-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- E A S P O R T ' S : N B A L i v e 2003 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- NBA Live 2003 FAQ for PS2 (Playstation 2) FAQ created by Mad Monarch Gyl Mad Monarch Gyl (evil_tyrant_gyl@hotmail.com) Copyright 2003 by Mad Monarch Gyl Created: May 4, 2003 (05.04.03) MSN Contact: evil_tyrant_gyl@hotmail.com Version: Final Disclaimer: This FAQ/Walkthrough is created for personal use only, meaning it should not be used for anything that gains any money. Magazines, Game Guides, Websites in particular should not have this guide with out my permission. Ripping off part(s) of this FAQ/Walkthrough and putting it as your own results you to be guilty of the crime "Plagiarism". Plagiarism is an act of stealing, ripping off, copying ideas or words of another person and taking it as your own without a crediting the real source the just way that he/she should have been thanked. To simply put it, Plagiarism is bad. Also, you could never ever use this FAQ/Walkthrough to make your own FAQ/Walkthrough, you must do everything yourself or if you do somehow use this or any other guide you should give proper credit to the author. Also, you could have this FAQ/Walkthrough on your website provided that not a single character has been altered and you must have my permission before you could do so. If you didn't have my permission then you have crossed the lines of the copyrights law. By the way, you could print the whole thing/parts of the FAQ/Walkthrough though. "Walang nakawan pare..." (Please don't steal =P) The guide could only be seen at: www.gamefaqs.com (D' Original) www.cheatcc.com www.neoseeker.com www.cheatcodes.com www.cheatplanet.com Contents: I. Introduction II. Revisions III. Controls IV. 2003 Team Roster Update V. Game Modes VI. Create Player (Ratings explained only) VII. Scoring Tips VIII. Defensive Tips IX. 1 on 1 ball checks X. Freestyle Controls XI. FAQs XII. Credits *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- * Introduction - *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Finally completing the NBA Live 2003 FAQ for the PC version I've made up my mind to create one for the PS2 version as well. I couldn't say that I'm a NBA Live master but my skill is fair enough. Anyway that isn't on our league so why discuss it anyway the FAQ is basically composed of what you see in the content. They're rather basic and the tips if not are already learned by you guys so I'll just throw in some notes there. It's a pleasure to be of service again so let's just move on! *-*-*-*-*-*-* * Revisions * *-*-*-*-*-*-* May 4, 2003 (05.04.03) Final Version ------------------------------------ I guess this as a Final Version already is a great Idea as far as the guide/FAQ is concerned people would merely need this I guess just for basis of current rosters would be it. Overall the guide is very basic and would just supply you with things that you possibly don't or has not yet discovered yet. So there! May 7, 2003 (05.07.03) <8:37 AM> Just a Quick Update ---------------------------------------------------- I've declared the guide's last update but then again just to post the list of website you could view this guide. I'ts listed just below the disclaimer so go have a look. If the sire you've viewed this isn't on the list then just report them to me and we'll make the move. *-*-*-*-*-*- * Controls - *-*-*-*-*-*- *This is just the default setting as I believe most are used to it. _____ _____ |L1,L2| |R1,R2| /-------\ /-------\ / _ \____________/ \ | _| |_ ___ ___ T | | |_ _| |Sel| |Str| S O | | |_| __ __ X | \ / \ / \ / \ |LAS |----|RAS | / \ / \__/ \__/ \ / \___/ \___/ L2 - Direct Pass/Direct Switch L1 - Face Up/Box out D-Pad - Play calling left analog stick - Movement Triangle button - Rebound/Block/Spin Move Square button - Steal/Crossover/Hesitation X button - Pass/Switch Circle Button - Shoot/Take Charge right anaog stick - Freestyle Controls R1 - Turbo button R2 - Alley-oop/Last guy back *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* * 2003 Team Roster Update * *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* I'll simply be enumerating the Rosters that's listed according to when you check their list on sign/release rosters. They're fairly straightforward as to the legends just follow them and it'll be fine. Some rosters aren't present and it's upto you whether you should create them or not. I won't be putting on how to create them here though. To make things easier I suggest you start out with Atlanta as the first team in order and simply release/sign rosters that's on the list. If they're not on either parts just move on to the next team and do the same. Once's you've completed till Washington start over and surely those missing players are now listed in the FA. Just use a marker to not make things confusing. *** - Not Present (Position Abbrv.) - Position Change suggestion (Number) - Jersey Number Change Atlanta ------- Shareef Abdur-Rahim Chris Crawford Emanual Davis Dan Dickau Dion Glover Darvin Ham Alan Henderson Jermaine Jackson DerMarr Johnson Nazr Mohammed Ira Newble Theo Ratliff Glenn Robinson Jason Terry Boston ------ Tony Battie Mark Blount J.R. Bremer Kedrick Brown Mark Bryant *** Bimbo Coles Tony Delk Grant Long *** Walter McCarty Paul Pierce Bruno Sundov Antoine Walker Eric Williams Chicago ------- Dalibor Bagaric Lonny Baxter *** Corie Blount Rick Brunson Tyson Chandler Jamal Crawford Eddy Curry Marcus Fizer Trenton Hassell Fred Hoiberg Donyell Marshall Roger Mason Jr. Eddie Robinson Jalen Rose Jay Williams Cleaveland ---------- Carlos Boozer Tierre Brown Ricky Davis DeSagana Diop Zydrunas Ilgauskas Jumaine Jones Chris Mihm Darius Miles - SF Milt Palacio Smush Parker *** Michael Stewart Dajuan Wagner Dallas ------ Tariq Abdul-Wahad Raja Bell *** Shawn Bradley Evan Eschmeyer Michael Finley Adrian Griffin Avery Johnson Popeye Jones Raef LaFrentz Eduardo Najera Steve Nash Dirk Nowitzki Antoine Rigaudeau *** Nick Van Exel Walt Williams Denver ------ Chris Andersen Ryan Bowen Marcus Camby Junior Harrington *** Donnell Harvey Nene Hilario Juwan Howard Predrag Savovic Nikoloz Tskitishvili Rodney White Shammond Williams Vincent Yarbrough *** Detroit ------- Chucky Atkins Jon Barry Chauncey Billups Michael Curry Hubert Davis Richard Hamilton Danny Manning Mehmet Okur Tayshaun Prince *** Zeljko Rebraca Don Reid Clifford Robinson Pepe Sanchez *** Ben Wallace Corliss Williamson Golden State ------------ Gilbert Arenas Earl Boykins *** Erick Dampier Mike Dunleavy Jr Danny Fortson Adonal Foyle Antawn Jamison Chris Mills Troy Murphy Jason Richardson Bob Sura Jiri Welsch Houston ------- Kelvin Cato Jason Collier Steve Francis Eddie Griffin Juaquin Hawkins *** Tito Maddox *** Cuttino Mobley Terence Morris Bostjan Nachbar Moochie Norris James Posey Glen Rice Maurice Taylor Yao Ming *** Indiana ------- Ron Artest Jonathan Bender Jamison Brewer Primoz Brezec Austin Croshere Jeff Foster Tim Hardawaty Al Harrington Fred Jones Ron Mercer Brad Miller Reggie Miller Jermaine O'Neal Erick Strickland Jamaal Tinsley Los Angeles Clippers -------------------- Elton Brand Keyon Dooling Melvin Ely *** Tremaine Fowlkes Marko Jaric Corey Maggette Andre Miller Lamar Odom Michael Olowokandi Cherokee Parks Eric Piatkowski Quentin Richardson Sean Rooks Zhizhi Wang Chris Wilcox Los Angeles Lakers ------------------ Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher Rick Fox Devean George Robert Horry Mark Madsen Stanislav Medvedenko Tracy Murray * Shaquille O'Neal Jannero Pargo Kareem Rush Brian Shaw Samaki Walker Memphis ------- Robert Archibald *** Mike Batiste *** Shane Battier Michael Dickerson Pau Gasol Ryan Humphrey Brevin Knight Mike Miller Chris Owens *** Wesley Person Stromile Swift Cezary Trybanski Earl Watson Jason Williams Lorenzen Wright Miami ----- Malik Allen Travis Best Caron Butler Rasual Butler Anthony Carter LaPhonso Ellis Brian Grant Eddie House Mike James Ken Johnson *** Eddie Jones Sean Lampley *** Sean Marks Vladimir Stepania Milwaukee --------- Jason Caffey Sam Cassell - PG Dan Gadzuric Marcus Haislip Ervin Johnson Toni Kukoc Anthony Mason Desmond Mason - SF Gary Payton - SG Joel Przybilla Michael Redd *** Jamal Sampson *** Tim Thomas - PF Minessota --------- Terrell Brandon Kevin Garnett Kendall Gill Troy Hudson Marc Jackson Felipe Lopez Radoslav Nesterovic Anthony Peeler Igor Rakocevic *** Joe Smith Rod Strickland Wally Szczerbiak Gary Trent Mike Wilks Loren Woods New Jersey ---------- Brandon Armstrong Jason Collins Jamie Feick* Lucious Harris Richard Jefferson Anthony Johnson Jason Kidd Kerry Kittles Donny Marshall Kenyon Martin Dikembe Mutombo Rodney Rogers Brian Scalabrine Tamar Slay Aaron Williams New Orleans ----------- Courtney Alexander Kenny Anderson Stacey Augmon P.J. Brown Baron Davis Bryce Drew Kirk Haston George Lynch Jamaal Magloire Jamal Mashburn Jerome Moiso Robert Pack Robert Traylor David Wesley New York -------- Shandon Anderson Michael Doleac Howard Eisley Othella Harrington Allan Houston Travis Knight Antonio McDyess Lee Nailon Mark Pope Lavor Postell Latrell Sprewell Kurt Thomas Charlie Ward Clarence Weatherspoon Frank Williams Orlando ------- Darrell Armstrong Pat Burke *** Andrew DeClercq Pat Garrity Gordan Giricek - 7 Drew Gooden - 9 Grant Hill Steven Hunter Shawn Kemp Tracy McGrady Olumide Oyedeji Jeryl Sasser Jacque Vaughn Chris Whitney Philladelphia ------------- Greg Buckner Sam Clancy Derrick Coleman Samuel Dalembert Tyrone Hill Allen Iverson Todd MacCulloch Aaron McKie Efthimios Rentzias John Salmons Brian Skinner Eric Snow Kenny Thomas Keith Van Horn Monty Williams Phoenix ------- Randy Brown Alton Ford Tom Gugliotta Anfernee Hardaway Casey Jacobsen Joe Johnson Dan Langhi Stephon Marbury Shawn Marion Bo Outlaw Amare Stoudemire Jake Tsakalidis Jake Voskuhl Scott Williams Portland -------- Derek Anderson Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje Antonio Daniels Dale Davis Chris Dudley Jeff McInnis Ruben Patterson Scottie Pippen Zach Randolph Arvydas Sabonis *** Charles Smith Damon Stoudamire Rasheed Wallace Bonzi Wells Qyntel Woods Sacramento ---------- Mike Bibby Doug Christie Keon Clark Mateen Cleaves Vlade Divac Lawrence Funderburke Bobby Jackson Jim Jackson Damon Jones Scot Pollard Brent Price Predrag Stojakovic Hidayet Turkoglu Gerald Wallace Chris Webber San Antonio ----------- Mengke Bateer Bruce Bowen Speedy Claxton Tim Duncan Danny Ferry Emanuel Ginobili Stephen Jackson Steve Kerr Tony Parker David Robinson Malik Rose Steve Smith Kevin Willis Seattle ------- Ray Allen Brent Barry Calvin Booth Elden Campbell Predrag Drobnjak Reggie Evans Joseph Forte Jerome Jame Rashard Lewis Ronald Murray Kevin Ollie Vitaly Potapenko Vladimir Radmanovic Ansu Sesay Toronto ------- Rafer Alston Maceo Baston *** Michael Bradley Vince Carter Antonio Davis Lindsey Hunter Chris Jefferies *** Voshon Lenard Jelani McCoy Eric Montross Lamond Murray Mamadou N'diaye Morris Peterson Alvin Williams Jerome Williams Utah ---- John Amaechi Carlos Arroyo *** Curtis Borchardt Calbert Cheaney Jarron Collins Matt Harpring Mark Jackson Andrei Kirilenko Raul Lopez *** Karl Malone Tony Massenburg Greg Ostertag Scott Padgett DeShawn Stevenson John Stockton Washington ---------- Kwame Brown Juan Dixon Brendan Haywood Larry Hughes Jared Jeffries Michael Jordan Christian Laettner Tyronn Lue Charles Oakley Bryon Russell Bobby Simmons Jerry Stackhouse Etan Thomas Jahidi White *-*-*-*-*-*-*- * Game Modes - *-*-*-*-*-*-*- This part of the game would go deeper on the game modes option. I'll talk about most of what's what here. Anyway here we go! Exhibition Game --------------- Exhibition Game is exactly the Play Now option. The only difference is it has more options than the Play now mode. The options are like those when playing a game under the season/playoff/franchise mode. Season ------ In this mode you simply play right through the regular NBA season either with the team of your choice or a fantasty draft. It's much like the regular season have an All-Star Game, attempt for trades or sign-in free agents for help. After the season, the season's MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Defensive Player, Sixth Man and the most improved player is given an award. A playoff will follow afterwards. The only difference is the Season mode doesn't have net points that has something to do with trading players. Remember taht if you set the Fantasy Draft Option On you won't get to reset the rosters automatically meaning that whatever trades happen here on certain teams the rosters will not be reset back to it's original if you quit the season mode but it'll restore back to default when you restart the game anyway. Franchise --------- The Franchise mode let's you play through the whole 25 NBA season with the team of your choice or a fantasy draft again. Much like the season mode but here you're the GM and either seal of trades as well, sign free agents or scout for upcoming free agents. After every season the season's MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Defensive Player, Sixth Man and the most improved player is given an award as well. After playing with the Playoffs you'll be prompted to the offseasson part of the game where you can draft, resign, sign-free, trade, view retiring players or draft lotteries. After which the next season starts again. The Franchise mode makes player age, get better or stink. Players improves through numbers and old players retires in a time so you need a set of good rookies and veterans. Remember taht if you set the Fantasy Draft Option On you won't get to reset the rosters automatically meaning that whatever trades happen here on certain teams the rosters will not be reset back to it's original if you quit the season mode but it'll restore back to default when you restart the game anyway. Playoffs -------- This mode is the exact same playoffs you play Season or Franchise mode. The only difference is you'll choose which team you want to be in the playoffs. 1 on 1 ------ A one vs one game in the court of your choice. You could pick any player in the league and match it up on any player as well. Practice -------- You can sharpen your skills here. You're alone in a gym and simply shoot around and practice *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* * Create Player * *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Like the other guide I'll basically put up what the other stats are for. All ratings differs depending on the combination of ratings. Let say you've given a player a 99 in rebounding but just a 50 in jumping. This means that he won't stand a chance against a player with a 50 rebounding and a 99 jumping same goes to shooting. A 99 FG could shot almost anywhere in the court but with a low Off. Awareness makes him shoot pretty bad when guarded. But a player with let say a 70 in FG and a 99 in Off. Awareness could pretty much hit shot even when guarded. Basically, creating a player needs some key points to be distributed to create a perfect one(I'm not talking about some player who has maxed stats.) Template - You could choose a pre-set rating of a player either a defensive or an offensive one. Field Goal - It's basically how well a player could hit a jumper from anywhere in the court. 3 Pointers - A 85 rating here gives the player a 3pting Icon. This determines how well a player could hit baskets from behind the arc. Free Throw - This determines how slow the guage would be. The higher it is the better you could time your shot on the free throw land. Dunking - A 85 rating here gives the player a Dunking Icon. This determines how hard and the intensity of your dunks. Note that some dunks are customly for players so you won't see a created player dunk like Kobe or T-Mac. Inside Scoring - The higher the rating is the better he could make lay-ups and the easier he could score from defenders beneath the rim. Notice that MJ could always do those lay-ups despite the fact that he has not much of a Dunking rating or a high jumping rating. A player with a high rating here is great on dealing easy baskets beneath the rim as well as easy lay-up shots. Off. Rebounds - It determines how well a player could crash the offensive boards Jumping - This gives the character the ability to either fly like MJ or jump like a sumo-wrestler. Jumping affects almost a lot of aspects in the rating. Strength - The strenght determines how well you could post up and it also affects some aspects of the game play. Quickness - The quickness has some math behind it when pressing the turbo button so I'll probably not go deeper with it. Quickness also affects some roles like Blocking/Stealing or releasing the ball. Speed - Basically the speed a player could run. Passing - How well a player could pass it in the traffic. The higher it is the less chance of getting an errant pass or a stolen ball. Dribbling - It affects how fast a player could crossover and pivot. Also it affects how a player could dribble the ball making a lesser chance for the opposition to steal it. Off. Awareness - A very mysterious part yet after experimenting I've revealed what it does. It basically a player's athleticism. A higher Off Awareness could shoot the ball better than anyone else and It's the player's intensity in the game as well as his offensive intelligence. A result of this gives the player to automatically follow up a shot. Def. Rebounds - Detemines how good a player could crash the defensive boards. Stealing - A 85 rating here gives the player a Tight-Defender Icon. It renders how well a player could steal the ball. Blocking - A 85 rating here gives the player a Blocker Icon. It shows how well a player could swat the ball. Def. Awareness - A player's defensive intensity/intelligence. A higher awareness means a greater defense. Def. Awareness touches the rebounding portion as well. A higher rating here automatically makes the palyer steal the ball or swat it away as well as crashing the boards. Endurance - Basically the stamina of the palyer. Hardiness - The higher the rating the less chance of the player getting injured and the lower it is the greater chance of him to keep on getting injured. Primacy - A vital role in the rating both offesively and defensively much like off. and deff. awareness though this has something to do with clutch shots. Primacy basically determines how good the player is the higher it is the better level of playing he'll show. *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- * Scoring Tips - *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- This part will help you score baskets and beat almost any one. These are simple yet very effective tips but I tell you experience and proper knowledge of the game is the key here tips are just to remind you of what's right. o !Easy Baskets! o Tip 1 - Who's who? Know who the player you're using. You don't want to make Ben Wallace attempt to take 3 pointers. The Icons are helpful to know what kind of player they are and what can they do. If you know that this guy is great at slamming it down the stretch then that's that. Tip 2 - Make space with the cross over dribble. A dribbling stationary player could create space with simply hitting the crossover button this'll either make the defense shake a little OR running it to the basket with a crossover and some jab steps would do. Just watch out for fouls. Tip 3 - Pivot! Do you know that when a player who had the ball but hadn't put it down could perform pivot moves? Yes they can. Simply press the Spin Move button + any directional button will make him pivot. Know the right buttons here, ones you've learned them all. Taking a Pivot move pushes the defender back or will give the ball handler space. Tip 4 - Dash Using the Pivot then calling an Isolation play is a great combination. Pivot then run all the way to the basket with a crossover dirbble plus the turbo button will give you decent looks at the basket. Tip 5 - Jab Step/Hesitation move. As you run towards the basket press and hold the Cross over key and the character will perform a jab step. You can pull up for a jumper and earn a high percentage shot with this. The Jab step creates an opening for the dribbler and possibly pushes the defender a few steps away. Tip 6 - Fake Faking the opponent off the dribble and before shooting is a great idea. Before shooting perform pump fakes and at times the defender would bite the fake if he does then convert a quick jumper. Tip 7 - Shoot on top of the Jump When shooting you not just let it go right away. You have to press then release the ball on top of the jump. This way the shot is converted to a higher percentage shot and would be tougher to block. Tip 8 - Post up This is great with bigger and stronger big men. You can back down on your defender and take a fake. Mostly players would bit the fake when the posting player attempted it really really near the basket. If he do bit the fake slam it home or convert a jumper. Tip 9 - Looking for the double team Down low players automatically double up posting players. If he does pass it to the wide open man. Tip 10 - The Hook Simply have a player post up then hook it right up. A hook shot is a very high percentage shot and is very tough to block. You could pour in a couple of easy baskets with this. Tip 11 - Pick and Roll Pick and roll is a great play that delivers an easy basket. Set a pick and roll and either take a shot of the screen or pass it to the rolling player to convert it to an easy basket. o !Trick Shots! o Tip 1 - Jordan's fade away This is a very effective move but will need practice to master. Have a decent shooter back down on his defender. After 2 or three steps back turn left or right and take a straight jumper or press back and shoot. The release of the ball is simply a second right after the jump. Tip 2 - Jab Step Fade away Prime guards with a fast speed could do this. When dashing hold the turbo and perform a jab step at the same time releasing the turbo and letting go off a fade away jumper. This is a high percentage shot again but is hard to master. Tip 3 - Laying the hook shot This is a very hard art to master but quite easy to learn all you gotta do is to have a quick player run inside and instead of letting the usual shot go quickly perform a hook shot. Small but quick players could shine in this way even against taller opponents. o !Extra Scores! o Tip 1 - Easy 3 point plays When driving in the lane quickly do a fake if the guarding player bites the fake quickly dunk the ball before he could fall back down at times it will cause a foul right away. Tip 2 - Easy 3 point plays (Part II) Have a quick player (Players like Bryant, Pierce, Iverson etc...) to drive in the lane and simply do a spin move before shooting the ball. If you time it right the player running after you will automatically be charged with a foul just be sure that he's using turbo and he's running after you. Tip 3 - Come back to papa! When shooting a free throw miss the last one. The easiest way to rebound the ball back is to quickly switch(note that using the direct switch would rather be tricky) the switch will automatically switch you to either of the two teammates near the basket. Just screen out and press the turbo and time your jump if you're able to master this art then 60% of the time you'll managed to get the ball back. *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- * Defensive Tips - *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- o !Crash Boards! o Tip 1 - Switch to the nearest man To grab the rebound switch to the nearest man underneath the rim and hold the turbo button before hitting the rebound button. This makes the player jump higher and get those boards. Tip 2 - Boxing out You simply press the box out button and position yourself on front of the player who'll be fighting for the ball. Screen them out and take the high jump for the ball. Tip 3 - Run after the ball Switch to a good leaper mostly some shooting guards could leap high. Press the Turbo button and make him run towards the basket and jump for the rebound. This is a very effective strategy more so with a smaller player who could grab boards. o !Forcing Turnovers! o Tip 1 - Face up If a player you're guarding is near the line. Face up on him and let him move. Around the defender 2 of 5 times he'll be stepping on the line. Tip 2 - Take charge When you see the ring rotating quickly(the one that's being controlled the one they're stepping on) that means they're using the turbo. Simply step up and press the take charge once. Time it right. It could easily create a turnove plus the foul. Tip 3 - No post allowed If a player decided to post up and back down on you. After a push or two hit the take charge button. Chances are an offensive foul will be called if not then you've just awarded him an easy shot. Tip 4 - Force shots When defending always make use of the face up icon and simply move in front of yur man. A player doing this close enough lowers the chance of the ball getting. This could cause for a quick rebound and fast break. Tip 5 - Dirupting Passes When a player tries running the fast break and he tried a court cross pass simply have the nearest player jump or press the steal button. At times it'll go out of bound. o !Rejecting and the Steal! o Tip 1 - The Rejection Always control the defender and try not to bit fakes. If he do take the shot jump and reject it. Tip 2 - Not in my house Let the defender play one on one and if it looks like he'll take it to the hoop switch to a high leaper and have him turbo his way and attempt for the double team or possibly block shots. Tip 3 - Steals To perform steals simply face up the dirbbling player and press the steal button. He could slap it off or if you were too agressive you'll be asserted for a foul. Sometimes simply moving around the defender on the side of the ball while facing up causes a steal. o !Nearly Cheating! o Tip 1 - Move out of the way At times when a player in full turbo dashes towards the ball handler. At times the ball handles wouldbe pushed down and will leave the ball bouncing for you to run after. This works well with players who have a high speed. Simply press the turbo and normally bumping from the sides or from the back results to a more successful push. Tip 2 - Hey! I didn't pushed him! When a player with the ball is near the line. Step back and press the turbo button and dash towards him. Then press the block button and your guy will jump and smahs the air hard. The turbo and the jump would push the ball handler back and will cause the ball to be out of bounds. Sometimes you'll be called for a defensive foul. Tip 3 - Nearly Goaltending Sometimes you could swat the ball while it's trying to roll it's way in. Tip 4 - Eat my Knee! When a player tries to hold the ball and tried pivoting. Switch to a quick high leaping player and have him rush up to the pivoting player and have him swat the ball if your luck enough the ball will magically appear on his hands and quickly perform a fast break for a quick score. *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- * 1 on 1 Ball checks - *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Here's a section just to tell you about different ball checks in the 1 on 1 game. Pass - A simple pass. The Ball will simply be handed over to the player. Turbo + Pass - The ball will be rolled over to the other player. It'll be picked up from the floor. Face Up + Pass - Chest pass *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* * Freestyle Controls * *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Okay, here's what separates NBA Live 2003 from all other NBA 2003 titles. They'll simply be separated by simple stances like while holding the ball, dribbling and standing still. Anyway here they are. *- -* *- Not Using the Right Analog Stick -* *- -* ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Key | Freestlye Move | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Hold the Cross over key while dribbling | Jab Step | | Tapping the Square Button | Various Crossovers | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *- -* *- Dribbling while standing still -* *- -* ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Key | Freestlye Move | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Up | Jab-Step Forward Fake | | Right | Jab-Step Right Fake | | Left | Jab-Step Left Fake | | Down | Back Step | | Tapping Left then Right (vice-versa) | Crossover Fake | | Half circles (Either Left to Right or | Simple Crossover fakes | | from up then down | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *- -* *- Dribbling while moving -* *- -* ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Key | Freestlye Move | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Up | Spin Move | | Right | Jab-Step Right | | Left | Crossover to the left | | Tapping Left then Right (vice-versa) | Fancy Crossover | | Half circles (Either Left to Right or | Fancy Dribblings | | from up then down | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *- -* *- Standing while holding the ball -* *- -* ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Key | Freestlye Move | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Up | Post Up/Turn back | | Right | Jab-Step Right | | Left | Jab-Step Left | | (HOLD) Up | Sway the ball down | | (HOLD) Down |Holds the ball at the back | | Half circles (Either Left to Right or | Swing the ball | | from up then down | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *- -* *- On Defense -* *- -* ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Key | Freestlye Move | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Up |Hold hands highs/Raise hands | | Right | Steal with Right | | Left | Steal with Left | | Down | Face Up lower | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *-*-*-*- * FAQs - *-*-*-*- 1. Is it possible to be playing 2 players in Franchise mode? A: Yes! Actually we do it all the time as well as turning the Fantasy Draft on. 2. Any tips on a successful trading when the points are on? A: The computer AI is rather stupid as sometimes would trade a weak rated player for their strong/young ones. At the very beginning try combining players to match the player you want on your team and just trade away at the very first season trading is way easy as you could trade 2 players for 1 super star even those 2 players are not that good. Just match the trade points a little. 3. Why is it that is not on the NBA rosters? A: I guess most are rookies as the game is released way early than the actuall season so the best thing here is to try and arrange them. 4. Why is it that has a poor rating completely contradicing their performance? A: The rating system has a formula that it follows and is actually based on their stats during their last season. Some rookies have poor rating as their actuall performance in the game is rather unpredictable. I suggest you tweak them to your own opinion it's your game anyway. 5. Hey! I wanna create since he isn't on the game. A: The only thing that I could assure you is that they have a very similar ratings to that of the PC version and just base their stats there. As for their looks it's upto you to how you'll be conjuring them up since it's difficult to make one look exactly like the real one. 6. Why is it that when I created a player his surname is mentioned? A: Surnames that are listed/who has the same surname to any of the current rosters in NBA Live 2003 is mentioned. 7. About the Total Net Points in my roster. Will anything happen if I reached its limits? A: Actually they have no limits. I once managed to reach negative 2 Million points and still nothing happens. Even those players would decide to stay around my team after the offseason. 8. Help! One of my player refuse to stay in my team! A: I suggest you save after the champion is decided and just load the game if a roster refuses. *-*-*-*-*-* * Credits * *-*-*-*-*-* I would like to thank the following: EA SPORTS - For creating such a wonderful game. They've done a heck of a job this time. GameFaqs - The best FAQ site in the world nuff' said. NBA.com - For the supply of various NBA knowledge as well as the rosters. YOU - This won't be called a guide with out anyone being guided. Thank you. If I ever missed someone e-mail me. I'm just tired and desperate to finish the guide early enough to get it on the site. THANK YOU!!!!