Saturday, December 2, 2017

My First NBA 2K18 Perfect Release Brick

It turns out that the "Perfect" green beam release in NBA 2K18 isn't so perfect. Here's a quick video showing the proof. It would totally suck if this happened in in the closing seconds of a tight game.

I've done some research about the "perfect" green release in NBA 2K. Apparently, a green release shot will have a higher chance of going in, but it doesn't guarantee that it will.

Interesting. Franklin said it best, " this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

NBA 2K18 MyTEAM Weekly Challenges Rewards

This week (begins every Friday) marks the final MyTEAM Weekly Challenges token to unlock overall 89 ruby '07 San Antonio Spur Bruce Bowen.

If you need a 3-point shooter, this card will certainly fill that void. With a 95 open/94 contested shot 3pt attribute rating, this ruby Bruce Bowen card puts him at the top of the elite small forwards that can shoot.

For me personally, the first weekly challenges rewards card, sapphire Dee Brown, didn't do much. I was already overloaded with great guards at the one position but this Bruce Bowen card will definitely get some playing time.

If you're keeping up with these weekly challenges then you don't need me to tell you that overall 92 amethyst '08 New Jersey Net Kenyon Martin is next for the unlocking. This card is an absolute beast at the boards. He'll be cleaning the glass for sure.

So who's next after Kenyon? Who knows but I've found these online predictions from fellow gamers:
  1. Dee Brown (done)
  2. Bruce Bowen (done)
  3. Kenyon Martin (current)
  4. Shawn Kemp
  5. Rick Barry
  6. David Robinson
  7. Nate Thurmond
If these predictions are correct, there won't be any Laker weekly challenge reward cards. That sucks. Last year I was able to unlock pink diamond Elgin Baylor.

If you have your predictions that differ from this list, leave your comments below. I will be sure to post them in my update post.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rim Rockers Complete Collection Reward Ruby Overall 88 '02 Kobe Bryant

So it finally happened. Since my addiction playing the NBA 2K MyTeam game mode years ago, I've earned my first Frobe (Younger #8 donning Kobe Bryant with a fro).

I've never found it important to get Frobe since 2K will inevitably release a higher gem Kobe virtual card later, however this year, Frobe is a rewards card which makes him rare and not as exhausted in online gameplay. 

Rare v-cards come with a hefty price tag though. It's going to either cost you a lot monetarily or take a lot of your time to earn the necessary MT to get this card. For me personally, the entire Rim Rockers collection cost me over 400K MT. This is by far the most MT I've spent for just one card. Call me foolish, but what can I say, I'm a HUGE Kobe fan.

I will share some gameplay soon. I  just wanted to post something quick about my latest Laker squad addition. Pretty exited to cheese his 97 contact dunk and 92 speed with ball attribute ratings.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Updated All-Time Lakers Squad Gameplay

I've updated my all-time Lakers squad with Amethyst coach Steve Kerr, Rim Rocker Michael Cooper, Court Vision Nick Van Exel, and Lakers Historic Karl Malone.

In this video I debut Malone but honestly Brook Lopez steals the show. I hope you enjoy the video!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Video: Debuting My NBA 2K18 Lakers Squad

Here's a video debuting my NBA 2K18 Lakers squad. I'm looking forward to building my all-time Lakers team as the season progresses.

In this video I talk about the new defensive settings menu, free throw recommendations, lack of a shot meter inside the key, new shot meter location, layup struggles, and more.

I hope you enjoy this video!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Complete Lakers Collection Derek Fisher Historic Card Unlocked

After grinding for MT, I was able to purchase all of the current Lakers player cards to unlock the complete collection rewards card - 88 overall Derek Fisher Lakers Historic Card.

I am going to try really hard to only invest $100 into this game this season. With the new rewards system, this goal might be possible. NBA 2K18 isn't rewarding it's players necessarily on card collections, some big rewards cards are unlocked by completing certain game modes.

With that being said however, you always have to be cautious with your wallet when NBA 2K18 starts to release new packs. I digress. This quick video shows you the first Lakers Historic Card that you can get. D. Fish wasn't available in NBA 2K17 MyTEAM so this ruby card is worth the grind to be able to play him this early in the game. I will be posting some gameplay using him soon!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Online Gameplay Against Big C Richy

Recently I was matched up in MyTEAM Online against one of my favorite NBA 2K YouTubers, Big C Richy. Big C Richy posts great videos of different teams and players and they're fun to watch. Be sure to subscribe to his channel below.

Big C Richy's YouTube Channel

He used his God Squad and I used my All-Time Lakers Squad. When you play against gamers of his caliber your game is naturally elevated which was the case here.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Single Pack Pull Diamond Rudy Gobert

Still getting lucky this late in the game. Last night I pulled overall 95 diamond Rudy Gobert from a single Playoffs pack. This is officially my first diamond pull from a single pack.

I'm selling him for 28K MT in the auction house. Get him for cheap while you still can.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Online Gameplay: Kareem's Perfect Game Spoiled by OT Thriller

In this game, I was able to go 13-13 (26-points) with Kareem. All of his skyhook attempts were perfect green beams. Great game spoiled by an OT thriller against a solid opponent.

If you don't have Kareem in your lineup, you're missing out. Master his online skyhook (timing of offline skyhook is completely different) and you will dominate the online leagues! Enjoy the video.

Music credit: "Asian Strings" and "Space Beats" Composed by Ezra Garcia.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gameplay: Debuting Diamond Kobe and Exposing Online Cheater

I picked up diamond Kobe thinking that his Dynamic Duo (DD) was Shaq. Apparently I missed the memo. Paul George is Kobe's DD. Why? I don't see the coalition between the two players.

So I ended up selling my Amethyst Mikan card for 100K MT! This really put me in prime position to get diamond Kobe in the Auction house. Who knew my Mikan card would be so valuable? It must be a rare card.

In this video I'm debuting diamond Kobe and also exposing an online gamer who cheated a loss out of me even though I was beating him quite convincingly. Please learn from my experience when you play against theses nerds who are taking advantage of system glitches. I've reported the issue to the NBA 2K support team to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.

Enjoy the video!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jerry West/Wilt Chamberlain Dynamic Duo Gameplay Debut

With the new "Dynamic Duos" packs there are now auction house hidden gems! I snagged Laker Amethyst Big Men Wilt Chamberlain for only 18K MT. His dynamic duo teammate is Laker Diamond Jerry West.

With the dynamic duo boosts, Wilt is now an overall 94 diamond card and West jumps to 97! His DD 3pt shot ratings match his pink diamond 3pt shot ratings!

Here's their dynamic duo gameplay debut. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Shaq Drills A Full Court Shot While Shaqtin' A Fool

So I was recently killed in an online game using my Lakers All-Time Squad but in the closing seconds Shaq went nuts. Enjoy the quick video.

Friday, June 2, 2017

NBA 2K18 Game Cover Featuring First Cav Ever

I tweeted this last night during game 1. Kyrie is the first Cav to make cover of the most decorated basketball game franchise ever. Not bad for repping Cleveland. 

See all past covers by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Newest Addition To My All-Time Lakers Squad

I just pulled Overall 98 Diamond Playoff Performers Shaquille O'Neal! It did cost my $50 for the VC but I'll still take it. This marks my final VC purchase for this game. I'm content with my All-Time Lakers Squad.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gameplay Video: Posterizing Dunk By Kobe Bryant

This has to be hands down the most vicious dunk I've done with Kobe. I had to capture it. It was done during an online game. Enjoy the video clip.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NBA 2K18 - Shaq Making NBA 2K17 Gaming Community Rumble!

It's official, Shaquille O'Neal is on the "Legend" edition cover of NBA 2K18 which will be available for early pick up on Sept. 15th (4-days early) if you pre-order. Check out this funny video. Great job NBA 2K team! It's always fun to see Shaq and Kobe together again, albeit a video game promo. It doesn't matter, Laker fans will take it. The Shaq/Kobe era is definitely missed.

Since this announcement, there's so much that's happened in the NBA 2K17 gaming community!

NBA 2K17 released an overall 99 Free Agent Shaq card (4 contracts). Just enter in the above locker code and he's yours. NBA 2K17 also has three exclusive 10K MT Moments Challenges. This is a fun way to earn 30K MT while using the most dominating center the sport has ever seen.

NBA 2K17 has also announced two pre-order options for early tip-off access to next years game. Click below for more information.,28zu0
This week has been an EPIC week for Laker and NBA 2K17 fans! I wish I can keep this card permanently for my Lakers squad!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Finally Got Pink Diamond Elgin Baylor!

The grind was definitely real folks. After what felt like an eternity of completing those pesky MyTEAM weekly challenges, I've finally reached the top of my NBA 2K17 MyTEAM gaming experience! I've just got my first and most likely only Pink Diamond card and arguably the Lakers greatest small forward of all-time - overall 99 Elgin Baylor!

This card is the second best Lakers card along side Kobe's pink diamond reward card and overall sixth best card of the game! For more information about this card click below.

Pink Diamond Elgin Baylor

Enjoy the video!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Moments Challenge: Statue Salute - Shaq Finally Gets His Statue!

NBA 2K17 recently released a new Moments "Statue Salute" Challenge paying homage to Shaq's statue unveiling at STAPLES Center on March 24th.

Moments Challenge Specifics
Challenge Description: Comeback from a 15-point deficit in the 4th quarter against a historic Trailblazers team and win the game of course
MT Reward: 1500
Lineup Requirements: Use 4 Laker players
Difficulty Level: All-Star
Quarter Length: 5-Minutes

So I will tell you that this challenge was not easy! For 1500 MT, this was no walk in the park. I didn't keep count of all my failed attempts but I'm pretty certain it was over five. Pippen is a beast on this Trailblazers team. As the video will explain, be sure to match him up effectively.

Come out strong and be aggressive. Use players with high steal attribute ratings. Use a solid center against Sabonis and remember that Sabonis is an excellent outside perimeter shooter for a big man. When you get the lead, MILK THE CLOCK. Be smart. Don't underestimate this team.

Enjoy the video!

Friday, March 24, 2017

On My Radar: Pink Diamond Elgin Baylor

Finally! I've completed the last set of weekly challenges to get Overall 95 Diamond Rewards George McGinnis. Now, to what is going to be my highest rated card for my Lakers squad, Overall 99 Pink Diamond Rewards Elgin Baylor.

This card is the 5th best card in NBA 2K17! To think I will be able to showcase this beauty in online gameplay in just 5 weeks!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pick D As Your Favorite #2KTVLineup Week 1

Hello fellow NBA 2K17 gamers! In the 100th 2KTV episode your very own @LakerLiker was picked as a #2KTVLineup Week 1 contender. As of today, I'm in 2nd place...

The mere fact that NBA 2K17 has my lineup on their 100th episode is pretty cool. I'm soaking it in since this is my 15 seconds of fame. Ha! 

Be sure to vote D as your favorite 2KTVLineup Week 1 fave either via their YouTube channel comments or in the game.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

All NBA 2K17 MyTEAM Badges

Here is the badge collection for NBA 2K17 MyTEAM. I thought this would help fellow gamers. Any below-mentioned badge (when applied) will enhance the player's abilities. I don't quite understand the effect of upgraded badges (from bronze to gold). Perhaps gold badges have an increased percentage for that ability? Leave your comments below if you could explain this.  

Corner Specialist
Known for his ability to knock down threes from the corner
Mid-Range Deadeye
Knocks down contested shots from medium-range at a very high percentage
Deep Range Deadeye
Knocks down contested shot from deep range at a very high percentage
Limitless Range
Can knock down very deep threes better than most

Sunday, March 5, 2017

On My Radar - Diamond (94) Deep Shooters Jerry West

Just take my money NBA 2K17. For those of you like me who are budget gamers, this Overall 94 Diamond Deep Shooters Jerry West is the closest you're going to get to his Overall 99 Pink Diamond Rewards counterpart.

This card is definitely on my radar. I currently have 60K MT saved and I'm in the process of selling several Amethyst single pack card pulls. This card will be in my ultimate Lakers squad very soon! In fact I sold my Overall 92 Amethyst Lockdown Jerry West card to help build my MT. He sold quickly for 45K MT.

Granted, this diamond card isn't as effective defensively as his Lockdown card but his offensive consistency is killer at 95. I need deep shooters in my lineup and with his 93 open shot 3pt this diamond will help Byron Scott coming off the bench. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Grinding it out to get Weekly Challenge Diamond (95) Willis Reed

Diamond (95) Willis Reed is now in my collection. What does this really mean? Well, we're inching closer to the ultimate Weekly Challenges Rewards Card - Pink Diamond (99) Elgin Baylor to add to our Lakers squad. The only card left ahead of us is Diamond (95) George McGinnis.

A little about Willis Reed - In the 1969-70 NBA season Reed became the first player in NBA history to be named the NBA All-Star Game MVP, the NBA regular season MVP, and the NBA Finals MVP in the same season. Reed was best known for playing a pivitol part to stopping the Lakers in the 1970 NBA Championship. In the first four games of that seven-game series, Reed averaged 32 ppg against a very strong Lakers team which included Lakers big man Wilt Chamberlain. Reed was able to contain Chamberlain to just 19 ppg.

Then in Game 5 Reed suffered a severe thigh muscle tear. In a Reed-less game 6, Chamberlain went off and scored 45 points and grabbed 27 rebounds, consequently forcing a game 7. No one expected Reed's return and all hope went out the window for Knicks fans.

With the help of a Cortisone shot and Reed's relentless will to compete, a hobbling Reed suited up for game 7. Reed with limited playing time was able to yet again contain Chamberlain and help the Knicks win their first title.

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Kobe dunking on Pippen while Jordan watches in awe

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Diamond James Worthy now a 98 overall!

Like I said in my previous post, Lady Luck is on my side. Recently the NBA 2K17 Blog informed its gamers of a Valentines Day themed "We Love You" game update. One of the big changes added is the rating scale change to all diamond and pink diamond cards. Diamonds now range from 93-98 while pink diamond cards are now reserved for the 99 overall players. With that being said, Diamond Worthy went from an overall 95 to an overall 98!

So in a matter of a week my Lakers starting lineup upgraded to new dynamic duo cards and now an overall 98 Diamond Worthy! If only I can win online using this squad. :)

Also, I saved enough MT to pick up overall 90 Amethyst All-Star Weekend Mikan. This version is a weaker counterpart to his overall 97 Diamond rewards card but I'll definitely take it! It was only 24K MT off the auction market. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

New Dynamic Duos for Magic/Kareem and Kobe/Pau!

I am now at peace. As Phil would put it, I've found my zen. My ultimate Lakers squad is complete, at the moment. Of course I still have my eyes on other cards like pink diamond Elgin Baylor. So, here it is...My starting lineup (I believe) consists of the all-time Laker greats at their respective positions.

This squad is absolute fire for those of you who are creating their Lakers squads. Again, my one regret is not picking up diamond Mikan when I completed historic domination. At the time, I didn't think I was going to create a Lakers team. Oh well. I've done the research and there are other ways of earning him albeit very tough paths.

I digress and I will wallow with the players I currently have. :)

As an added bonus, NBA 2K17 MyTEAM recently added dynamic duos for Kareem/Magic and Kobe/Pau. 

I've shared some 1st quarter online gameplay of me debuting those dynamic duos. You'll also see how dominant Kareem's skyhook is. I ultimately lost the game by 2 but my opponent was really good and had a better lineup. I don't mind losing against great players. There have been online comments about how difficult it is to green release Kareem's skyhook. While I agree, it does take some practice to time his signature move perfectly as you'll see in the video clip.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pink Diamond (96) Rewards Elgin Baylor

Ever since I've put all of my time on building just my Lakers squad in MyTEAM, it's a lot easier to focus on certain cards. This pink diamond rewards Elgin Baylor is definitely on my radar now. I just learned that this card can be obtained simply by completing the Weekly Challenges. I wish I would have discovered this sooner since I've lost several weekly challenges opportunities. 

To get  this card you'll have to be little patient as it comes just after you've earned diamond George McGinnis. Here is the Weekly Challenge Rewards in case you were wondering:
  • Robert Pack / Sapphire / 84 Overall
  • Michael Cooper / Ruby / 87 Overall
  • Kevin Johnson / Amethyst / 92 Overall
  • Willis Reed / Diamond / 95 Overall
  • George McGinnis / Diamond / 95 Overall
  • Elgin Baylor / Pink Diamond / 96 Overall
  • Bob Pettit / Pink Diamond / 98 Overall
So if my math is right and I complete the weekly challenges from this point on, I should have this card by the first week of May. Patience is of the essence.    

Saturday, January 28, 2017

NBA 2K17 MyTEAM Jeremy Lin Moments Challenge

NBA 2K17 is now giving gamers the opportunity to win special rewards player cards from Moments Challenges albeit an overall 89 ruby Jeremy Lin. As of recent, rewards cards were much harder to get. Just for one example, you have to complete weekly challenges (5 challenges per week) to earn challenge tokens and after collecting your 5th challenge token (25 completed challenges in total) you get your hard-earned prize. Obviously, the more rewards cards you get through these challenge tokens the better the next rewards card gets. I'm currently aiming to get overall 95 diamond Willis Reed.

There's other strenuous ways of earning special rewards player cards but to see that NBA 2K17 MyTEAM has changed it up a bit to make it a little easier for gamers to get these cards is great.

This particular Moments Challenge is helping ring in the Chinese New Year by revisiting the "Linsanity" era where Lin had a double-double (28 points/14 assists) back on Feb. 19th, 2012 (at home) vs the defending champion Mavericks, snapping their 6-game winning streak at the time.

Lineup Restrictions: None
Requirements: Win the game and get 20 team assists
Reward: Overall 89 Ruby Jeremy Lin Rewards Card
Difficulty: Superstar
Quarter Length: 4 Minutes

Here is a recap of Jeremy Lin's spectacular streak of unbelievable games through his Linsanity era as a New York Knick courtesy of Clyde Graffix...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

10K MT Moments Challenge: Carmelo Anthony - 20 Hours Left To Complete!

NBA 2K17 MyTEAM has released the latest BIG MT reward Moments Challenge. If you want to earn a quick 10K MT you better act fast! You technically only have 20 hours left.

This particular Moments Challenge is reliving Melo's 62-point performance at home vs Jordan's Bobcats back on January 24th 2014. To earn the 10K MT you'll have to score 62 or more and win the game.

Lineup restrictions: Use Melo and any two Knicks players
Difficulty level: All-Star
Quarter length: 6 minutes

Watch every field goal made from that night below...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Just Pulled Amethyst Moments Russell Westbrook

This just Amethyst Moments Russell Westbrook pull from a single League pack. With this pull NBA 2K17 now only owes me $300 in pack rip-offs. J/K :)

I just sold this card for 35K MT. Nice quick sell to inch my way closer to Kareem's Big Men card. He's still easily going for 100K+ in the auction house. Crazy.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Will the real Mel Counts please stand up

Not knowing who Mel Counts is (his Lakers career was well before my time) I assumed he was the correct player shown on his Lakers Historic Card. Apparently it is not.

This is how I discovered the honest mistake by NBA 2K17. I played Mel Counts for the first time and to my surprise his player looked nothing like his card image. So I did some research. NBA 2K17 has correctly illustrated Mel Counts in his actual gameplay version but they used the wrong image for his Historic card. I believe this is how it happened. As I was researching Mel Counts I came across this photo. Does it look familiar? This is the same image NBA 2K17 used for their card however the getty images photo caption is incorrect. That is not Mel Counts high-fiving Kareem; That is Spencer Haywood high-fiving Kareem who BTW also wore the #31 jersey.

You're welcome NBA 2K17 :) 

Monday, January 2, 2017

My First Diamond Shoe!

I made the decision to stop building my card collection. I think reality sunk in that I would never get pink diamond Kobe. I simply don't have the time nor money to invest on such a challenge. The upside to all of this was selling my big gem cards and building my MT. In fact I was able to build my MT to 100K+!

Honestly the main reason I stopped at 1100 cards was because I had earned the final MT reward at that level and I already have amethyst historic Kobe. That card is great in itself. Yes, having his pink counterpart alongside pink diamond Jerry West would be awesome but I'm already strong at the one with Magic and like I've mentioned, historic Kobe plays very well for me.

So, the only thing left to do was to start creating my all-time Lakers squad with my mound of MT. This was perfect timing since NBA 2K17 MyTEAM just released the complete Lakers franchise historic collection with a diamond James Worthy (95) collection reward card to boot!

After attempting to nab "Big Men" Kareem off several bidding wars I gave up and decided to go after the franchise historic Lakers. Can you believe Wilt is going for 200K+?! Kareem is going for a modest 150K+ MT. I can't compete with that kind of fire power.

I was able to grab all historic Lakers except for Jamaal Wilkes who I intentionally did not purchase since his price tag is dropping by the minute. I'm looking to capitalize by getting him cheap soon to complete the collection and get my diamond Worthy reward.

BTW - having this new Lakers lineup is so much fun to play with online. I conveyed my online losing frustrations in a recent post but since then I am in domination mode having won 6-straight in the Sapphire League. This feat earned me a diamond shoe (see video above). The diamond show is the Converse Chuck Taylor which boosts +9 hands/+9 mid shot/+9 Speed with ball. I applied this infinite shoe to Magic. He could use the extra speed boost!

Let me know what you think about these diamond shoes. Apparently I can potentially win more as I climb the MyTEAM online league.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

NBA 2K17 MyTEAM Lakers Lineup

After grinding it out to get my 1100th card, I finally got my last MT reward. So, what do you do with 40K MT to spend? Grind it out some more to get another 50+ cards or just YOLO in the new year by picking up a big gem card?

Screw it, I went ahead and purchased an auctioned amethyst historic Magic for just under 50K MT. I had to sell several more cards to get to that needed 50K MT but it was well worth it. This was my second biggest card purchase given I've only done this for one other player - Ruby Moments Curry. My luckiest pack opening pull however came in the hands of an amethyst historic Kobe so it was only fitting that I get his predecessor to compliment my Lakers squad.

It's actually VERY fun to play my Lakers lineup online. Opponents get a kick out of me reliving the showtime era with Magic's signature no-look dimes. When I use my elite squad online I often find myself playing against similar cards so to break the monotony I occasionally use this Lakers lineup.

My current Lakers lineup as shown above: 1) Magic 2) The GOAT 3) Big Shot Robert Horry 4) Sleepy Sam Perkins 5) The Flop Vlade Divac 6) Coop 7) Gold Moments Swaggy P 8) Emerald Moments Lou Williams 9) Nick Van Exel 10) Rick Fox 11) Lakers (current) team collection reward Darrall Imhoff 12) Gold Moments Julius Randle 13) Rudy Larusso.

I have Dick Barnett (83) on rotation with Larusso. Below are all other Lakers that can be picked up for cheap or for high MT - for instance, you can grab Wilt for 100K+ if your bid is high enough. I just checked and there's a current bid of 222K!!!

Full MyTEAM Lakers collection as of 01/01/17 courtesy of 2KMT Central

I have my eyes on rubies A.C. Green and Byron Scott. How does NBA 2K17 release Laker Historic Dwight Howard over Shaq? Haha.

My one regret in this game was picking up Diamond Ben Wallace over Diamond George Mikan as my Historic Domination reward player. If I would have known I was going to create my all-time Lakers squad I would have grabbed Mikan. Dang it!