NBA 2K18

I was checking when I accidentally clicked an ad about NBA2K18. Here’s my two cents.

It’s always difficult to make an ultimate statement about any one of them simply because it’s nonviable to tell what the next iteration will bring, given the sheer amount of annual sports titles that arrive each year. Whereas others are anxious just to fuss with the existing template as developers often reveal expansive changes that have been quietly worked on over the course of multiple cycles. With that said, it’s certain that this may be one of the best sports games ever for the NBA 2K18.

The real joy with Visual Concepts’ latest is just how dedicated it is to replicating the sport of basketball within a video game, building off an already very successful format, and good grief, has the team done a great job.

From watching it on TV, there’s hardly anything here that doesn’t match up to what you wait for, and it’s frankly, absurd for the sheer differences you’ll experience still depending on your setup.

For NBA 2K18, take the major names we all associate with basketball and your run-of-the-mill players. It’s completely distinct in NBA 2K18 because you can actually feel how different they are while all sports titles will ensure that a superstar is more skilled and proficient, and not just because LeBron James is more likely to be a nuisance on the court.

Don’t be surprised because all players are unique here and the way it can change your approach is mind-boggling — be its ball control, shot ability, dribbling, height, weight, or intelligence. If you don’t want to be totally knocked down, sound tactics and a specific strategy depending who your opposition is essential.

To the point at first you’ll be somewhat thrown off, this is helpful further because the game itself is far more free-flowing than it was in 2016. For the envisioned animations and learning how to circumvent them, this isn’t a case of anticipation. For any and all outcomes meaning you can’t just wash, rinse, repeat any approach that may have worked previously, now you have to be ready. It’s truly something you can only appreciate by actually playing it for yourself because you have to play basketball and think on your feet.

Visual Concepts has become experts at it for the bells and whistles that go with the idea though it’s nothing new for a sports game to let you pick a player and go from zero to hero.

A template in how to approach a sport’s sim on nearly every level is what NBA 2K18 and is very likely the best basketball game ever made.


The Bulls

The Chicago Bulls mean a lot more to me than most people. The same goes for Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Scottie Pippen. Today’s most people don’t even know who Scottie Pippen is. But if they followed basketball in the 1990’s, he may have been a household name. This is especially true if that person grew up in or around Chicago, like me.

Yes, I grew up during one of the most amazing times to be a basketball fan. On top of that, I grew up during the most amazing time to be a Bulls fan. During the 1990’s, the Bulls won an incredible six NBA Championships. The Bulls or the 1990’s were arguably the best basketball team, ever. They won in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998. It was almost an entire sweep of the decade. There was only one main thing that stopped the Bulls from achieving an almost complete victory. This was Michael Jordan’s shock retirement in 1993.

Michael Jordan retired three months after his father was murdered. It’s clear then, one can argue why there was a gap from 1993 until 1996. It’s easy to understand why Jordan retired. He was the greatest basketball player in the world. He had everything he wanted. He had money, nice cards, and a nice home. But when his father was killed, Jordan could not have him back. And it broke him down, just as it would any person. After seeing the Bulls struggle for many months, Jordan decided to come back. The Bulls won championships another three years in a row. That’s an incredible feat. What other team has done that?

Not only did the Bulls win many NBA Championships, but they won the Olympics as well. Swing by next week to learn about the most amazing basketball team in Olympic history. Get ready to learn about the Dream Team!

Fitness and Basketball

Basketball isn’t for everyone. So play it while you can! What I mean is that basketball isn’t really a sport for someone who is elderly and retired. It’s a rough sport, even though is no contact. Well, there shouldn’t be contact, but there is. It comes with the game. That’s why the referee can call a “foul” if someone trips another player.

Think back to a time when you watched a basketball game on TV. Or, search online for some pictures of a basketball game. Do you see any overweight basketball players? The answer is probably no. This is because basketball is an extremely cardio-heavy sport. It’s like soccer in the same way that the player is always moving. That means the player is always burning calories.

People look for different options when they want to get in shape. Some want to cut sugar and carbs. Some want to eat healthier. Some also want to develop some type of fitness routine. Well, I have an answer for these people. Just eat healthily and play basketball! The rest will take care of itself. Eating healthier will mean the body consumes less bad foods. Playing basketball will be the body will burn the rest of this food, even though it’s healthier.

The best time to play basketball is from childhood to adulthood. As an adult, be aware that the adult will need to stretch before playing. This will minimize the likelihood of any injury from possibly happening. Even children and teens should stretch before a game. Stretching makes one nimble and will help someone play the game better.

People who play basketball don’t do it for exercise, mostly. But fitness and health is a side effect of the game. And it’s a great side effect! Drive to your nearest basketball court this weekend get to start practicing.

My Hoop

When I was younger I had a basketball hoop. It was next to the driveway at my house. I don’t remember how old I was when we got it. I do know that it was professionally installed. The base was even set solid in cement. I think I was around 8 years old.

My brothers and I spent a lot of time playing with that basketball hoop. Because of that, I can still shoot swishes! A swish is when the ball goes into the hoop without touching the backboard or win. Nothing but net! When the ball goes into the hoop, it makes a “swish” sound because of the way the ball hits the net.

I never played much actual basketball. It was mostly for fun. I did play for a very short time in elementary school, however, I think it was for two years. Instead, we played different types of games with our basketball hoop. One of the games we played was a swish game.

The swish game was my favorite. The goal of the game was to get 10 swishes to win. The player would stand at the free-throw line. The best rule was that, if a player got a swish, they would be able to shoot the ball again. They would continue their turn until they did not get a swish. To be honest, it’s possible, then, to get 10 swishes in a row and win the game even before the other players get a turn. Now that’s what I call a flawless victory!

I haven’t played as much basketball as I did when I was younger. Occasionally, if there is a basketball hoop in a gym, I will shoot some hoops. These days, it feels mostly like I’m reliving the games I played when I was younger. And that’s a good thing!

A Brief History of Basketball

Basketball is played everywhere and it is the most loved game in many countries. Track the most popular sports in the world, Basketball would surely be in the list proudly. Starting the New York to London, to Paris and to Beijing, from Sarajevo to Dafar to Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, you name the city. The game is played excessively everywhere. Basketball has got a history and we now are going to talk about the developments of the game here.


Basketball is played in the city of New York and in the dusty plains of Africa. People play the game where ever there is a ball. The game is played to get the ball into a ring like an object. Unlike the rest of the sports which require more people and a lot of equipment to play the sport, this only requires the ball and the willingness to play the game.


The very first basketball kind of game might have been already played by the early Olmec people of ancient Mexico more than 500 years ago. They are the people who played the game first. It is said that the Aztec and Mayan cultures also had games similar to basketball. The only difference is that they used skulls instead of a rubber ball of their enemies.


The first basketball game as we know today was played on January 20th, 1892 in Springfield, Massachusetts. A doctor from Canada, Dr. James Naismith invented the game for the YMCA club to play during the month’s winter. There are only five simple rules set by Naismith that are still in place today. Some of the rules have changed a bit, and the new rules have been introduced more since then, like the game bouncing in the original game was prohibited in today’s sport. Among the 13 rules designed, nine have been either changed completely or modified and kept in the modern game of basketball. The rest of the rules have been disregarded.


The very first game happened long back has 18 players in it, or say 9 players for a team. It was the standard team for the baseball teams that play even today. Since the time Naismith or the YMCA did not have the money to design a new ball, they used to play with the soccer ball. The whole concept of the game was to play the game for 30 minutes and the final score was to 1-0. Halfway through the game, Willian R. Chase designed a new ball for the game and set a new rule for the game that the ball must go into a peach basket. This is how the game of Basketball has emerged. It was during that time, someone has suggested the name, Basketball. 


The popularity of the game grew over the next few years and most of the YMCA club centers in the Northern Eastern United States, and the Southern Canada had facilities to accommodate players. However, within less than a decade, most of the YMCA centers began to ban the game as it had a very rough style to play. The other amateur groups picked up the slack and that gave rise to the new Basketball leagues that began forming including the Amateur Athletic Union and the Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Two Years of Swish

I have always loved sports. Baseball, snowboarding, and martial arts have always kept me busy. Sports games are demonstrations of the results of drills, practice, and more drills. The sport which I felt has the most drills was when I played basketball for two years.

I was in elementary school during this time frame and the years were back-to-back. I remember, after school, my teammates and I would head to the school gym. There, we would change from our school outfits into our basketball clothes. Just putting the clothes out felt differently than five minutes before. I was ready to score some points!

Scoring points was mostly machine-like. In one example, we formed a line. The first guy would shoot the ball. Then coach threw a ball to the next guy in line who attempted the same shot. This would continue on for a few minutes. After that, we would begin another drill. Each day, we practiced the layup. Imagine ten guys running in circles. When he gets close to the net, he would shoot the ball hoping it would bounce off of the backboard on go into the hoop.

Sometimes we played scrimmage games after school. A scrimmage is a simulated game which is another term for a practice game. The ten guys would split into two teams of five guys each. Then, we would essentially play a shortened game to see who would be the victor. This is great practice because it simulates what a real game is like.

Looking back, I enjoyed those two years of basketball. While I only played for two years, that was enough for me since I was able to enjoy other sports as well. For me, I prefer to try out new sports because there is always something new I know I will like.

Ball Handling

Handling the ball is one of the most important parts of the basketball game. Yet it is also the part that is most neglected by the players. Many young or even experienced players make some mistakes that might be ruining their game.


Dribbling and taking care of the ball is critical to winning any game. There are some mistakes that are most common among basketball players. If you are the one who has made any of these mistakes then I have some tips for you at the end of this article. In my observation, below are some of the most common mistakes that beginner basketball players make.


  1. Dribbling too high


This is one of the most common problems among young basketball players. If you dribble too high, you have less control over the dribble. A good basketball player should focus on keeping the dribble as low as possible. A lower dribble is faster and more explosive. Most importantly, you will have better control over the dribble.


  1. Not keeping hand on top of the ball


This is the reason why officials make carrying calls. Keeping the hand on top of the ball is quite important if you want to play the game well. Placing the ball under your hand will definitely cause a carrying motion while placing it on top of the ball will enable you to have better control of the dribble.


  1. Dribbling far out in front or behind


If you have the ball far out in front then there is a high probability that it will be knocked away or stolen by your opponent. On the other hand, dribbling far out in behind will cause you to either slow down the speed or stop the dribble. So, what is the best approach for dribbling? The answer is to dribble at your side. Having the dribble at your side will enable you to protect your dribble better as well as give you a lot more control.


  1. Not mastering the basics


Here’s the thing that a lot of beginner basketball players do not understand. If you want to become an advanced level basketball player, you need to master the basics first. The fundamentals of the game should be practiced as much as possible especially in the beginning. Continuously improve your basics and let it become your second nature.


Once you master the basics, you can move on to do the fancy things. But trying out the fancy things before mastering the basics will not help you at all.


  1. Too much of stationary ball handling


Stationary ball handling is not a bad thing, but when you are learning basketball you need to practice both on the move drills and stationary drills. Stationary moves are good for developing hand eye co ordination but on the move, drills will help you dribble at a different speed which happens majority of time in the game.

Most Common Mistakes Basketball Players Make

  1. Not protecting the ball


when you are dribbling the ball it is important that you keep it away from the defender with your second arm shielding the ball and the man. Protecting the ball is hugely important but this is skill is ignored by some new players. To understand how important ball protection is, consider that protecting the ball can be the difference between a critical turnover or a potential score.


  1. The double dribble


Everyone knows what a double dribble is, many young players make this mistake. Double dribble doe not help much in the game and can in fact be detrimental to your winning. This is not very common though and it is quite easy to correct.


  1. Not keeping the head up


Being a good dribbler is not enough. You also need to be able to see what is happening in front of you. Without that, all your dribbling skills are useless. Keep your head up during the dribble and practice it that way if you don’t already do that. This is one of the main requirements of being an expert level basketball player.


  1. Dribbling in just one spot


Players at almost every level make this mistake and it is one of the most common ones out there. Dribbling at just one spot is completely useless in the game of basketball. If you dribble too much, everything becomes stagnant as other players just stand around when there is no ball movement.


  1. Not properly catching the pass


This is one of the most frequent mistakes by six to nine-year-old players. Here is the thing, you need to have the control over the ball before dribbling it off. If you take off to dribble even before you properly catch the pass it is guaranteed that a player from opponent’s side will take the ball away from you. Turnover is one of the most annoying things that happen in the basketball game.


How to improve:


This was the list of most common ball handling mistakes that basketball players make. Do not worry if you are the one who has made one or more of these mistakes. When learning basketball, it is important to have a positive mindset. These are mere hurdles that you need to jump over because you can finally reach your goals. Below are some tips that will help you avoid these mistakes and help you improve the game.


  1. Identify your mistakes – the first step is to know which of these apply to you. Make a list of your weaknesses. This will help you know in which area you need to focus most of your energy and time on.
  2. Improve on one thing at a time – my second tip is to improve on one weakness at a time. Don’t try to be everything at once, take it slow and have confidence in yourself.
  3. Practice consistently – deliberate practice is key here. Practice as much as possible until it becomes your second nature. Don’t practice for the sake of practicing but practice with the intention of improvement.


If you follow all these tips then you will definitely be a successful basketball player. Keep playing!

How to play basketball

Let us start by learning a little bit about the history of this game. Basketball was first devised in 1891 by a Canadian physical trainer James Naismith. The first game of basketball was played on 20th January 1892 and in a few years, it quickly spread all over the country and the world. Today, there are several international organizations dedicated to this game and learning it is tremendously useful.


If you are new to basketball or you have just started learning the sport then this article will be greatly useful for you. I will tell you all the tips I have learned which will make you the best basketball player you can be.


How to play basketball


A typical basketball game starts by referee tossing up the ball from the center circle. The centers of both teams jump and try to direct the ball in the direction of their team. The team members all try to get the ball and put it in the basket while protecting it from the opposing team. The ball needs to be dribbled or passed on to other members while you attempt at making the basket. This is the basic introduction of the game.


How to become better at basketball


Now comes the main part of this article. Below are the top nine tips for basketball that I have learned. If you follow all these tips you will be able to quickly learn the best basketball skills and be a better basketball player.



  1. Learn the fundamentals


The fastest way to become a better basketball player is to learn and practice the fundamentals. Some of these fundamental skills are catching, passing, shooting, dribbling, and the basic footwork. The basics are the most important part of the success of any good basketball player.


The great thing about learning the fundamental skills is that you start to develop a “skill synergy”. it means that when you get better one skill, you will inevitably get better at other skills too. So, each skill you learn, you will become exponentially better at the game. Conclusion, don’t ignore the basics.



  1. Practice the correct way


Practice by itself will not make you perfect. Perfect practice will make you perfect. When it comes to practicing the sport. The quality of practice matters more than the quantity of it. You don’t have to spend lots of hours at the training ground for practice.


My advice is this – practice a little bit every day, even just 20 minutes a day will do, but you have to be consistent at it. Try to learn something every day and focus on quality over quantity. While it is true that



  1. Seek out mentors


The secret of becoming a great basketball player is to seek out good mentors and learn from them. Many people avoid seeking mentors because of insecurity or fear or criticism. While it is true that you may face criticism from your mentor, that criticism can be tremendously useful for you and can speed up your improvement in the game.


Don’t wait for a coach to find you, go out and find them on your own. There is a lot of valuable information that a good quality teacher can give you about playing the game better.



  1. Learn by watching videos


Watching videos is a great way to improve the game. You can get hundreds of videos on the internet and with modern technology is it quite easy to find them and watch them.


Watch the games that are broadcast on television and watch the instructional videos on YouTube. These can teach you a lot about the fundamentals of the game.



  1. Physical fitness is important too!


To perform at a high level, a good physical condition is absolutely essential. A lot of basketball is just about conditioning and physical fitness can make it quite easy to learn and perform the basic basketball skills.


If you are not already in a good physical condition then you should definitely dedicate your time and energy on improving it and watch your game improve dramatically once you improve your physical fitness.



  1. Move without the ball


Now, everyone wants to get the ball in their hands. You feel more in control as you pass and shoot and dribble. But learning to play without the ball is an important skill that every basketball player needs to learn if he wants to get better.


This is because in the majority of games you will play you will have the ball in your hands only for the one tenth of the game. 90% of the time you will be moving without the ball. Learning to play without the ball for a long time is important and it will give you an advantage in every game.



  1. Have the right mindset


The right mindset is absolutely important for becoming better at any sport and not just basketball. You’d be surprised how many people fail at it not because they lack skills but they lack the right mindset.


The thing is, when you are learning the game, you will make a lot of mistakes. Those mistakes often frustrate new players and drive them to quit it altogether. You should instead have a positive mindset and treat mistakes as a part of your learning process. If you stick to it for long enough, you will eventually improve the game.



  1. Fake it till you make it


This tip is greatly useful when playing against the opponents. What is the best way to make your moves doubly effective? Faking is a great way to make your opponents off balance. You can employ this tactic in any part of the game. Add as many fakes to your game as possible in different parts of your game. I can assure you they are quite effective.



  1. Learn continuously


My last advice in this article is – never stop learning. Basketball is a great game and there is a lot to learn about it. Now matter how great you are at the game, you can always learn something new and improve your skills at the game.


You can learn from the diverse source, watching videos, playing it on the ground, trying new experiments and lots of other ways. The more you learn, the better you will get.

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