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NBA Live 2003 FAQ
for PC (Dos/Windows)
FAQ created by Mad Monarch Gyl
Mad Monarch Gyl (evil_tyrant_gyl@hotmail.com)
Copyright 2003 by Mad Monarch Gyl
Created: February 25, 2003 (02.25.03)
MSN Contact: evil_tyrant_gyl@hotmail.com
Version: Final
Date of Update: May 7, 2003 (05.07.03)


Disclaimer:
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FAQ/Walkthrough, you must do everything yourself or if you do somehow use this
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"Walang nakawan pare..." (Please don't steal =P)

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Contents:
I.    Introduction
II.   Revisions
III.  Controls
IV.   Main Menu
V.    Team Information
VI.   2003 Team Roster Update
VII.  Game Modes
VIII. Create Player (Ratings explained only)
IX.   Scoring Tips
X.    Defensive Tips
XI.   1 on 1 ball checks
XII.  Tips & Tricks
XIII. Credits





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                            * Introduction -
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Hey! Gyl here! I've been writing reviews for a while now and after noticing
that such a game like NBA Live 2003 don't have a proper guide for the PC
version of the title. I've been playing the game and could pretty well say
that I 've learned if not mastered most of the game's basic as well as some
neat tricks back here. It's been a long time since I've tried writing a FAQ
for GameFaqs but I never found the initiative to at least make the effort of
sending the complete guide itself well anyway since the past is past, anyway
It 's a pleasure for me to share what the Mad Monarch has learned so here we
go!


  
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                             * Revisions *
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February 25, 2003 (02.25.03) Version 1
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- It's basically what the FAQ is composed of.

March 22, 2003 (03.22.03) Version 1.5
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You could only view the FAQ from either of the two FAQ site that has my
permission they are:
www.gamefaqs.com
www.actiontrip.com 
If your site is isn't there then you probably didn't asked my attention and
still waiting to be found.

Anyway the revision adds a March 21, 2003 NBA rosters update. Check it out.

April 9, 2003 (04.09.03) Version 2
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Another few batch of site that had my permission to post my work. If you ever
saw my guide posted in a site that isn't posted here then they're in serious
trouble. 
www.cheatcc.com
www.neoseeker.com
If your site is isn't there then you probably didn't asked my attention and
still waiting to be found.

A new topic has been added it's an explanation about Creating Characters.


April 15, 2003 (04.15.03) Version 2.2
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- Some correction made
- New 1 on 1 ball checks
- Arranged some details


May 3, 2003 (05.03.03) Final Version
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Finally rounded up everything. From misspelled/typos/grammar error to a new
lay out. Nothing much has changed so just check things out.


May 7, 2003 (05.07.03) <8:37 AM> Just a Quick Update
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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.




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                               * Controls -
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*You can completely customize the controls in the game so let me just run you
over with the default key configuration.

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Keyboard
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Offense:                 Button/Key       Defense:
Pass:                        X            Switch Player
Shoot:                       D            Take Charge
Spin Move/Jab Step:          E            Rebound/Block
Crossover/Hesitation:        S            Steal
Turbo:                                    Turbo
Alley-oop:                                Last Man Back
Back down:                                 Face Up/Box Out
Direct Pass:                              Direct Switch
Play calling:                              Play calling
Pause:                      Esc Pause

Movement:
UP:                         UP ARROW
DOWN:                       DOWN ARROW
LEFT:                       LEFT RROW
RIGHT:                      RIGHT ARROW


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Keyboard 2
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Offense:                 Button/Key       Defense:
Pass:                    DOWN ARROW       Switch Player
Shoot:                   RIGHT ARROW      Take Charge
Spin Move/Jab Step:      UP ARROW         Rebound/Block
Crossover/Hesitation:    LEFT RROW        Steal
Turbo:                                    Turbo
Alley-oop:                                Last Man Back
Backdown:                                 Face Up/Box Out
Direct Pass:                              Direct Switch
Playcalling:                              Playcalling
Pause:                      Esc Pause

Movement:
UP:                          E
DOWN:                        S
LEFT:                        X
RIGHT:                       D




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                                * Main Menu *
                                *-*-*-*-*-*-*

This section basically describes the game's menu.

Play Now - The quickest way to start a game.
Game Modes - This gives you a wide selection of game modes designed in the
             game. An exhibition game which is very similar to play now,
             start a Season or a Franchise, begin the Playoffs, ender the
             Practice mode to test out your skills or play 1 on 1.
Team Management - A place to view stats and manage the NBA's rosters and even
                  create or edit existing NBA player.
Options - Save/Load games/roster, configure your controls, and change the detail
          setting or even view the credits.




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                            * Team Information -
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This section will focus on a team's strength and weaknesses. This part also
covers the most basic stuffs about the NBA teams like their current roster
and all those basic informationís like the court's location, the coaches and
a bit more. The points given down here are set on the basics. No plays here
just the simple ones like Pick and roll, Isolation etc... The tips are just
informationís to help you out so remember you could always run down your own
strategy here. The lineup's order's is like this:

|Position|Jersey|Name|Overall Rating|Height|Weight|Years Pro|

With that let's begin:

Atlanta Hawks(Atlanta, GA)
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Rating: 15th
Coach: Lon Kruger
Court: Philips Arena

Starting Lineup:
PG - #15 Emanual Davis       :73  6'5   195  5
SG - #31 Jason Terry         :86  6'2   180  3
SF - #13 Glenn Robinson      :88  6'7   230  8
PF - #35 Shariff Abdur-Rahim :91  6'9   240  6
C  - #42 Theo Ratliff        :85  6'10  230  7


Bench Players:
SF - #8  Darvin Ham          :75  6'7   230  5
C  - #2  Nzar Mohammed       :78  6'10  250  4
SF - #14 Ira Newble          :73  6'7   220  2
PF - #44 Alan Henderson      :76  6'9   240  7
SF - #4  Chris Crawford      :75  6'9   235  5
PG - #12 Dan Dickau          :76  6'0   190  R
SG - #5  Dion Glover         :78  6'5   228  3

Injured Reserve:
PF - #30 Mark Strickland     :74  6'10  220  7
SG - #1  Dermarr Johnson     :81  6'9   201  4

On the Offensive Side:
o Get the ball to the low post Abdur-Rahim and Ratliff could make some serious
  damage down low. And could open up players for a quick basket.
o Get your opponent to double-team.
o Make your long-ranged shot going, though with only 3 players with the 3pt.
  Icon (Dickau, Davis and Terry) once they get hot they're unstoppable.
o Don't run with the ball. Always try and get the ball near the basket slowly.
  Atlanta couldn't support a running game having a few players over the 90
  speed rating.
o Utilize Pick and Roll plays. Use Terry or Davis with it if you're planning 
  for a quick trey or shatter the defense with Glenn Robinson running the pick
  and roll. Otherwise, your big men could smash it home if yo had a trouble
  running the play.
o Try to mix your line-up with some bench then rest up your key players.
  Atlanta needs some help on court ones its key players starts to rest.


Defending:
o Don't make your opponent run for fast breaks. 
o Zoning up at times could pretty much help you out not only to grab some
  boards it'll make your opponents drive inside. Abdur and Ratliff could
  fortify your defense down low.
o Always try to switch back to your big men inside to crash the board
  yourself. Don't rely much on the computer getting it.

Key Players:
SG - #31 Jason Terry         - His 3pointing skill and a couple of FG baskets.
SF - #13 Glenn Robinson      - He could take the ball strong to the hoop.
PF - #35 Shariff Abdur-Rahim - Crashing the board, and a strong move down low


Boston Celtics(Boston, MA)
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Rating: 16th
Coach: Jim O 'Brian
Court: FleetCenter

Starting Lineup:
PG - #28 Tony Delk          :81  6'2   189  6
SG - #34 Paul Pierce        :95  6'6   230  4
SF - #55 Eric Williams      :77  6'8   220  7
PF - #8  Antoine Walker     :91  6'9   245  6
C  - #40 Vin Baker          :77  6'11  250  9


Bench Players:
C  - #4  Tony Battie        :78  6'11  240  5
PG - #11 Shammond Williams  :77  6'1   201  4
PF - #0  Walter McCarty     :79  6'10  230  6
SF - #42 Kedrick Brown      :78  6'7   222  1
SF - #5  Roshown Mcleod     :77  6'8   221  4
PG - #2  J.R. Bremer        :74  6'2   185  R
C  - #41 Bruno Sundov       :66  7'2   246  4

Injured Reserve:
PF - #45 Ruben Wolkowyski   :70  6'10  275  2

On the Offensive Side:
o Get your 3 pointing game going. Boston could get as much as it could from 
  it's 3-point game could hurt a lot.
o Make Paul Pierce work. Drive the ball inside or take a shot from the outside
  Paul could create a serious damage as he could carry the offensive part of
  Boston.
o Walker could shoot the ball from the 3pt territory making him stay back 
  there could make your opponent's fortification down-low weaker.
o Use Baker's size to create a good screen.

Defending:
o Don't make your opponent run for fast breaks. 
o Go grab some rebounds. Switch to the nearest person and have him take the 
  board. Boston isn't a rebounding team when you let the computer do the job.
o Try to go for steals. Boston has a lot of major pick pocket in their 
  line-up. Just watch out for the foul.
o Force your opponent to take offensive charges. With Delk and Pierce running
  your back court you could mostly charge up and take the charge.

Key Players:
SG - #34 Paul Pierce        - This guys could shot from the perimeter and take
PF - #8  Antoine Walker       a quick trey from the 3pt mark. Utilize thier 
                              advantages and this guys could win it for you.


Chicago Bulls (Chicago, IL)
----------------------------
Rating: 20th
Coach: Bill Cartwright
Court: United Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #22 Jay Williams       :80  6'2   195  R
SG - #32 Eddie Robinson     :79  6'9   210  3
SF - #5  Jalen Rose         :88  6'8   217  8
PF - #42 Donyell Marshall   :85  6'9   210  8
C  - #2  Eddy Curry         :79  6'11  285  1


Bench Players:
SF - #21 Marcus Fizer       :81  6'8   260  2
C  - #3  Tyson Chandler     :80  7'1   235  1
PG - #9  Rick Brunson       :75  6'4   190  5
SG - #44 Trenton Hassell    :76  6'5   200  1
SG - #20 Fred Hoiberg       :73  6'5   210  7
PG - #1  Jamal Crawford     :78  6'5   190  2
SG - #21 Roger Mason        :74  6'5   200  R

Injured Reserve: 
C  - #11 Dalibor Bagaric    :69  7'1   290  2
C  - #43 Corie Blount       :73  6'10  242  9
PF - #35 Lonny Baxter       :76  6'8   260  R

On the Offensive Side:
o Play an Inside game.
o Take 3 pointers wisely. Chicago isn't a 3pointing team.
o Get points from your bench. Chandler, Crawford etc... could help you dish 
  out points while your players are resting.
o Get Jalen Rose hot. He could make some serious damage once he started
  pouring it out.
o Dual Poit Guards, Crawford and Williams could dash in or drop some dime to
  the open player using their speed. This could open up for Chicago's running
  game.

Defending:
o Don't make your opponent run for fast breaks. 
o Whip in dual centers (Curry/Chandler) and/or dual guards (Crawford/Williams)
  to either create a pressure on the back court with their speed and tight
  defending or go crashing the boards with the centers.
o Chicago could pretty much man up on D having a decent defenders in their 
  starting 5.

Key Players:
SF - #5  Jalen Rose         - He could start the main offense of Chicago.
PF - #42 Donyell Marshall   - Great support down low whenever Rose is in 
                              Trouble.
C  - #3  Tyson Chandler     - A great addition coming off the bench. Could 
                              crash the board and deliver baskets as well.



Cleveland Cavaliers (Cleveland, OH)
-----------------------------------
Rating: 29th
Coach: John Lucas
Court: Gund Arena

Starting Lineup:
PG - #2  Dajuan Wagner      :75  6'3   200  R
SG - #31 Ricky Davis        :83  6'7   197  4
SF - #21 Darius Miles       :87  6'9   210  2
PF - #32 Tyrone Hill        :74  6'9   250  12
C  - #11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas :80  7'3   260  6


Bench Players:
C  - #4  Chris Mihm         :77  7'0   265  2
SF - #33 Jumaine Jones      :82  6'8   218  3
PF - #4  Carlos Boozer      :74  6'9   280  R
PF - #40 Harold Jamison     :68  6'9   269  3
C  - #52 Desagana Diop      :69  7'0   300  1
SG - #3  Jeff Trepagnier    :70  6'4   200  1
SG - #10 Milt Palacio       :73  6'3   195  3


Injured Reserve:
SF - #23 Matt Barnes        :72  6'7   235  R
PF - #4  Michael Stewart    :67  6'10  230  5

On the Offensive Side:
o Play with Darius Miles and Ricky Davis' dunking style. This delivers a sure
  basket since both have a fairly decent speed and dribbling.
o Play the pick and roll with Ilgauskas. He's a great finisher down low.
o Avoid shooting 3's.  Cleaveland doesn't have any 3pointer in their line-up
  probably the highest rating would be Jumaine Jones' 80.
o Find a better shot selection. Don't just take shoots be sure that you're
  certainly it'll go in.
o Cleaveland could get a lot with their running game. Having Miles and Davis
  around could give you easy basket with a quick jam.
o Get help from the bench as well.

Defending:
o Don't make your opponent run for fast breaks. 
o Get Miles start his shot blocking game. He could leap and move quick
  enough to help out team mates that are mis-matched.
o Crash the board.
o Never ever make a player be in fould trouble since the Cavaliers don't have
  good replacements.

Key Players:
SG - #31 Ricky Davis        - This two guys could be the heart and soul of the
SF - #21 Darius Miles         team. Both could deliver the ball strong to the
                              hoop with their speed and leaping power.
C  - #11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas - This guy could get a lot of rebounds and could
                              post up as he could tower most centers.


Dallas Mavericks (Dallas, TX)
-----------------------------
Rating: 5th
Coach: Don Nelson
Court: American Airlines Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #13 Steve Nash         :85  6'3   195  6
SG - #4  Michael Finley     :90  6'7   225  7
SF - #41 Dirk Nowitzki      :90  7'0   245  4
PF - #54 Popeye Jones       :78  6'8   250  9
C  - #45 Raef Lafrentz      :86  6'11  245  4


Bench Players:
PG - #31 Nick Van Exel      :82  6'1   195  9
SF - #14 Eduardo Najera     :76  6'8   235  2
SG - #22 Michael Redd       :79  6'6   220  2
SG - #9  Tariq Abdul-Wahid  :77  6'6   225  5
SG - #7  Adrian Griffin     :76  6'5   230  3
C  - #44 Shawn Bradley      :77  7'6   275  9
C  - #42 Evan Eschmeyer     :71  6'11  255  3

Injured Reserve:
PG - #6  Avery Johnson      :76  5'11  180  14
SF - #2  Johnny Newman      :71  6'7   210  16
C  - #16 Zhizhi Wang        :78  7'1   220  2

On the Offensive Side:
o Dallas is a 3 pointing team so get as much from it.
o Utilize Dirk's height advantage over most SF in the game as he towers them
  with his 7'0 hieght as well as his shooting skill.
o Dallas could thrives in a running game as well.
o Get as much help from the bench.
o Dirk could play PF and Finley could play as SF as you fit in Nick Van Exel
  for added fire power.
o FG shooting of this team is relentless.
o Spread the ball around and get it to the open man. Dallas could pretty
  well shoot anywhere in the field.

Defending:
o Don't make your opponent run for fast breaks. 
o The rebound is no problem.
o Dirk could make short work of smaller SF with his height.
o Using V.Exel and Nash at the same time could create great pressure on the
  back court with their stealls.

Key Players:
PG - #13 Steve Nash         - These guys could shoot absolutely anywhere and
SG - #4  Michael Finley       could take the ball strong to the hoop. They got
SF - #41 Dirk Nowitzki        a great shooting skill as well as speed.
PG - #31 Nick Van Exel      




Denver Nuggets (Denver, CO)
---------------------------
Rating: 28th
Coach: Jeff Bzdelik
Court: Pepsi Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #11 Kenny Satterfield   :77  6'2   170  1
SG - #41 James Posey         :84  6'8   215  3
SF - #32 Ryan Bowen          :72  6'9   220  3
PF - #7  Juwan Howard        :83  6'9   260  8
C  - #23 Marcus Camby        :85  6'11  225  6


Bench Players:
SF - #21 George Mccloud      :77  6'8   230  12
SF - #22 Nikoloz Tskitishvili:76  7'0   225  R
SF - #1  Donnell Harvey      :71  6'8   220  2
PF - #31 Nene Hilario        :75  6'11  260  R
SG - #4  Predrag Savovic     :71  6'6   225  R
C  - #30 Mark Blount         :71  7'0   250  2
PF - #5  Rodney White        :73  6'9   230  1

Injured Reserve: 
PF - #15 Chris Andersen      :75  6'10  220  1
SF - #3  Vincent Yarbough    :73  6'7   210  R
PG - #8  Darrick Martin      :74  5'11  170  8

On the Offensive Side:
o Denver could be effective with their tall lineup.
o They could rule the game with their inside game.
o Posey and Satterfield's speed could give them better shot selections as
  they recieve the pick and roll from bigger guys.
o Denver has a bench that could carry out the offense.
o Pick and Rolls plus the Isolation with either your guards could free either
  your guard for a shot or the player making the pick.

Defending:
o Don't make your opponent run for fast breaks. 
o You big men could easily get those loose balls.
o Shot blocking shouldn't be a problem.
o Take the charge if your opponent tries to drive inside with either of your
  guards.
o Use taller guys at situations you need them.

Key Players:
SG - #41 James Posey         - Posey is a reliable Shooting Guard, paired with
                               speed and a decent shooting skill.
PF - #7  Juwan Howard        - This two guys could work down low plus crash
C  - #23 Marcus Camby          boards as well as take care of the rejection.
SF - #22 Nikoloz Tskitishvili- From the bench his height and speed could 
                               create a quick advantage.


Detroit Pistons (Detroit, MI)
-----------------------------
Rating: 8th
Coach: Rick Carlisle
Court: The Palace of Auburn Hills

Starting Lineup:
PG - #1  Chauncy Billups     :84  6'3   202  5
SG - #32 Rip Hamilton        :82  6'7   193  3
SF - #34 Corliss Williamson  :82  6'7   245  7
PF - #30 Clifford Robinson   :85  6'10  225  13
C  - #3  Ben Wallace         :85  6'9   240  6


Bench Players:   
PG - #7  Chucky Atkins       :78  5'11  160  3
SG - #20 Jon Barry           :81  6'5   210  10
C  - #39 Zeljko Rebraca      :79  7'0   257  1
SF - #12 Michael Curry       :75  6'5   210  8
SF - #22 Tayshaun Prince     :76  6'9   215  R
SG - #24 Hubert Davis        :74  6'5   183  10
PF - #52 Don Reid            :75  6'8   250  7

Injured Reserve: 
PF - #13 Memmet Okur         :75  6'11  249  R
PG - #6  Pepe Sanchez        :69  6'4   195  2

On the Offensive Side:
o Make your role player produce some baskets.
o Utilize 2nd or 3rd chances coming from the offensive rebound Ben Wallace
  could bring you.
o Ben not only is a good rebounder but could post for a dunk as well.
o Detroit has a tough starting lineup and could bring up a perimeter based
  team from its bench.
o 3pt shoot should be selected wisely.
o Corliss and Clifford could do some pretty serious damage inside while
  Rip could try to dash in for the hoop.
o Utilize Detroit's bench. You could get decent points from them.

Defending:
o Don't make your opponent run for fast breaks. 
o Rebounding wouldn't be a problem with Ben arround.
o Detroit could seriously man up on D.


Key Players:
SG - #32 Rip Hamilton        - These two guys could work well in and out just
SF - #34 Corliss Williamson    don't rely much on their outside game 
                               preferably they'll do damage driving inside.
PF - #30 Clifford Robinson   - These two nasty big men could do damage while
C  - #3  Ben Wallace           securing both the offensive and defensive glass


Golden State Warriors (Oakland, CA)
-----------------------------------
Rating: 19th
Coach: Eric Musselman
Court: The Arena at Oakland

Starting Lineup: 
PG - #3  Bob Sura            :80  6'5   200  7
SG - #23 Jason Richardson    :85  6'6   220  1
SF - #33 Antwann Jamison     :88  6'9   223  4
PF - #21 Danny Fortson       :84  6'8   260  5
C  - #25 Erick Dampier       :78  6'11  265  6


Bench Players:
PG - #0  Gilbert Arenas      :78  6'3   191  1
SF - #10 Mike Dunleavy       :79  6'9   221  R
PF - #1  Troy Murphy         :79  6'11  245  1
SG - #4  Jiri Welsch         :72  6'7   208  R
C  - #31 Adonal Foyle        :72  6'10  265  5
SF - #34 Chris Mills         :80  6'7   220  9
PG - #11 Rafer Alston        :77  6'2   173  3


Injured Reserve:
C  - #22 Dean Garrett        :73  6'11   250  6
PF - #2  Dean Oliver         :70  5'11   175  1

On the Offensive Side:
o Use a run and gun offensive tactic.
o J-Rich and Jamison could take it strong to the hoop.
o Use Sura's 3pointing skill whenever possible.
o Mix your bench players with your starting 5, Golden State could make
  use of its bench but not rely much on it.
o Better shot selections. Smash it down whenever it's possible.
o Playing with dual point guards works perfectly with Arenas and Sura 
  lining up the back court.
o Muster all fast break points as you can. Richardson and Jamison could work
  as a great finisher.
o Play Isolation with the either Richardson/Jamison. The two could mostly
  sum up to heaps of damage.

Defending:
o Get your shot blocking game running.
o Crash boards with your big men.
o Zoning up and calling double teams at the right time works perfectly.
o Pressure the back court with two point guards (Sura and Arenas).
o Avoid getting easy baskets from their big men. GS should double up
  when necessary as they have no player in the 7'0 mark.


Key Players:
SG - #23 Jason Richardson    - These two guys could play well with pick and 
SF - #33 Antwann Jamison       rolls or play one on one with isolation. These
                               guys could take it strong to the hoop while
                               taking advantage with their height and speed.



Houston Rockets (Houston, TX)
-----------------------------
Rating: 17th
Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich
Court: Compaq Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #3  Steve Francis       :91  6'3   195  3
SG - #5  Cuttino Mobley      :84  6'4   210  4
SF - #41 Glen Rice           :72  6'8   220  13
PF - #2  Maurice Taylor      :79  6'9   260  5
C  - #11 Ming Yao            :79  7'5   296  R


Bench Players:
PF - #21 Kenny Thomas        :81  6'7   245  3
PF - #33 Eddie Griffin       :83  6'10  232  1
PG - #12 Moochie Norris      :79  6'2   185  5
C  - #13 Kelvin Cato         :76  6'11  275  5
SF - #42 Walt Williams       :77  6'8   230  10
SG - #18 Oscar Torres        :75  6'6   210  1
SF - #9  Bostjan Nachbar     :76  6'9   221  R

Injured Reserve:
C  - #52 Jason Collier       :69  7'0   260  2
PG - #6  Tito Maddox         :74  6'4   190  R
PF - #44 Terence Morris      :73  6'9   221  1

On the Offensive Side:
o Utilize Yao's skills. He could make easy lay-ups and FG shoots with his
  height.
o Start a 3 pointing game with Houston. You could upgrade your line up to
  a full roster of 3 pointers.
o Bring your bench players along. Most of Houston's guys could easily hit
  those treys.
o Pick and roll works well with Yao.
o Get 'The Franchise' going.
o Run with the ball. Houston could soar with their fast line up.

Defending:
o Attempt for steals. Houston has a couple of major pick pockets.
o Pressure the back court with dual guards.
o Crash the board with Yao. Adding in Cato for the PF position fortifies 
  the basket.
o Attempt for offensive fouls. Houston could really run.
o Make Yao work his shot blocking power.

Key Players:
PG - #3  Steve Francis       - Pick and Roll and some more pick and rolls.
C  - #11 Ming Yao              combination would surely power houston
                               offensively creating space for your three
                               pointers as they try to stop the two.


Indiana Pacers (Indianapolis, IN)
---------------------------------
Rating: 14th
Coach: Isiah Thomas
Court: Conseco Fieldhouse

Starting Lineup:
PG - #11 Jamaal Tinsley      :81  6'3   195  1
SG - #31 Reggie Miller       :84  6'7   195  15
SF - #5  Ron Mercer          :79  6'7   210  5
PF - #7  Jermaine O'Neal     :87  6'11  242  6
C  - #52 Brad Miller         :82  7'0   261  4


Bench Players:
SG - #15 Ron Artest          :84  6'7   246  3
SF - #44 Austin Croshere     :80  6'10  242  5
SF - #3  Al Harrington       :79  6'9   250  4
PF - #24 Jonathan Bender     :80  7'0   219  3
PF - #10 Jeff Foster         :76  6'11  242  3
SG - #20 Erick Strickland    :79  6'3   218  6
SG - #20 Fred Jones          :71  6'2   218  R

Injured Reserve: 
C  - #27 Primoz Brezec       :64  7'1   252  2
PG - #2  Jamison Brewer      :66  6'4   184  1
PF - #6  Carlos Rogers       :70  6'11   232  8

On the Offensive Side:
o Try to control the game and make it flow your way. 
o Try to not run with the ball. Indiana's big men couldn't run as quick as 
  they should.
o Make serious damage with O'Neal and the two Millers.
o O'neal could pretty much put up big numbers and could play a good postup
  game.
o Get your bench running. Artest, Harrington etc... could juice up a couple of
  additional baskets.
o Attempt to create a space for Reggie Miller and attempt for a quick 3points.
o Mix it up. The starting 5 and Indiana's bench pretty well match up when
  mixed properely.

Defending:
o Crash boards with your big guys.
o Try not to make turnovers to avoid fast breaks which Indiana couldn't
  defend much at times.
o Your big men is pretty much enough to guard downlow just be sure to reject
  a lot of baskets.
o Manning up on D is great for Indiana's guys.

Key Players:
SG - #31 Reggie Miller       - He could make those 3 pointers... and some 
                               more of it.
PF - #7  Jermaine O'Neal     - He could pretty much post up and slam it down
                               as wells as crashing boards and making some
                               rejections.
C  - #52 Brad Miller         - He could shoot and play hard down low.
SG - #15 Ron Artest          - A great help coming from the bench and an
                               extremely good defender.


Los Angeles Clippers (Los Angeles, CA)
--------------------------------------
Rating: 12th
Coach: Alvin Gentry
Court: Staples Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #24 Andre Miller        :88  6'2   200  3
SG - #50 Corrie Maggette     :84  6'6   228  3
SF - #7  Lamar Odom          :88  6'10  221  3
PF - #42 Elton Brand         :90  6'8   265  3
C  - #34 Michael Olowakandi  :82  7'0   270  4


Bench Players:
SF - #3  Quentin Richardson  :84  6'6   236  2
PF - #54 Chris Wilcox        :77  6'8   221  R
C  - #2  Matt Ely            :77  6'10  260  R
SG - #20 Bryant Stith        :76  6'5   210  10
SG - #52 Eric Piatkowski     :77  6'6   225  8
SG - #0  Marko Jaric         :68  6'7   198  2
PG - #1  Keyon Dooling       :74  6'3   196  2

Injured Reserve:
SF - #32 Tremaine Fowlkes    :70  6'8   220  2
C  - #45 Sean Rooks          :68  6'10  260  10
C  - #18 Cherokee Parks      :73  6'11  240  7

On the Offensive Side:
o Avoid taking 3's. LAC isn't a good 3 pointing team.
o Make a perimeter game. The clippers could do damage with their outside
  shooting.
o Brand and Olowakandi could sum up heaps of damages with their height 
  and power. The two could support a strong low post game.
o Drive inside. Odom and Miller could drive in and dish to either of your
  big men if they're in trouble.
o Rest key player whenever they're low in stamina. The Clippers doesn't
  have much of a bench.
o Pick and rolls do some major scoring as well.

Defending:
o Use Olowakandi and Brand's strenght to make a tight D' down low.
o The clippers could support a major man to man defense as their players
  have an average height and could run after their defender.
o Avoid getting easy baskets when you try to go on an all out bench only a
  few players from it could do some defense.

Key Players:
PG - #24 Andre Miller        - He could drive in and dish it out.
SF - #7  Lamar Odom          - Let him show of his dunking skills. He could
                               seriously slam it home.
PF - #42 Elton Brand         - A great low post player with a bag of FG
                               shooting as well. He could grab a lot of boards
                               for you.



Los Angeles Lakers (Los Angeles, CA)
------------------------------------
Rating: 1st
Coach: Phil Jackson
Court: Staples Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #2  Derek Fisher        :82  6'1   205  6
SG - #8  Kobe Bryant         :95  6'7   215  6
SF - #17 Rick Fox            :81  6'7   235  11
PF - #52 Samaki Walker       :78  6'9   255  6
C  - #34 Shaquille O'Neal    :96  7'1   224  10


Bench Players:
PF - #5  Robert Horry        :86  6'10  238  10
SF - #3  Devean George       :81  6'8   225  3
SG - #20 Brian Shaw          :77  6'6   200  13
SF - #35 Tracy Murray        :77  6'7   228  10
PG - #11 A.J. Guyton         :73  6'2   185  2
PF - #35 Mark Madsen         :71  6'9   245  2
C  - #45 Soumaila Samake     :67  6'10  240  1

Injured Reserve: 
PF - #14 Stanislav Medvedenko:75  6'10  255  2
PG - #12 Jannero Pargo       :72  6'2   170  R
SG - #21 Kareem Rush         :77  6'6   215  R

On the Offensive Side:
o Let Shaq and Kobe do the damage. The two could seriously put up monstrous
  numbers.
o Line-up for three point baskets. The Lakers could do a serious damage with
  it having almost half a dozen of player who could score the 3 ball.
o Let Kobe and Shaq create some mismatch as well as conjuring up trouble 
  down low.
o With Shaq's strenght he could power his way in for a shot.
o Kobe could play a wild game with his mad speed and dribbling ability. He
  could dash in and leap for the dunk, take a perimeter shot or even take
  a quick three,
o The Laker's bench can produce some numbers.
o Pick and roll shines.
o Kobe's isolation shines even brighter.
o Run and gun!


Defending:
o Man to man D works perfectly.
o They could match mostly any team and not find a trouble with the rebounds.
o Make Shaq block shots as well as grab loose boards.
o Kobe could also play as a Point guard either adding more fire power or
  a defensive player in the game.

Key Players:
SG - #8  Kobe Bryant         - The two dynamic duo could shoot well, grab
C  - #34 Shaquille O'Neal      the rebound, reject shot as well as making 
                               some troubles on the offensive side.



Memphis Grizzlies (Memphis, TN)
-------------------------------
Rating: 13th
Coach: Sidney Lowe
Court: The Pyramid

Starting Lineup:
PG - #2  Jason Williams      :84  6'1   190  4
SG - #8  Michael Dickerson   :84  6'5   190  4
SF - #31 Shane Battier       :84  6'8   220  1
PF - #16 Pau Gasol           :86  7'0   227  1
C  - #42 Lorenzen Wright     :81  6'11  240  6


Bench Players:
PF - #0  Drew Gooden         :79  6'10  230  R
PG - #22 Brevin Knight       :77  5'10  170  5
PF - #4  Stromile Swift      :83  6'9   225  2
SG - #1  Wesley Person       :80  6'6   200  8
PF - #44 Tony Massenburg     :77  6'9   250  10
PG - #25 Earl Watson         :73  6'1   190  R
SG - #13 Gordon Giricek      :69  6'6   216  R

Injured Reserve: 
C  - #15 Cezary Trybanski    :74  7'2   240  R
PF - #21 Robert Archibald    :77  6'11  250  R
PF - #20 Chris Owens         :68  6'7   245  R

On the Offensive Side:
o Pau could work well down the stretch.
o Jason Williams could run it down for a drive or dish it out for quick
  basket to either Gasol or Wright.
o Memphis' Bench could help out and score some numbers as well.
o The team could start a 3 pointing game as well but don't rely much on it.
o Pick and roll plays works with Gasol perfectly.
o Posting up with your big men could produce some numbers as well.


Defending:
o Man to man D works well.
o Crash the boards with Gasol, utilizing his height.
o Attempt to take charge to gain the possession back.
o Never let fast break points go.
o Make your big players block shots.

Key Players:
PG - #2  Jason Williams      - Get him to run the pick and roll. He could
                               shot from the perimeter as well.
SF - #31 Shane Battier       - Get his shooting going. Give him a quick screen
                               then use it for a shot.
PF - #16 Pau Gasol           - With his height he could create a serious 
                               match-up when down in a SF spot.





Miami Heat (Miami, FL)
-----------------------
Rating: 25th
Coach: Pat Riley
Court: American Airlines Arena

Starting Lineup: 
PG - #5  Travis Best         :81  5'11  181  7
SG - #6  Eddie Jones         :89  6'6   210  8
SF - #4  Caron Butler        :79  6'7   217  R
PF - #44 Brian Grant         :82  6'9   254  8
C  - #50 Vladimar Stepania   :78  7'1   255  4


Bench Players:
SF - #3  Laphonso Ellis      :77  6'8   240  10
PG - #21 Anthony Carter      :74  6'2   195  3
SG - #24 Jimmy Jackson       :80  6'6   220  10
PF - #22 Sean Marks          :69  6'10  250  4
PG - #7  Mike Jones          :74  6'2   190  1
C  - #52 Ernest Brown        :66  7'0   244  1
PG - #5  Ellie House         :77  6'1   180  2

Injured Reserve:

PF - #35 Malik Allen         :67  6'10  255  1
SF - #45 Rasual Butler       :73  6'7   205  R
PG - #11 Khalid El-Amin      :74  5'10  200  2

On the Offensive Side:
o Caron could support the team's running game as the finisher. He could easily
  slam it down the hoop.
o Get Eddie Jones the ball and have him work his way for a basket. He could
  score both inside and outside effectively.
o Have Grant post up near the basket and make a quick slam.
o Make your bench productive.

Defending:
o Put a tighter defense down low.
o Be sure to catch all loose rebounds.
o Zoning up works well but if he goes for a 3 pointing game shift to
  man-to-man then make a quick double team.

Key Players:
SG - #6  Eddie Jones         - Great permiter shooter. He could carry Miami's
                               main offense.
SF - #4  Caron Butler        - A great support player when Jones starts to
                               struggle.


Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee, WI)
-------------------------------
Rating: 24th
Coach: George Karl
Court: Bradley Center

Starting Lineup: 
PG - #10 Sam Cassell         :86  6'3   185  9
SG - #34 Ray Allen           :92  6'5   205  6
SF - #17 Anthony Mason       :79  6'8   255  13
PF - #5  Tim Thomas          :86  6'10  240  5
C  - #40 Ervin Johnson       :73  6'11  255  9


Bench Players:   
SF - #7  Toni Kukoc          :78  6'11  235  9
PG - #12 Kevin Ollie         :72  6'2   195  5
PF - #35 Jason Caffey        :74  6'8   256  7
C  - #8  Jake Przybilla      :71  7'1   255  2
PF - #12 Marcus Haislip      :77  6'10  230  R
SG - #15 Ronald Murray       :71  6'4   190  R
SF - #45 Cedric Henderson    :73  6'7   225  5
Injured Reserve: 
PF - #31 Jamal Sampson       :70  6'11  235  R
C  - #50 Dan Gadzuric        :69  6'11  240  R
PG - #34 Mike Wilks          :70  5'11  185  R

On the Offensive Side:
o Ray Allen is the man. He could carry the whole offense up and start firing
  from the perimeter.
o Sam could drive it strong or dish it to Allen.
o Thomas could create space and start throwing down some baskets. He's quick
  and could move great down low.
o Use Allen and Thomas for the Pick and Roll. Take a quick trey with Allen or
  pass it to the rolling Thomas.
o Mix the starting 5 with the bench. Milwaukee's bench isn't as productive
  as it should be.
o Run a slow game whenever your main guns (Cassell/Allen/Thomas) is out
  resting. Buying out as much time is very essential.

Defending:
o Switch to the guard Cassell to double up on D. He's quick enough to get
  right back to his man if he descided to pass it back.
o Tim Thomas could be your #1 man when it comes to rebounding and rejecting
  shots so be sure to have him do those things.
o Force the offense to turnover the ball with the offensive foul violation
  Allen and Cassell could do most things perfectly and at the same time
  get right back to their man.

Key Players:
PG - #10 Sam Cassell         - Great point guard, he could dish points and 
                               assist all together.
SG - #34 Ray Allen           - You main gun. Use him up to the fullest. He
                               could drive in, shoot or take 3s.
PF - #5  Tim Thomas          - Good low post player.


Minnesota Timberwolves (Minneapolis, MN)
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Rating: 11th
Coach: Flip Saunders
Court: Target Center


Starting Lineup:
PG - #7  Terrell Brandon     :83  5'11  173  11
SG - #10 Wally Szczerbiak    :83  6'7   244  3
SF - #21 Kevin Garnett       :95  6'11  220  7
PF - #32 Joe Smith           :83  6'10  225  7
C  - #8  Rasho Nesterovic    :79  7'0   248  4


Bench Players:
SG - #44 Anthony Peeler      :77  6'4   208  10
SF - #13 Kendall Gill        :77  6'5   215  12
PG - #11 Troy Hudson         :81  6'1   170  5
C  - #25 Marc Jackson        :77  6'10  270  2
SF - #13 Felipe Lopez        :76  6'5   195  4
SG - #1  Maurice Evans       :69  6'5   220  1
PF - #20 Gary Trent          :78  6'8   250  7

Injured Reserve:
C  - #3  Loren Woods         :74  7'1   246  1
PG - #36 Igor Rakocevic      :71  6'2   184  2
PG - #99 Randy Livingston    :73  6'4   209  6

On the Offensive Side:
o Get Garnett rocking the rim. He could power his way in or shoot a jumper
  near the hoop.
o Szczerbiak's shooting skill could come in handy. Use pick and rolls to free
  a space for this shooter.
o The bench could get hot if you start using them right but it'll result to a
  slower game.
o Use KG to the fullest. Have him do most of the offense and have Szczerbiak
  rest earlier then replace him if he's tired and with the rested Szczerbiak
  to carry the offense.
o Supporting players like Joe Smith, Brandon and Nestorovic should get on the
  act and start helping out if the two started to struggle. Simple Pick and
  Roll or +Isolation could pretty much bring easy baskets.

Defending:
o Use Garnett's height and leaping ability to crash the boards and reject
  some shots. He's one crazy defender.
o Just stay ahead of the player you're guarding and attempt for a steal.
o Your big men could easily swarm driving players that are smaller making it
  less frequent to hit the shot.

Key Players:
SG - #10 Wally Szczerbiak    - Could carry out the offense with KG. He
                               could really shoot well.
SF - #21 Kevin Garnett       - He's one crazy offensive and defensive player.



New Jersey Nets (East Rutherford, NJ)
-------------------------------------
Rating: 6th
Coach: Byron Scott
Court: Continental Airlines Arena

Starting Lineup:
PG - #5  Jason Kidd           :93  6'4   212  8
SG - #30 Kerry Kittles        :82  6'5   180  6
SF - #24 Richard Jefferson    :82  6'7   222  1
PF - #6  Kenyon Martin        :87  6'9   234  2
C  - #55 Dikembe Mutombo      :83  7'2   2650  11


Bench Players:
PF - #54 Rodney Rogers        :85  6'7   255  9
SG - #12 Lucious Harris       :76  6'5   205  9
SF - #34 Aaron Williams       :76  6'9   240  8
PG - #2  Chris Childs         :77  6'3   195  8
C  - #35 Jason Collins        :74  7'0   260  1
PF - #14 Jamie Feick          :74  6'8   255  6
SG - #1  Brandon Armstrong    :71  6'5   188  1

Injured Reserve:
PF  - #21 Brian Scalabrine    :67  6'9   240  1
SG  - #8  Tamar Slay          :74  6'8   215  R
SF  - #13 Donny Marshall      :72  6'7   230  5


On the Offensive Side:
o Get the ball to everyone. New Jersey's lineup could hit shots from almost 
  anywhere in the field.
o Create damage down low with K-Mart. He could speed things up and slam it
  down with a dunk.
o Kidd could create space simply driving inside and dishing it out to the open
  player.
o Jefferson could take the ball strong to the hoop and smash it down or he
  could make a quick jumper.
o Almost all of the NJ's players are able to hit a pretty decent perimeter
  jumper and at the same time some could smash it hard.
o Even their bench could create a lot of bench production.

Defending:
o Switch to Jason Kidd to help out grab those rebounds. He's one of the few
  guards who could grab 2 or more boards in a night.
o K-Mart could reject shots as good as he could smash it in the hoop.
o Rebounding is never a problem.
o Man to man D is great simply double with Jason Kidd when there's a
  mis-match.

Key Players:
PG - #5  Jason Kidd           - He could pass, shoot, grab boards. Any 
                                Questions?
PF - #6  Kenyon Martin        - Take the ball to the low post and smash it in
                                he could reject shots as well.



New Orleans Hornets (New Orleans, LA)
-------------------------------------
Rating: 7th
Coach: Paul Silas
Court: New Orleans Arena

Starting Lineup:
PG - #1  Baron Davis         :91  6'3   223  3
SG - #4  David Wesley        :81  6'1   203  9
SF - #24 Jamal Mashburn      :85  6'8   247  9
PF - #42 P.J. Brown          :83  6'11  239  9
C  - #5  Elden Campbell      :85  7'0   279  12


Bench Players:
SF - #9  George Lynch        :77  6'8   235  9
C  - #21 Jamaal Magloire     :80  6'11  259  2
SF - #2  Stacey Augmon       :77  6'8   213  11
SG - #32 Courtney Alexander  :77  6'6   205  2
SF - #54 Lee Nailon          :77  6'9   238  2
PF - #35 Kirk Haston         :71  6'9   242  1
PG - #17 Bryce Drew          :77  6'3   184  4

Injured Reserve:
PF - #50 Matt Bullard        :70  6'10  229  11
PF - #6  Jerome Moiso        :70  6'10  232  2
PF - #34 Robert Traylor      :79  6'8   284  4

On the Offensive Side:
o Elden Campbell is very effective downlow and could hit short ranged jumpers
  as well.
o Monster Mash could take it strong to the hoop or shoot outside.
o Baron could start firing and would be great with the pick and rolls.
o You should rest up one of your key players and have the other work the
  offense. It's pretty hard to come up with a high number bench score.
o Use your big guys.
o Fast breaks!

Defending:
o Man-to-man is the choice.
o Grab loose balls.
o Never let fast breaks happen.
o Clog the driving line when using a bigger line up.

Key Players:
PG - #1  Baron Davis         - He could shoot well and come up a point from
                               pick and roll plays. He could produce even with
                               isolations.
SF - #24 Jamal Mashburn      - An offensive monster. That's why he's named as
                               Monster Mash.
C  - #5  Elden Campbell      - Great player underneath the rim.




New York Knicks (New York, NY)
------------------------------
Rating: 18th
Coach: Don Chaney
Court: Madison Square Garden

Starting Lineup:
PG - #4  Howard Eisley         :77  6'2   180  8
SG - #20 Allan Houston         :84  6'6   200  9
SF - #8  Latrell Sprewell      :88  6'5   195  10
PF - #34 Antonio Mcdyess       :86  6'9   245  7
C  - #40 Kurt Thomas           :81  6'9   235  7


Bench Players:
SF - #35 Clarence Weatherspoon :78  6'7   270  10
PF - #32 Othella Harrington    :78  6'9   235  6
PG - #21 Charlie Ward          :83  6'2   185  8
SG - #49 Shandon Anderson      :78  6'6   210  6
PF - #31 Mark Pope             :69  6'10  235  4
C  - #51 Michael Doleac        :73  6'11  262  4
C  - #50 Felton Spencer        :64  7'0   290  12


Injured Reserve:
PG - #30 Frank Williams        :76  6'3   205  R
SF - #7  Lavor Postell         :71  6'5   215  2
C  - #44 Travis Knight         :73  7'0   235  6

On the Offensive Side:
o Fuel your offense with Houston and Sprewell.
o Both could hit shots from almost anywhere in the field.
o Use Mcdyess and Thomas downlow. They could add some more baskets.
o Mcdyess is explosive down low and could come up with doulbe digit numbers.
o There's a pretty decent points that could be acquired from the bench.

Defending:
o Zone up. New York lacks taller guys and could find themselves in trouble 
  when facing taller opponents.
o Doubling up isn't a problem since most guys could quickly run back to
  defense.
o Get the rebounds. With the height of your PF and C you should personally
  grab the ball yourself.

Key Players:
SG - #20 Allan Houston         - These guys could start throwing out 3pointers
SF - #8  Latrell Sprewell        as well as driving inside or a FG shoot.
PF - #34 Antonio Mcdyess       - An explosive dunker and a great defender.


Orlando Magic (Orlando, FL)
---------------------------
Rating: 4th
Coach: Doc Rivers
Court: TD Waterhouse Centre

Starting Lineup:
PG - #10 Darrell Armstrong   :87  6'1   180  8
SG - #1  Tracy Mcgrady       :95  6'8   210  5
SF - #33 Grant Hill          :86  6'8   225  8
PF - #8  Pat Garrity         :82  6'9   238  4
C  - #54 Horace Grant        :78  6'10  245  15


Bench Players:
SF - #50 Mike Miller         :80  6'8   218  2
PG - #11 Jacque Vaughn       :76  6'1   190  5
C  - #34 Steven Hunter       :75  7'0   220  1
PF - #40 Shawn Kemp          :78  6'10  280  13
PF - #4  Ryan Humphrey       :72  6'8   235  R
SG - #5  Jeryl Sasser        :74  6'6   200  1
C  - #55 Andrew Declercq     :75  6'10  255  7

Injured Reserve: 
C  - #44 Peter Cornell       :69  6'11  270  1
C  - #00 Olumide Oyedeji     :66  6'10  240  2
SG - #2  Jaren Jackson       :77  6'7   225  R

On the Offensive Side:
o Two words! Tracy Mcgrady!
o Grant Hill could deliver some baskets as well.
o Pat Garrity could send home a 3 pointer a couple of times.
o Lining up for the three pointers is a great Idea having Garrity
  Miller, Mcgrady and Armstrong right there.
o Run those fast break.
o Get the bench productive with simple plays. Posting up or give an Isolation
  or even use the 3 point plays.
o Orlando could create damage with their shooting game.

Defending:
o They pretty much match up well on D.
o Mind the rebounds.
o Get your opponents to take the charge.
o Try to swat the ball away with Armstrong who could really steal balls.

Key Player:
SG - #1  Tracy Mcgrady       - He could perform miracle acts. He could power
                               the Orlando Magics to victory with his mad
                               shooting capability.


Philadelphia 76ers (Philadelphia, PA)
-------------------------------------
Rating: 27th
Coach: Larry Brown
Court: First Union Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #20 Eric Snow           :81  6'3   204  7
SG - #3  Allen Iverson       :91  6'0   165  6
SF - #4  Keith Van Horn      :84  6'10  255  5
PF - #44 Derrick Coleman     :81  6'10  270  12
C  - #11 Todd Macculloch     :76  7'0   255  3


Bench Players:
SG - #8  Aaron Mckie         :82  6'5   209  8
SF - #21 Greg Buckner        :74  6'4   210  3
C  - #1  Samuel Dalembert    :70  6'11  250  1
SF - #5  Monty Williams      :76  6'8   225  8
PF - #23 Brian Skinner       :74  6'9   265  4
PG - #5  Will Avery          :71  6'2   180  3
SF - #7  John Salmons        :73  6'7   210  R

Injured Reserve:
C  - #0  Alvis Jones         :65  6'11  265  1
PF - #25 Damone Brown        :71  6'8   202  1
PF - #50 Sam Clancy          :73  6'7   240  R

On the Offensive Side:
o AI, he's the faster player around so have him dish in for the drive. He
  could perform killer crossover to leave his man behind.
o DC performs well down low and could take fouls as he proves to be making
  those 3 point play over and over.
o Kieth Van Horn and AI could line up for 3 but you better sure it's a wise
  decision.
o Get help from the bench.
o Run and gun. 76ers could thrive itself with fast break points.

Defending:
o Go help AI when he's facing a larger and more aggressive player.
o Pull down some rebounds.
o 76ers should not let dashing player in easily.
o Create steals. 76ers has the best player who could steal the ball.

Key Player:
SG - #3  Allen Iverson       - AI could produce point for the 76ers. He could 
                               use his speed to create trouble down the
                               stretch.


Phoenix Suns (Phoenix, AZ)
--------------------------
Rating: 26th
Coach: Frank Johnson
Court: America West Arena

Starting Lineup:
PG - #3  Stephon Marbury     :87  6'2   205  6
SG - #1  Penny Hardaway      :84  6'7   215  9
SF - #31 Shawn Marion        :91  6'7   215  3
PF - #24 Tom Gugliotta       :79  6'10  250  10
C  - #25 Jake Tsakalidis     :75  7'2   290  2


Bench Players:
PF - #45 Bo Outlaw           :79  6'8   220  9
C  - #42 Scott Williams      :72  6'10  260  12
SF - #2  Joe Johnson         :78  6'7   235  1
PF - #32 Amare Stoudemire    :74  6'10  245  R
PF - #4  Alton Ford          :68  6'9   280  1
SG - #23 Casey Jacobson      :74  6'6   215  R
PG - #0  Randy Brown         :69  6'2   190  11

Injured Reserve: 
C  - #43 Jake Voskuhl        :71  6'11  245  2
SF - #14 Dan Langhi          :71  6'11  220  2

On the Offensive Side:
o Starbury and 'The Matrix' could start the show for the Suns.
o Marbury has a mad scoring talent and even works well running with the pick
  and roll. He could dish out some dimes as well.
o Shawn Marion is the man. He could score serious baskets and still manage to
  play tight defense.
o Get help from the bench. E.i. the rookie Amare could grab major boards, Bo
  Outlaw could play a better D than Gugliotta, etc...
o Better shot selection. Pass it to the open man.

Defending:
o The Suns has a number of rebounding players which will not give you a
  problem getting the rebounds.
o Play a tight man-to-man Defense.

Key Players:
PG - #3  Stephon Marbury     - They could get the whole Sun's offense
SF - #31 Shawn Marion          fired up.


Portland Trailblazers (Portland, OR)
------------------------------------
Rating: 3rd
Coach: Maurice Cheeks
Court: Rose Garden

Starting Lineup:
PG - #3  Damon Stoudmire     :84  5'10  171  7
SG - #6  Bonzi Wells         :86  6'5   210  4
SF - #33 Scottie Pippen      :83  6'8   228  15
PF - #30 Rasheed Wallace     :93  6'11  230  7
C  - #34 Dale Davis          :82  6'11  252  11


Bench Players:
C  - #11 Arvydas Sabonis     :78  7'3   292  7
SG - #1  Derek Anderson      :81  6'5   195  5
SG - #10 Antonio Daniels     :78  6'4   205  5
SF - #21 Ruben Patterson     :80  6'5   224  4
PG - #5  Jeff Mcinnis        :79  6'4   179  5
PF - #50 Zach Randolph       :78  6'9   253  1
SG - #24 Qyntel Woods        :76  6'8   221  R

Injured Reserve:
C  - #44 Ruben Boumtje       :67  7'0   257  1
SG - #7  Charles Smith       :77  6'4   200  4
C  - #00 Amal Mccaskill      :64  6'11  245  3

On the Offensive Side:
o Pass the ball around. The Trailblazers could shoot almost anywhere in the
  court.
o Take the ball inside and let Rasheed do some damage.
o Use pick and roll plays. Wallace and Davis could pretty much do a great
  screen and at the same time get the basket as they roll.
o Dash inside. Portland got a fast back court. Stoudmire and Wells could
  run inside for a quick basket.
o Isolation. Those two could play it with their dribbling and speed.
o Get your bench production going. Portland needs a productive bench while
  key players are resting.
o Get shots from behind the arc but not too much. Taking a screen will be a
  nice idea then simply pass the ball to the rolling player if you couldn't 
  find a shot.

Defending:
o You can use a taller Center (replacing Davis with Sabonis) this will secure
  a good rebound as well as a possible shot blocker down low.
o Double Team. Portland's back court could run back and forth with their speed
o Zone in and clog the middle. You could cause a turnover but at times it'll
  result for a foul or a pass to the outside so be careful.
o Attempt for steals and block shots.

Key Players:
SG - #6  Bonzi Wells         - His speed and scoring ability is great.
PF - #30 Rasheed Wallace     - A relentless attacker down low. He could get
                               those rebounds and reject shots as well.

Sacramento Kings (Sacramento, CA)
---------------------------------
Rating: 2nd
Coach: Rick Adelman
Court: Arco Arena

Starting Lineup:
PG - #10 Mike Bibby           :83  6'1   190  4
SG - #13 Doug Christie        :86  6'5   205  10
SF - #16 Peja Stojakovic      :85  6'9   229  4
PF - #4  Chris Webber         :95  6'10  245  9
C  - #21 Vlade Divac          :85  7'1   260  13


Bench Players:
C  - #7  Keon Clark           :84  6'11  221  4
PG - #24 Bobby Jackson        :82  6'1   185  5
SF - #5  Kedo Turkoglu        :77  6'10  220  2
SG - #8  Mateen Cleaves       :71  6'2   205  2
C  - #31 Scott Pollard        :78  6'11  265  5
PF - #51 Lawrence Funderburke :76  6'9   230  5
SF - #3  Gerald Wallace       :78  6'7   215  1

Injured Reserve:
PF - #52 Chucky Brown         :72  6'8   220  13
PG - #25 Brent Price          :72  6'1   185  9
SF - #34 Corsley Edwards      :70  6'9   275  R

On the Offensive Side:
o Half a dozen of Sacramento's line up could hit a Jumper from almost anywhere
  in the field.
o The King's could start firing three pointers all night long.
o You could upgrade your line up with a dual point guard for added speed.
o Work down low. A lot of players could easily bring it home in that territory
  Chris Webber could deliver it easily for you.
o Peja could shoot and will tend to not miss so take advantage of his skill.
o Sacramento's bench could score as much as some of the league's starting
  lineup.

Defending:
o Not much of a problem defending. Man-to-man Defense is enough.
o Simply double up on D whenever there's a problem.
o Grab the boards. Anyone in their line up could do it.
o Get some shots rejected.

Key Players:
SF - #16 Peja Stojakovic      - He hit shots from almost anywhere.
PF - #4  Chris Webber         - He could easily slam it down, shoot from
                                the perimeter, Grab rebounds and block 
                                shots.


San Antonio Spurs (San Antonio, TX)
-----------------------------------
Rating: 21st
Coach: Gregg Popovich
Court: SBC Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #9  Tony Parker          :79  6'2   180  1
SG - #8  Steve Smith          :81  6'8   221  11
SF - #12 Bruce Bowen          :75  6'7   200  6
PF - #21 Tim Duncan           :95  7'0   260  5
C  - #50 David Robinson       :86  7'1   250  13


Bench Players:
PG - #10 Speedy Claxton       :76  5'11  166  1
SF - #3  Stephen Jackson      :72  6'8   220  2
PF - #31 Malik Rose           :81  6'7   255  6
C  - #42 Kevin Willis         :78  7'0   245  18
SG - #13 Emanuel Ginobili     :78  6'6   210  R
PG - #25 Steve Kerr           :72  6'3   180  14
SF - #35 Danny Ferry          :70  6'10  235  12

Injured Reserve:
PG - #22 Erick Barkley        :72  6'1   185  2
PG - #1  Jason Hart           :72  6'2   181  2
C  - #27 Mengke Bateer        :76  6'11  290  1

On the Offensive Side:
o Play with your big men down low. They could create serious damage.
o Or bail out with an outside shot. San Antonio is a good all around team
  passing the ball around could create space and slowly bring down baskets.
o 3 pointing seemed to be an option for this team as they have a number who
  could shoot it from that range.
o An even bench production.
o Make Tim run the whole offense. Get the double team and drop off assists.
o Run for fast breaks. The Spurs could run pretty well.

Defending:
o Your big men could take care of the rebounds.
o Go try out for steals.
o Reject shots if you can.
o Manning up on Defense is pretty much enough.

Key Players:
PF - #21 Tim Duncan           - He could shoot the ball from the perimeter as
                                good as he could take it strong to the basket.


Seattle Supersonics (Seattle, WA)
---------------------------------
Rating: 10th
Coach: Nate McMillan
Court: Key Arena

Starting Lineup:
PG - #20 Gary Payton         :92  6'4   180  12
SG - #24 Desmond Mason       :83  6'5   222  2
SF - #7  Rashard Lewis       :89  6'10  215  4
PF - #52 Calvin Booth        :74  6'11  231  3
C  - #33 Jerome James        :74  7'1   272  2


Bench Players:
PG - #8  Kenny Anderson      :81  6'1   168  11
SF - #31 Brent Barry         :86  6'6   203  7
PF - #77 Vladimar Radmanovic :80  6'10  234  1
C  - #14 Peja Drobnjak       :74  6'11  272  1
C  - #9  Vitaly Potapenko    :76  6'10  285  6
SF - #45 Ansu Sesay          :74  6'9   225  1
SG - #40 Joe Forte           :77  6'4   194  1

On the Offensive Side:
o Gary, Desmond and Rashard could deal with the offensive side. They could
  carry the whole offense up.
o Have them drive in and score down low.
o Get the pick and roll running.
o Start a running game. It's hard to stop the Sonics when they run.
o Start a problem down low and simply pass it to the open man when they double

Defending:
o Watch for the rebounds.
o Zone if bigger guys or the opponent started driving a lot.
o Man up if they're thinking of perimeters.
o Be sure to reject shots and attempt for steals.
o Force your opponent to take offensive charges.
o Pressure them right away from the back court.

Key Players:
PG - #20 Gary Payton         - This three guys could bring off the offense
SG - #24 Desmond Mason         firing. They could drive in for the basket or
SF - #7  Rashard Lewis         deal it off with a jumper.


Toronto Raptors (Toronto, CND)
------------------------------
Rating: 22nd
Coach: Lenny Wilkins
Court: Air Canada Centre

Starting Lineup:
PG - #20 Alvin Williams       :81  6'5   185  5
SG - #24 Morris Peterson      :82  6'7   215  2
SF - #15 Vince Carter         :94  6'6   225  4
PF - #33 Antonio Davis        :86  6'9   230  9
C  - #00 Eric Montross        :66  7'0   270  8


Bench Players:
SF - #30 Lamond Murray        :85  6'7   235  8
SF - #13 Jerome Williams      :79  6'9   206  6
PG - #11 Lindsey Hunter       :76  6'2   195  9
C  - #7  Nate Huffman         :72  7'1   245  R
PF - #5  Michael Bradley      :76  6'10  225  1
SF - #1  Chris Jefferies      :75  6'8   215  R
SG - #8  Jermaine Jackson     :70  6'5   204  3

Injured Reserve:
C  - #32 Mamadou N'Diaye      :67  7'0   255  2
SG - #44 Derrick Dial         :75  6'4   184  3
SG - #30 Dell Curry           :75  6'5   205  16

On the Offensive Side:
o Have Vince start pouring points and simply have other players (like Davis,
  Peterson) to help out.
o Never attempt a 3 pointing game. The raptors doesn't thrives itself with it
  but they could evenly hit those baskets.
o Pick and rolls.
o Isolation. Vince Carter could really shine with it.

Defending:
o Watch for the rebounds.
o Zone if bigger guys or the opponent started driving a lot.
o Man up if they're thinking of perimeters.
o Be sure to reject shots and attempt for steals.
o Force your opponent to take offensive charges.
o Pressure them right away from the back court.

Key Players:
SF - #15 Vince Carter         - Vinsanity could deliver the ball strong to the
                                basket. He could start out a running game for
                                the Raptors evenly.



Utah Jazz (Salt Lake City, UT)
------------------------------
Rating: 23rd
Coach: Jerry Sloa
Court: Delta Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #12 John Stockton       :85  6'1   175  18
SG - #21 Matt Harpring       :82  6'7   231  4
SF - #47 Andrei Kirilenko    :84  6'9   225  2
PF - #32 Karl Malone         :92  6'9   256  17
C  - #31 Jarron Collins      :75  6'11  252  1


Bench Players:
SF - #29 Calbert Cheaney     :73  6'7   217  9
PG - #13 Mark Jackson        :81  6'3   195  15
PF - #2  Curtis Borchardt    :74  7'0   240  R
SG - #22 Deshawn Stevenson   :75  6'5   210  2
C  - #00 Greg Ostertag       :71  7'2   280  7
C  - #13 John Amaechi        :73  6'10  270  4
PG - #30 Carlos Arroyo       :71  6'2   202  1

Injured Reserve:
PG - #24 Raul Lopez          :70  6'0   160  R
SF - #34 Scott Padgett       :81  6'9   240  3
SG - #9  John Starks         :75  6'5   190  13

On the Offensive Side:
o Stockton to Malone is as effective as that of the real thing.
o Utah could create an outside game or make Malone fight inside.
o Harpring and Kirilenko could send those perimeter jumpers in.
o Use your bench a lot. They could bring doulbe number down.

Defending:
o Watch for the rebounds.
o Zone if bigger guys or the opponent started driving a lot.
o Man up if they're thinking of perimeters.
o Be sure to reject shots and attempt for steals.
o Force your opponent to take offensive charges.
o Pressure them right away from the back court.

Key Players:
SF - #47 Andrei Kirilenko    - He could start firing from any where. He could
                               bring it strong to the basket as well.
PF - #32 Karl Malone         - He could shoot as good as he could dunk it.
                               He could grab the boards or even dish out
                               assists.



Washington Wizards (Washington D.C.)
------------------------------------
Rating: 9th
Coach: Doug Collins
Court: MCI Center

Starting Lineup:
PG - #20 Larry Hughes        :85  6'5   184  4
SG - #42 Jerry Stackhouse    :93  6'6   218  7
SF - #23 Michael Jordan      :89  6'6   216  14
PF - #5  Kwame Brown         :78  6'11  248  1
C  - #55 Jahidi White        :75  6'9   290  4

Bench Players:
SF - #3  Byron Russel        :83  6'7   225  9
PG - #12 Chris Whitney       :81  6'0   175  9
C  - #00 Brendon Haywood     :76  7'0   268  1
PF - #44 Christian Laettner  :79  6'11  245  10
PG - #3  Juan Dixon          :74  6'3   164  R
PF - #34 Charles Oakley      :76  6'9   245  17
PF - #1  Jared Jeffries      :78  6'11  230  R

Injured Reserve:
C  - #36 Etan Thomas         :76  6'10  260  2
PG - #10 Tyronne Lue         :81  6'0   178  4
SF - #35 Brian Cardinal      :70  6'8   245  2

On the Offensive Side:
o Get Stack and MJ firing. They could really rally the offensive side.
o Sink those 3 pointers. The Wizards could bring up a back court of 3-pointers
  they could deal damage as much as they can.
o Perimter game. You could mostly hit shots from the perimeter with a good
  screen with this team.
o Play it down low. Brown, White, Laettner or Haywood could deal it down low.
o Use your bench. You could find that some players is more effective that your
  current line up.

Defending:
o Watch for the rebounds.
o Zone if bigger guys or the opponent started driving a lot.
o Man up if they're thinking of perimeters.
o Be sure to reject shots and attempt for steals.
o Force your opponent to take offensive charges.
o Pressure them right away from the back court.

Key Players:
SG - #42 Jerry Stackhouse    - This two guys could run the fast breaks, score
SF - #23 Michael Jordan        from the perimeter or take it strong to the 
                               hoop.



                            *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
                            * 2003 Roster Update -
                            *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-

This Roster team update is accurate as of March 21, 2003. The ( * ) denotes
that that certain player is in the injured list. Players with a little
identification are missing players. Denoted by a ( ??? ) their jersey number
position, height, weight, birth date, college and the years pro. 


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 
Milt Palacio 
(???)17 Smush Parker G 6-4 180 6/01/81 Fordham '04 R 
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 
(???)17 Antoine Rigaudeau* G 6-7 210 12/17/71 France R 
Nick Van Exel 
Walt Williams 

Denver
------
Chris Andersen 
Ryan Bowen 
Marcus Camby 
(???)6 Junior Harrington G 6-4 190 10/02/80 Wingate '02 R
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 
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 
(???)24 Mike Batiste F 6-8 225 11/21/77 Arizona State '99 R 
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 
(???)54 Ken Johnson C-F 6-11 227 2/01/78 Ohio State '01 R 
Eddie Jones *
(???)21 Sean Lampley F 6-7 227 9/03/79 California R 
Sean Marks *
Alonzo Mourning*
Vladimir Stepania 

Milwaukee
---------
Jason Caffey
Sam Cassell
Dan Gadzuric
Marcus Haislip 
Ervin Johnson 
Toni Kukoc 
Anthony Mason 
Desmond Mason 
Gary Payton 
Joel Przybilla *
Michael Redd
Jamal Sampson
Tim Thomas

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
(???)31 Pat Burke* C-F 6-11 250 12/14/73 Auburn '97 R - Undrafted
Andrew DeClercq
Pat Garrity
7 Gordan Giricek 
9 Drew Gooden 
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 and I'll just separate the Franchise guide
into another topic. 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.

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.

Playoffs
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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
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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
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You can sharpen your skills here. You're alone in a gym and simply shoot
around and practice.



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                            * Create Player *
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Okay I've been recieving e-mails about certain part of the create player
ratings that needed some explanations. I'll disregard the usuall stuffs that
are pretty common and is pretty straight-forward. Well, the rating needed some
explanations so here we go!

Here's a somewhat basic explanation with the ratings given.

50 - 60  - The rating's pretty dull
60 - 70  - Below Average
70 - 80  - Average
80 - 90  - Good
90 - 99  - Excellent

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.) I'll refer to that little chart up there later
on so it won't be hard for me to keep on assuming things.

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.

Okay now for about the combinations: I'll just categorize them into simple 
categories. The rating here are tested and are set to the minimum so it's up
to you to either tweak it or buff it up. BTW, It has nothing to do with the
templates it's rather more of an experiment. Also, It's up to you to add the 
rating I'll just dish in what they need.


A Rebounder
Off/Deff Rebound - Good - Excellent
Jumping - Average
Deff. Awareness - Average

A good Defender
Deff Awareness - Good to Excellent
Stealing - Good(85) to Excellent(92 at least)
Quickness - Good
Speed - Average
Jumping - Good
Blocking - Below Average

A good Point Guard
FG - Average
3pt - Average
Quickness - Good
Speed - Good
Dribbling - Excellent
Passing - Excellent
Off Awareness -  Good

A scorer
FG - Good to Excellent
3pt - Good to Excellent
Quickness - Good to Excellent
Speed - Good to Excellent
Off. Awareness - Excellent
Primacy - Excellent

There, basically that should be it. It's somehow will teach you a thing or
two when creating a pretty decent player.



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                            * 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.


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                            * 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.



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                         * 1 on 1 Ball checks -
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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


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                           * Tips & Tricks *
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Here's a few. Courtesy of gamewinners.com. There isn't a cheat in the game
actually simply a place to create a perfect player or go and make Busta
Rhymes appear.

Play as B-Rich:
Enter the create-a-player screen and enter DOLLABILLS as a last name. 
A message will confirm correct code entry. B-Rich will appear in the 
free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get him 
on your team. 

Play as Busta Rhymes:
Enter the create-a-player screen and enter FLIPMODE as a last name.
A message will confirm correct code entry. Busta Rhymes will appear 
in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to 
get him on your team. 

Play as DJ Clue:
Enter the create-a-player screen and enter MIXTAPES as a last name.
A message will confirm correct code entry. DJ Clue will appear in 
the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get 
him on your team. 

Play as Ghetto Fabulous:
Enter the create-a-player screen and enter GHETTOFAB as a last name. 
A message will confirm correct code entry. Ghetto Fabulous will 
appear in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" 
option to get him on your team. 

Play as Hot Karl:
Enter the create-a-player screen and enter CALIFORNIA as a last name. 
A message will confirm correct code entry. Hot Karl will appear in 
the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get 
him on your team. 

Play as Just Blaze:
Enter the create-a-player screen and enter GOODBEATS as a last name. 
A message will confirm correct code entry. Just Blaze will appear 
in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to 
get him on your team. 


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                              * Credits *
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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.
thebomb1345 - I based my guide on his Nintendo Gamecube guide.
Gamewinners - For having heaps of codes/secrets in their database.
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!!!!