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                   E A  S P O R T ' S  :  N B A  L i v e  2003
    NBA Live 2003 FAQ
    for PS2 (Playstation 2)
    FAQ created by Mad Monarch Gyl
    Mad Monarch Gyl (evil_tyrant_gyl@hotmail.com)
    Copyright 2003 by Mad Monarch Gyl
    Created: May 4, 2003 (05.04.03)
    MSN Contact: evil_tyrant_gyl@hotmail.com
    Version: Final
    This FAQ/Walkthrough is created for personal use only, meaning it should not
    be used for anything that gains any money. Magazines, Game Guides, Websites
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    Plagiarism is an act of stealing, ripping off, copying ideas or words of
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    Plagiarism is bad.
    Also, you could never ever use this FAQ/Walkthrough to make your own 
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    "Walang nakawan pare..." (Please don't steal =P)
    The guide could only be seen at:
    www.gamefaqs.com (D' Original)
    I.    Introduction
    II.   Revisions
    III.  Controls
    IV.   2003 Team Roster Update
    V.    Game Modes
    VI.   Create Player (Ratings explained only)
    VII.  Scoring Tips
    VIII. Defensive Tips
    IX.   1 on 1 ball checks
    X.    Freestyle Controls
    XI.   FAQs
    XII.  Credits
                                * Introduction -
    Finally completing the NBA Live 2003 FAQ for the PC version I've made up my mind
    to create one for the PS2 version as well. I couldn't say that I'm a NBA Live
    master but my skill is fair enough. Anyway that isn't on our league so why
    discuss it anyway the FAQ is basically composed of what you see in the content.
    They're rather basic and the tips if not are already learned by you guys so I'll
    just throw in some notes there. It's a pleasure to be of service again so let's
    just move on!
                                 * Revisions *
    May 4, 2003 (05.04.03) Final Version
    I guess this as a Final Version already is a great Idea as far as the guide/FAQ
    is concerned people would merely need this I guess just for basis of current
    rosters would be it. Overall the guide is very basic and would just supply you
    with things that you possibly don't or has not yet discovered yet. So there!
    May 7, 2003 (05.07.03) <8:37 AM> Just a Quick Update
    I've declared the guide's last update but then again just to post the list
    of website you could view this guide. I'ts listed just below the disclaimer
    so go have a look. If the sire you've viewed this isn't on the list then
    just report them to me and we'll make the move.
                                   * Controls -
    *This is just the default setting as I believe most are used to it.
                           _____                  _____
                          |L1,L2|                |R1,R2|
                         /-------\              /-------\
                        /     _   \____________/         \
                        |   _| |_   ___    ___      T     |
                        |  |_   _| |Sel|  |Str|   S    O  |
                        |    |_|   __        __     X     |
                        \         /  \      /  \         /
                         \       |LAS |----|RAS |       /
                          \     / \__/      \__/ \     /
                           \___/                  \___/   
    L2    - Direct Pass/Direct Switch
    L1    - Face Up/Box out
    D-Pad - Play calling
    left analog stick - Movement
    Triangle button   - Rebound/Block/Spin Move
    Square button     - Steal/Crossover/Hesitation
    X button          - Pass/Switch
    Circle Button     - Shoot/Take Charge
    right anaog stick - Freestyle Controls
    R1    - Turbo button
    R2    - Alley-oop/Last guy back
                            * 2003 Team Roster Update *
    I'll simply be enumerating the Rosters that's listed according to when you check
    their list on sign/release rosters. They're fairly straightforward as to the
    legends just follow them and it'll be fine. Some rosters aren't present and it's
    upto you whether you should create them or not. I won't be putting on how to
    create them here though. To make things easier I suggest you start out with
    Atlanta as the first team in order and simply release/sign rosters that's on the
    list. If they're not on either parts just move on to the next team and do the
    same. Once's you've completed till Washington start over and surely those
    missing players are now listed in the FA. Just use a marker to not make things
    *** - Not Present
    (Position Abbrv.) - Position Change suggestion
    (Number) - Jersey Number Change
    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 
    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 
    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 
    Carlos Boozer 
    Tierre Brown 
    Ricky Davis 
    DeSagana Diop 
    Zydrunas Ilgauskas 
    Jumaine Jones 
    Chris Mihm 
    Darius Miles - SF
    Milt Palacio 
    Smush Parker ***
    Michael Stewart
    Dajuan Wagner 
    Tariq Abdul-Wahad 
    Raja Bell ***
    Shawn Bradley 
    Evan Eschmeyer
    Michael Finley 
    Adrian Griffin 
    Avery Johnson
    Popeye Jones 
    Raef LaFrentz 
    Eduardo Najera 
    Steve Nash 
    Dirk Nowitzki 
    Antoine Rigaudeau ***
    Nick Van Exel 
    Walt Williams 
    Chris Andersen 
    Ryan Bowen 
    Marcus Camby 
    Junior Harrington ***
    Donnell Harvey 
    Nene Hilario 
    Juwan Howard 
    Predrag Savovic 
    Nikoloz Tskitishvili 
    Rodney White 
    Shammond Williams 
    Vincent Yarbrough ***
    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 
    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 ***
    Ron Artest
    Jonathan Bender 
    Jamison Brewer
    Primoz Brezec 
    Austin Croshere 
    Jeff Foster 
    Tim Hardawaty
    Al Harrington 
    Fred Jones
    Ron Mercer 
    Brad Miller 
    Reggie Miller 
    Jermaine O'Neal 
    Erick Strickland 
    Jamaal Tinsley 
    Los Angeles Clippers
    Elton Brand
    Keyon Dooling
    Melvin Ely ***
    Tremaine Fowlkes 
    Marko Jaric 
    Corey Maggette 
    Andre Miller 
    Lamar Odom 
    Michael Olowokandi
    Cherokee Parks 
    Eric Piatkowski 
    Quentin Richardson 
    Sean Rooks 
    Zhizhi Wang 
    Chris Wilcox 
    Los Angeles Lakers
    Kobe Bryant 
    Derek Fisher 
    Rick Fox 
    Devean George 
    Robert Horry 
    Mark Madsen 
    Stanislav Medvedenko 
    Tracy Murray *
    Shaquille O'Neal 
    Jannero Pargo 
    Kareem Rush 
    Brian Shaw 
    Samaki Walker 
    Robert Archibald ***
    Mike Batiste ***
    Shane Battier 
    Michael Dickerson
    Pau Gasol 
    Ryan Humphrey 
    Brevin Knight 
    Mike Miller 
    Chris Owens ***
    Wesley Person
    Stromile Swift 
    Cezary Trybanski
    Earl Watson 
    Jason Williams 
    Lorenzen Wright
    Malik Allen 
    Travis Best 
    Caron Butler 
    Rasual Butler 
    Anthony Carter 
    LaPhonso Ellis 
    Brian Grant 
    Eddie House 
    Mike James 
    Ken Johnson ***
    Eddie Jones
    Sean Lampley ***
    Sean Marks
    Vladimir Stepania 
    Jason Caffey
    Sam Cassell - PG
    Dan Gadzuric
    Marcus Haislip 
    Ervin Johnson 
    Toni Kukoc 
    Anthony Mason 
    Desmond Mason - SF
    Gary Payton - SG
    Joel Przybilla
    Michael Redd ***
    Jamal Sampson ***
    Tim Thomas - PF 
    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
    Darrell Armstrong
    Pat Burke ***
    Andrew DeClercq
    Pat Garrity
    Gordan Giricek - 7
    Drew Gooden - 9
    Grant Hill
    Steven Hunter
    Shawn Kemp
    Tracy McGrady
    Olumide Oyedeji
    Jeryl Sasser
    Jacque Vaughn
    Chris Whitney
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Kwame Brown 
    Juan Dixon 
    Brendan Haywood 
    Larry Hughes 
    Jared Jeffries
    Michael Jordan 
    Christian Laettner 
    Tyronn Lue 
    Charles Oakley 
    Bryon Russell 
    Bobby Simmons 
    Jerry Stackhouse 
    Etan Thomas
    Jahidi White
                                  * Game Modes -
    This part of the game would go deeper on the game modes option. I'll talk 
    about most of what's what here. Anyway here we go!
    Exhibition Game
    Exhibition Game is exactly the Play Now option. The only difference is it has
    more options than the Play now mode. The options are like those when playing a
    game under the season/playoff/franchise mode.
    In this mode you simply play right through the regular NBA season either with
    the team of your choice or a fantasty draft. It's much like the regular season
    have an All-Star Game, attempt for trades or sign-in free agents for help. 
    After the season, the season's MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Defensive Player,
    Sixth Man and the most improved player is given an award. A playoff will 
    follow afterwards. The only difference is the Season mode doesn't have net
    points that has something to do with trading players. Remember taht if you
    set the Fantasy Draft Option On you won't get to reset the rosters automatically
    meaning that whatever trades happen here on certain teams the rosters will not
    be reset back to it's original if you quit the season mode but it'll restore
    back to default when you restart the game anyway.
    The Franchise mode let's you play through the whole 25 NBA season with the
    team of your choice or a fantasy draft again. Much like the season mode but
    here you're the GM and either seal of trades as well, sign free agents or
    scout for upcoming free agents. After every season the season's MVP, Rookie 
    of the Year, Most Defensive Player, Sixth Man and the most improved player 
    is given an award as well. After playing with the Playoffs you'll be prompted
    to the offseasson part of the game where you can draft, resign, sign-free,
    trade, view retiring players or draft lotteries. After which the next season
    starts again. The Franchise mode makes player age, get better or stink.
    Players improves through numbers and old players retires in a time so you
    need a set of good rookies and veterans. Remember taht if you set the Fantasy
    Draft Option On you won't get to reset the rosters automatically meaning that
    whatever trades happen here on certain teams the rosters will not be reset
    back to it's original if you quit the season mode but it'll restore
    back to default when you restart the game anyway.
    This mode is the exact same playoffs you play Season or Franchise mode. The
    only difference is you'll choose which team you want to be in the playoffs.
    1 on 1
    A one vs one game in the court of your choice. You could pick any player in
    the league and match it up on any player as well.
    You can sharpen your skills here. You're alone in a gym and simply shoot
    around and practice
                                * Create Player *
    Like the other guide I'll basically put up what the other stats are for.
    All ratings differs depending on the combination of ratings. Let say you've
    given a player a 99 in rebounding but just a 50 in jumping. This means that
    he won't stand a chance against a player with a 50 rebounding and a 99
    jumping same goes to shooting. A 99 FG could shot almost anywhere in the
    court but with a low Off. Awareness makes him shoot pretty bad when guarded.
    But a player with let say a 70 in FG and a 99 in Off. Awareness could pretty
    much hit shot even when guarded. Basically, creating a player needs some key
    points to be distributed to create a perfect one(I'm not talking about some
    player who has maxed stats.)
    Template - You could choose a pre-set rating of a player either a defensive
               or an offensive one.
    Field Goal - It's basically how well a player could hit a jumper from
                 anywhere in the court.
    3 Pointers - A 85 rating here gives the player a 3pting Icon. This determines
                 how well a player could hit baskets from behind the arc.
    Free Throw - This determines how slow the guage would be. The higher it is the
                 better you could time your shot on the free throw land.
    Dunking - A 85 rating here gives the player a Dunking Icon. This determines
              how hard and the intensity of your dunks. Note that some dunks are
              customly for players so you won't see a created player dunk like
              Kobe or T-Mac.
    Inside Scoring - The higher the rating is the better he could make lay-ups
                     and the easier he could score from defenders beneath the rim.
                     Notice that MJ could always do those lay-ups despite the
                     fact that he has not much of a Dunking rating or a high
                     jumping rating. A player with a high rating here is great 
                     on dealing easy baskets beneath the rim as well as easy 
                     lay-up shots.
    Off. Rebounds - It determines how well a player could crash the offensive
    Jumping - This gives the character the ability to either fly like MJ or jump
              like a sumo-wrestler. Jumping affects almost a lot of aspects in 
              the rating.
    Strength - The strenght determines how well you could post up and it also 
               affects some aspects of the game play.
    Quickness - The quickness has some math behind it when pressing the turbo
                button so I'll probably not go deeper with it. Quickness also
                affects some roles like Blocking/Stealing or releasing the ball.
    Speed - Basically the speed a player could run.
    Passing - How well a player could pass it in the traffic. The higher it is
              the less chance of getting an errant pass or a stolen ball.
    Dribbling - It affects how fast a player could crossover and pivot. Also it
                affects how a player could dribble the ball making a lesser chance
                for the opposition to steal it.
    Off. Awareness - A very mysterious part yet after experimenting I've revealed
                     what it does. It basically a player's athleticism. A higher
                     Off Awareness could shoot the ball better than anyone else
                     and It's the player's intensity in the game as well as his
                     offensive intelligence. A result of this gives the player
                     to automatically follow up a shot.
    Def. Rebounds - Detemines how good a player could crash the defensive boards.
    Stealing - A 85 rating here gives the player a Tight-Defender Icon. It renders
               how well a player could steal the ball.
    Blocking - A 85 rating here gives the player a Blocker Icon. It shows how
               well a player could swat the ball.
    Def. Awareness - A player's defensive intensity/intelligence. A higher
                     awareness means a greater defense. Def. Awareness touches
                     the rebounding portion as well. A higher rating here
                     automatically makes the palyer steal the ball or swat it
                     away as well as crashing the boards.
    Endurance - Basically the stamina of the palyer.
    Hardiness - The higher the rating the less chance of the player getting
                injured and the lower it is the greater chance of him to keep
                on getting injured.
    Primacy - A vital role in the rating both offesively and defensively much
              like off. and deff. awareness though this has something to do with
              clutch shots. Primacy basically determines how good the player is
              the higher it is the better level of playing he'll show.
                                * Scoring Tips -
    This part will help you score baskets and beat almost any one. These are
    simple yet very effective tips but I tell you experience and proper knowledge
    of the game is the key here tips are just to remind you of what's right.
    o !Easy Baskets! o
    Tip 1 - Who's who?
    Know who the player you're using. You don't want to make Ben Wallace attempt
    to take 3 pointers. The Icons are helpful to know what kind of player they are
    and what can they do. If you know that this guy is great at slamming it down
    the stretch then that's that.
    Tip 2 - Make space with the cross over dribble.
    A dribbling stationary player could create space with simply hitting the
    crossover button this'll either make the defense shake a little OR running it
    to the basket with a crossover and some jab steps would do. Just watch out for
    Tip 3 - Pivot!
    Do you know that when a player who had the ball but hadn't put it down could
    perform pivot moves? Yes they can. Simply press the Spin Move button + any
    directional button will make him pivot. Know the right buttons here, ones 
    you've learned them all. Taking a Pivot move pushes the defender back or will
    give the ball handler space.
    Tip 4 - Dash
    Using the Pivot then calling an Isolation play is a great combination. Pivot
    then run all the way to the basket with a crossover dirbble plus the turbo
    button will give you decent looks at the basket.
    Tip 5 - Jab Step/Hesitation move.
    As you run towards the basket press and hold the Cross over key and the
    character will perform a jab step. You can pull up for a jumper and earn
    a high percentage shot with this. The Jab step creates an opening for the
    dribbler and possibly pushes the defender a few steps away.
    Tip 6 - Fake
    Faking the opponent off the dribble and before shooting is a great idea.
    Before shooting perform pump fakes and at times the defender would bite the
    fake if he does then convert a quick jumper.
    Tip 7 - Shoot on top of the Jump
    When shooting you not just let it go right away. You have to press then
    release the ball on top of the jump. This way the shot is converted to a
    higher percentage shot and would be tougher to block.
    Tip 8 - Post up
    This is great with bigger and stronger big men. You can back down on your
    defender and take a fake. Mostly players would bit the fake when the posting
    player attempted it really really near the basket. If he do bit the fake
    slam it home or convert a jumper.
    Tip 9 - Looking for the double team
    Down low players automatically double up posting players. If he does pass
    it to the wide open man. 
    Tip 10 - The Hook
    Simply have a player post up then hook it right up. A hook shot is a very
    high percentage shot and is very tough to block.  You could pour in a
    couple of easy baskets with this.
    Tip 11 - Pick and Roll
    Pick and roll is a great play that delivers an easy basket. Set a pick and
    roll and either take a shot of the screen or pass it to the rolling player
    to convert it to an easy basket.
    o !Trick Shots! o
    Tip 1 - Jordan's fade away
    This is a very effective move but will need practice to master. Have a decent
    shooter back down on his defender. After 2 or three steps back turn left or
    right and take a straight jumper or press back and shoot. The release of the
    ball is simply a second right after the jump.
    Tip 2 - Jab Step Fade away
    Prime guards with a fast speed could do this. When dashing hold the turbo and
    perform a jab step at the same time releasing the turbo and letting go off a
    fade away jumper. This is a high percentage shot again but is hard to master.
    Tip 3 - Laying the hook shot
    This is a very hard art to master but quite easy to learn all you gotta do is
    to have a quick player run inside and instead of letting the usual shot go
    quickly perform a hook shot. Small but quick players could shine in this way
    even against taller opponents.
    o !Extra Scores! o
    Tip 1 - Easy 3 point plays
    When driving in the lane quickly do a fake if the guarding player bites the
    fake quickly dunk the ball before he could fall back down at times it will
    cause a foul right away.
    Tip 2 - Easy 3 point plays (Part II)
    Have a quick player (Players like Bryant, Pierce, Iverson etc...) to drive in
    the lane and simply do a spin move before shooting the ball. If you time it
    right the player running after you will automatically be charged with a foul
    just be sure that he's using turbo and he's running after you.
    Tip 3 - Come back to papa!
    When shooting a free throw miss the last one. The easiest way to rebound
    the ball back is to quickly switch(note that using the direct switch would
    rather be tricky) the switch will automatically switch you to either of the
    two teammates near the basket. Just screen out and press the turbo and 
    time your jump if you're able to master this art then 60% of the time you'll
    managed to get the ball back.
                                * Defensive Tips -
    o !Crash Boards! o
    Tip 1 - Switch to the nearest man
    To grab the rebound switch to the nearest man underneath the rim and hold
    the turbo button before hitting the rebound button. This makes the player
    jump higher and get those boards.
    Tip 2 - Boxing out
    You simply press the box out button and position yourself on front of the 
    player who'll be fighting for the ball. Screen them out and take the high
    jump for the ball.
    Tip 3 - Run after the ball
    Switch to a good leaper mostly some shooting guards could leap high. Press the
    Turbo button and make him run towards the basket and jump for the rebound.
    This is a very effective strategy more so with a smaller player who could 
    grab boards.
    o !Forcing Turnovers! o
    Tip 1 - Face up
    If a player you're guarding is near the line. Face up on him and let 
    him move. Around the defender 2 of 5 times he'll be stepping on the line.
    Tip 2 - Take charge
    When you see the ring rotating quickly(the one that's being controlled the one
    they're stepping on) that means they're using the turbo. Simply step up and 
    press the take charge once. Time it right. It could easily create a turnove 
    plus the foul. 
    Tip 3 - No post allowed
    If a player decided to post up and back down on you. After a push or two 
    hit the take charge button. Chances are an offensive foul will be called if
    not then you've just awarded him an easy shot.
    Tip 4 - Force shots
    When defending always make use of the face up icon and simply move in front
    of yur man. A player doing this close enough lowers the chance of the ball
    getting. This could cause for a quick rebound and fast break.
    Tip 5 - Dirupting Passes
    When a player tries running the fast break and he tried a court cross pass
    simply have the nearest player jump or press the steal button. At times 
    it'll go out of bound.
    o !Rejecting and the Steal! o
    Tip 1 - The Rejection
    Always control the defender and try not to bit fakes. If he do take the shot
    jump and reject it.
    Tip 2 - Not in my house
    Let the defender play one on one and if it looks like he'll take it to the 
    hoop switch to a high leaper and have him turbo his way and attempt for the
    double team or possibly block shots.
    Tip 3 - Steals
    To perform steals simply face up the dirbbling player and press the steal
    button. He could slap it off or if you were too agressive you'll be
    asserted for a foul. Sometimes simply moving around the defender on the
    side of the ball while facing up causes a steal.
    o !Nearly Cheating! o
    Tip 1 - Move out of the way
    At times when a player in full turbo dashes towards the ball handler. At times
    the ball handles wouldbe pushed down and will leave the ball bouncing for you
    to run after. This works well with players who have a high speed. Simply 
    press the turbo and normally bumping from the sides or from the back results 
    to a more successful push.
    Tip 2 - Hey! I didn't pushed him!
    When a player with the ball is near the line. Step back and press the turbo
    button and dash towards him. Then press the block button and your guy will
    jump and smahs the air hard. The turbo and the jump would push the ball
    handler back and will cause the ball to be out of bounds. Sometimes you'll be
    called for a defensive foul.
    Tip 3 - Nearly Goaltending
    Sometimes you could swat the ball while it's trying to roll it's way in.
    Tip 4 - Eat my Knee!
    When a player tries to hold the ball and tried pivoting. Switch to a quick 
    high leaping player and have him rush up to the pivoting player and have him
    swat the ball if your luck enough the ball will magically appear on his hands
    and quickly perform a fast break for a quick score.
                             * 1 on 1 Ball checks -
    Here's a section just to tell you about different ball checks in the 1 on 1
    Pass - A simple pass. The Ball will simply be handed over to the player.
    Turbo + Pass - The ball will be rolled over to the other player. It'll be
                   picked up from the floor.
    Face Up + Pass - Chest pass
                          *  Freestyle Controls *
    Okay, here's what separates NBA Live 2003 from all other NBA 2003 titles.
    They'll simply be separated by simple stances like while holding the ball,
    dribbling and standing still. Anyway here they are.
    *-                                  -*
    *- Not Using the Right Analog Stick -*
    *-                                  -*
    |              Key                         |        Freestlye Move       |
    | Hold the Cross over key while dribbling  |         Jab Step            |
    |       Tapping the Square Button          |      Various Crossovers     |
    *-                                -*
    *- Dribbling while standing still -*
    *-                                -*
    |              Key                         |        Freestlye Move       |
    |              Up                          |     Jab-Step Forward Fake   |
    |             Right                        |     Jab-Step Right Fake     |
    |             Left                         |      Jab-Step Left Fake     |
    |             Down                         |            Back Step        |
    | Tapping Left then Right (vice-versa)     |         Crossover Fake      |
    | Half circles (Either Left to Right or    |    Simple Crossover fakes   |
    |       from up then down                  |                             |
    *-                        -*
    *- Dribbling while moving -*
    *-                        -*
    |              Key                         |        Freestlye Move       |
    |              Up                          |           Spin Move         |
    |             Right                        |        Jab-Step Right       |
    |             Left                         |    Crossover to the left    |
    | Tapping Left then Right (vice-versa)     |        Fancy Crossover      |
    | Half circles (Either Left to Right or    |       Fancy Dribblings      |
    |       from up then down                  |                             |
    *-                                 -*
    *- Standing while holding the ball -*
    *-                                 -*
    |              Key                         |        Freestlye Move       |
    |              Up                          |     Post Up/Turn back       |
    |             Right                        |       Jab-Step Right        |
    |             Left                         |       Jab-Step Left         |
    |   (HOLD)     Up                          |     Sway the ball down      |
    |   (HOLD)    Down                         |Holds the ball at the back   |
    | Half circles (Either Left to Right or    |       Swing the ball        |
    |       from up then down                  |                             |
    *-             -*
    *- On Defense  -*
    *-             -*
    |              Key                         |        Freestlye Move       |
    |              Up                          |Hold hands highs/Raise hands |
    |             Right                        |     Steal with Right        |
    |             Left                         |     Steal with Left         |
    |             Down                         |     Face Up lower           |
                                  * FAQs -
    1. Is it possible to be playing 2 players in Franchise mode?
    A: Yes! Actually we do it all the time as well as turning the Fantasy
       Draft on.
    2. Any tips on a successful trading when the points are on?
    A: The computer AI is rather stupid as sometimes would trade a weak rated
       player for their strong/young ones. At the very beginning try combining
       players to match the player you want on your team and just trade away
       at the very first season trading is way easy as you could trade 2 players
       for 1 super star even those 2 players are not that good. Just match the
       trade points a little.
    3. Why is it that <insert player here> is not on the NBA rosters?
    A: I guess most are rookies as the game is released way early than the
       actuall season so the best thing here is to try and arrange them.
    4. Why is it that <insert player here> has a poor rating completely
       contradicing their performance?
    A: The rating system has a formula that it follows and is actually based
       on their stats during their last season. Some rookies have poor rating
       as their actuall performance in the game is rather unpredictable. I
       suggest you tweak them to your own opinion it's your game anyway.
    5. Hey! I wanna create <insert player here> since he isn't on the game.
    A: The only thing that I could assure you is that they have a very similar
       ratings to that of the PC version and just base their stats there. As
       for their looks it's upto you to how you'll be conjuring them up since
       it's difficult to make one look exactly like the real one.
    6. Why is it that when I created a player his surname is mentioned?
    A: Surnames that are listed/who has the same surname to any of the current
       rosters in NBA Live 2003 is mentioned.
    7. About the Total Net Points in my roster. Will anything happen if I
       reached its limits?
    A: Actually they have no limits. I once managed to reach negative 2
       Million points and still nothing happens. Even those players would
       decide to stay around my team after the offseason.
    8. Help! One of my player refuse to stay in my team!
    A: I suggest you save after the champion is decided and just load the
       game if a roster refuses.
                                  * Credits *
    I would like to thank the following:
    EA SPORTS - For creating such a wonderful game. They've done a heck of a job
                this time.
    GameFaqs - The best FAQ site in the world nuff' said.
    NBA.com - For the supply of various NBA knowledge as well as the rosters.
    YOU - This won't be called a guide with out anyone being guided. Thank you.
    If I ever missed someone e-mail me. I'm just tired and desperate to finish
    the guide early enough to get it on the site. THANK YOU!!!!

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