueled the topsy-turvy way things went. Anthony Bennett went first to the Cavaliers, which almost no analysts were predicting, and several big trades went down. The ... Read More
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Posted on June 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM.

It's a big week with E3 going down and, naturally, the first reveals of next gen basketball titles. Let's start with NBA Live 14:

This certainly looks very cinematic, which you can take as either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on if this is actually the engine running ... Read More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

With the Conference Finals under way, it's a good time to look at the teams who just got knocked out of the Playoffs and see what lies ahead for them, both in real life and in NBA 2K13. We'll start with the Western Conference's ousted teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors.

The Good News: The Oklahoma City Thunder have their flaws—for sure—but their flameout in ... Read More
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM.

I have no scientific evidence to back this up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the majority of people playing MyCareer are guards, followed by small forwards, and then power forwards and centers. It would make sense: the game is easier to control and more satisfying—at least immediately—when you get to be the one calling the plays and handling the ball. But there are ways to tailor the game and adjust your approach ... Read More
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Posted on April 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM.

Now that we're wading hip-deep into the first round of the NBA Playoffs, it seems like a good time to run a couple simulations down with NBA 2K13. So I seeded the playoffs just as they are, including up-to-date injuries as of right now—that is, no David Lee, no Kobe, no Derrick Rose. I simmed 12 minute quarters and turned injuries off, figuring that although injuries might happen in real life, allowing them to happen in the ... Read More
Monday, April 15, 2013
Posted on April 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM.

I watch a lot of NBA games, and one thing I hear all the time from people who don't is that it's only the last five minutes that matter, so why bother to watch the whole game? What they're neglecting is that the first 43 minutes are what makes the last five possible, what shapes and sets up how those final five are going to go down, and I don't just mean by making the game close.

Once you become familiar with different ... Read More
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Posted on April 4, 2013 at 08:42 PM.

One of the areas that 2K Sports has seeked to develop over the last several years of the NBA 2K franchise is the number of licensed shoes in the game. We’ve certainly come a long way from the days when Iverson was the only player with brand-name shoes in the game, but let’s face it: not all the shoe models are created equal.

It looks like all the shoes are built on one of three essential models: low-top, mid-top ... Read More
Monday, March 25, 2013
Posted on March 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

I freely admit it: when it comes to video game basketball, I love the little things. I don't mean getting the sneakers and accessories right—although when I see people who do obsess about such stuff, I have no problem with it, just because my own concerns are so specific and micro-tuned.

As someone who writes about the real-life NBA a fair amount, what I'm most interested in are the ways that NBA 2K can bring ... Read More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Posted on March 20, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

Zach Lowe over at Grantland has the most in-depth look anyone's had so far at the kind of data that's being churned out by STATS, LLC's SportVU system. If you weren't aware of it, half the teams in the league (New York, Orlando, Boston, Washington, Milwaukee, Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Golden State, Houston, San Antonio, and Phoenix) have installed the SportVU camera system at a cost ... Read More
Friday, March 8, 2013

Following up on my previous post about Stan Van Gundy and video games, I spoke with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams about his experience with basketball video games after their 87-82 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Williams started playing basketball video games after he'd already started playing in real life. "I probably started with NBA Live," he said. "I think McGrady was on ... Read More
Monday, March 4, 2013
Posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM.

So I was in Boston this past weekend covering the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference for ESPN's TrueHoop Network, and one of the most interesting panels of the weekend was the last one, Basketball Analytics. An array of guests (including Spurs GM R.C. Buford, Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard and Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren) talked about the ways their teams employ advanced stats and analytics and what the future looks like ... Read More
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Posted on February 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

There’s little doubt that the leap from the last generation of consoles to this generation meant more to games like NBA 2K than the leap from this generation to the next will. I can still remember the first screenshots I saw of NBA 2K6 and how startlingly realistic they seemed at the time. The fabric of the jerseys moved, the eyes tracked the ball, the hair … well, OK, the hair still didn’t move.

And in a lot ... Read More
Monday, February 18, 2013
Posted on February 18, 2013 at 01:28 PM.

I have as much fun as anyone building a team around a few superstars in NBA 2K13. It’s fun to pick a different position of emphasis and then see what you can do building around young up-and-comers like Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis (or both if you want some serious fast break fun). But inevitably, after the first few rounds of any fantasy draft, you have to start picking the bench, and not all benches are created equal. So what ... Read More

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