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NBA 2K22 Does Not Want You to Play With Friends Online (On Next-Gen Consoles)

NBA 2K22 Play With Friends Online Bug

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NBA 2K22 Does Not Want You to Play With Friends Online (On Next-Gen Consoles)

One of the more random issues that has cropped up during the NBA 2K generation change from last-gen consoles to new-gen/next-gen consoles has to do with the oversights relating to playing with friends online in the “play now” mode. The “play now” variant where you invite a friend to the “locker room” had one relatively large issue last year in NBA 2K21. Now with the NBA 2K22 play with the friends online mode, a new bug has become a major roadblock to playing the mode.

NBA 2K22 Play With Friends Online Bug On Next-Gen Consoles

NBA 2K22 Play With Friends Online Bug

Last year, the issue was that you could not pick your own team (if you were the guest/away team) or jerseys in NBA 2K21. Sometimes you even went into games and were controlling the wrong team. It was a weird bug but it was more a nuisance than a major roadblock. I played tons of games with friends and had a good time. At the end of the day, it’s not really a big deal having to pick the team or jersey for a buddy. And if you did end up controlling the wrong team, it was annoying but you just left the game and tried again.

While it was strange this bug never got fixed last year, we assumed during a crazy pandemic year with new consoles being launched that it was just one of those things that slipped through the cracks. With NBA 2K22, we’d get back to normal and everything would be cool again. After all, we really don’t expect much with this mode. We just want to be able to play friends with a minimal amount of control over a couple things.

This year, the irony is that the jersey selection and controlling the wrong team are no longer issues. The problem is now you can’t pick how long quarters are or the difficulty level. This means you’re locked into playing with five minute quarters on what’s likely the default pro difficulty. It’s a truly bizarre mistake that has gone uncorrected now months later, especially when factoring in that it’s still normal and functional on last-gen PS4/Xbox.

I honestly do not know why the different versions of the game would have different functionality in this very specific area, but I do know it’s a bummer. I would chalk this up to the generation changeover, but again, that happened last year and it was a different bug then. The audience for this specific online mode is probably small, and obviously no one can suckle on the microtransaction udder if they’re playing this mode, but I don’t think it’s something sinister like that being the reason this particular functionality is all goofed up. Instead, I do think this is a legitimate mistake that gets missed during testing — because technically it’s not a bug — and then it falls outside of some development scope and then never gets fixed.

I don’t want this sort of thing to go unnoticed for the future though (and it seems like a far less involved issue than something like help defense), so I do want to go through a bit of a “play now online” history lesson here before dipping out.

Looking Back

nba 2k22 gameplay

Playing with friends online in 2K has gone through many stages through the generations. Through the years, it’s constantly been streamlined, and that’s okay because so has the play now online (PNO) mode itself. The developers have ripped out a lot of the presentation during games (probably due to online de-syncs). They have taken out postgame replays some years. There was even a time years ago when lobbies were a thing. In short, things that slowed down the process of getting into a game or slowed you down from finishing a game were stripped out. These were planned cuts more or less I would say — and that’s fine.

More specifically to playing with friends online, the devs took out an ability to tweak game sliders before the game some years back (there may have even been custom rosters at one point but I might be crazy), but otherwise it’s mostly gone hand in hand with PNO. That said, the interface for a PNO game is much different than one for a play now game against a friend. PNO uses a specific user interface and intro screens that do not relate to playing a friend online. Instead, an online play now game mostly resembles a normal offline play now game in how it sets up.

NBA 2K22 Play With Friends Online Bug

My guess is because these two modes are just different enough, it’s led to some fraying at the seams and now the developers just miss something like this and then never get around to fixing it before shipping the game. I’m not excusing the oversight, but I’m just pointing out that “cuts” to the mode have been made before. However, this sort of “cut” does not feel like those. This feels like a legitimate mistake rather than just a development team streamlining the mode.

With that in mind, this most reminds me of one of my pet peeves from years ago. Probably two generations ago at this point, there was a UI setting in the options menu where you could set what was under a player you were controlling online. So depending on what you picked in the settings, when X player had the ball they would either have their name, or their number and position, or just their number displayed under them. However, at some point, you couldn’t change that online anymore. When a player received the ball on the opposing team or you picked a new player, you would just see their gamertag/PSN.

It bugs me to this day because as you can see above, the two players being controlled have their PSN names (ChucklesBiscotti/watson-17), but then the two players right next to the ball have their real names right there (Joe Harris/Lonnie Walker). It’s such a small change, but it still matters to me. If you don’t know the NBA inside and out or simply don’t recognize who has the ball right away, you might not know whether to shoot the ball or close out on a player. My assumption with something like this UI tweak years ago is it probably just got dropped when going from one console generation to the next because the UI team could not get everything done. It’s a small thing that gets overlooked, and then it never gets added back in when the new version launches.

I don’t want this play now change to be one of those things that lingers for a year or two, and then we just forget about it and accept the change. Playing with friends online being this lacking in the functionality department (especially when it works fine on last-gen consoles) is much bigger than my little pet peeve, but it could just as easily be one of those things we complain about for a cycle or two and then just forget about it because the audience playing this mode is not very big in the grand scheme of NBA 2K online modes.

Bottom Line

At the end of the day, you can still play with friends online how you want, but now you need to make online leagues to do that. It’s way more involved and way more annoying than it needs to be. Just let us play with our buds on HOF and with 12 minute quarters if we want to do that. This mode was not broken, and we didn’t even ask for anything new. We just wanted this mode to keep being the way we could get a game in with a friend online.

Please NBA 2K developers, we have to go back.

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  1. Yeah last year they let you choose the settings and time but opponents couldn’t pick their own team. This year opponents can pick their own team and Jersey but we can’t pick settings or qtr time. Maybe next year we can do both 🤷🏾*♂️
    Been playing my brother in playing with friends and i asked him.what level is this ? We came ro the conclusion you can no longer pick time and difficulty...great 2k ! Every mid range and 3 point dropping in clean so i bet its pro ! It dont even play like all star...why take his away ? You fix 1 thing ( team selection) and you ruin another.
    For Next Gen Play With friends is terrible. First why does our opponent have to choose both of our teams? Then when we match up sometimes I have my opponent team. I have to ask who thought of this idea? Make it simple like how yall have it for current gen.
    It is not complaining, it is just somethings they try to make new disgusting in the game. Why try to fix things that used to work… Oh and for now the settings are all on pro..
    alabamarob
    Did they really just kill play friends online?
    You got to play 5 minute quarters on pro?
    Wow

    why 2k still have yet to patch this??? this is insane
    NOTE TO 2K DEVS: WE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY ON HOF THANKS
    Yeah this is crazy that they have not fixed this yet. Do 2k developers not play each other? You would have thought they would have caught this just playing each other testing the game. This is ridiculous that you can’t change settings or qtr times to play your friends online. And they consider this next gen?? Fail!
    houstonsouth
    Yeah this is crazy that they have not fixed this yet. Do 2k developers not play each other? You would have thought they would have caught this just playing each other testing the game. This is ridiculous that you can’t change settings or qtr times to play your friends online. And they consider this next gen?? Fail!

    THANKS YOU somebody has to blast them for this, someone with some clout (YT)
    houstonsouth
    Yeah this is crazy that they have not fixed this yet. Do 2k developers not play each other? You would have thought they would have caught this just playing each other testing the game. This is ridiculous that you can’t change settings or qtr times to play your friends online. And they consider this next gen?? Fail!

    THANKS YOU somebody has to blast them for this, someone with some clout (YT)
    houstonsouth
    Yeah this is crazy that they have not fixed this yet. Do 2k developers not play each other? You would have thought they would have caught this just playing each other testing the game. This is ridiculous that you can’t change settings or qtr times to play your friends online. And they consider this next gen?? Fail!
    They have to fix this ...Are they turning a blind eye to it and ignoring us at the same time...
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    Aceboonkoon
    They have to fix this ...Are they turning a blind eye to it and ignoring us at the same time...
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    Take Two Interactive is notorious for ignoring things. They refused to acknowledge the random shut offs on next gen last 2k. They refused to acknowledge play now starting people out on incorrect teams last year. Now this year, they won’t acknowledge lack of time and difficulty settings in play now. This is ridiculous and the reason we need another basketball game on the market.
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    Lucky Lacy
    Take Two Interactive is notorious for ignoring things. They refused to acknowledge the random shut offs on next gen last 2k. They refused to acknowledge play now starting people out on incorrect teams last year. Now this year, they won’t acknowledge lack of time and difficulty settings in play now. This is ridiculous and the reason we need another basketball game on the market.
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    we have to keep this thread alive until someone from 2k acknowledge this Mike Wang, Czar, etc i know they be on here lurking
    alabamarob
    How long would this be a problem if this was park, rec, or mycareer?
    I just don't understand how they could go backwards in this area. Like the way it was before it worked for years. Why change it?
    jeebs9
    I just don't understand how they could go backwards in this area. Like the way it was before it worked for years. Why change it?

    help keep this thread Alive. I'm not sure everyone is aware of this
    alabamarob
    How long would this be a problem if this was park, rec, or mycareer?

    2 new games in 2 years that i would have liked to say but we know the reverse trend. Exact opposite because we don't pay full price for the game right!? :)
    I’ve emailed 2k support. Explaining the problem. I suggest y’all do the same. Try Twitter also.
    Hey Brad,
    Thank you for reaching out to 2K Support! Hope, you're doing great.
    I'm sorry to know that you're experiencing this issue with NBA 2K22, but let's see what we can do!
    First, we'll try a cache clear. This works for many issues, so please try it out.
    If that didn't work, then I'm going to ask you to please send me the following information and I'll be happy to look further into your issue:
    Any error code or message:
    Screenshots/videos of the issue (make sure that your Platform ID is clearly visible in the shot)
    If you need help with this, check out this article
    As soon as I get that information, I can take a deeper look and see if we can solve it. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!
    I get a feeling this change was done on purpose. They knew they would get backlash. But the crowd would be so small they could by pass it. I mean why else would they change something that has worked for the last like 5-6 years
    jeebs9
    I get a feeling this change was done on purpose. They knew they would get backlash. But the crowd would be so small they could by pass it. I mean why else would they change something that has worked for the last like 5-6 years

    this is ridiculous for them not to have fix this **** smfh
    Ugh...got to the end of this thread hoping for someone to post a message saying the developers are aware of the problem and will address in a future patch.
    I'm SOOOOOOOOO pissed. I just got a PS5 this week after a long and frustrating search. I only wanted it to play NBA 2K22's "PLAY ONLINE WITH FRIENDS" feature. 99% of my time on 2K is playing my friends online, adjusting the quarter length and difficulty. I can't believe this isn't available in the PS5 version, a version that costs more money! How can you lose a feature like that on the PS5? You would think there would be MORE options for this mode, not less (and not a removal of critical components of making that mode enjoyable). I was excited for a few minutes when I saw you could edit the uniforms and line up before playing, but that quickly went away when I realized you can't adjust from 5:00 quarters and ROOKIE difficulty. ROOKE!?!? Are you kidding me? Not that this was as big of a deal, but the losing the ability to talk to your friend while picking teams was also a disappointment.
    I can't believe I wasted so much time searching for a PS5 and dropped over $700 on a bundle only to get a game that isn't playable for me.
    F!
    Game developers always sabotage pr neglect a game mode to channel.players to the "money" modes in hopes of generating more revenue..its a dirty game .
    Hustler79
    Game developers always sabotage pr neglect a game mode to channel.players to the "money" modes in hopes of generating more revenue..its a dirty game .

    I didn’t want to believe this but with it not being fixed by now and not even being talked about by the developers acknowledging the problem and a fix coming I think unfortunately you might be right. SMH
    If it’s not the city or park they don’t care. They had issue with H2H online nextgen last year. Could select time and play settings but your opponent couldn’t choose his own team. Unbelievable that this is a $70 next gen game
    houstonsouth
    If it’s not the city or park they don’t care. They had issue with H2H online nextgen last year. Could select time and play settings but your opponent couldn’t choose his own team. Unbelievable that this is a $70 next gen game

    so we had this big a$$ patch and they still aINT FIX THIS YET f#$% 2K
    Sorry for the language
    So GD frustrating. Do the people who develop the games not play online?
    Such a basic function of a sports game and it's gone in 2K22.
    What's worse, zero acknowledgement from 2K that this is an issue. If you're not going to fix it/add it back, at least tell us.
    I'm trying to go with the flow and enjoy the games online, but it's so damn hard. 5:00 quarters is not enough for us. And the difficulty is too easy. My buddy lit me (87 Lakers) up with 96 Bulls' Jordan for 27 points off 13-14 shooting. Made every jump shot and fade away.
    Please fix this 2K!
    Hey_Rebby
    I'm trying to go with the flow and enjoy the games online, but it's so damn hard. 5:00 quarters is not enough for us. And the difficulty is too easy. My buddy lit me (87 Lakers) up with 96 Bulls' Jordan for 27 points off 13-14 shooting. Made every jump shot and fade away.
    Please fix this 2K!

    this iish till aint fixed smh
    houstonsouth
    Maybe for Christmas they might fix it as a gift .
    Lol they ain't doing nothing, they already BAILED for the holiday. . .
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    this shlt still like that smh. havent put 2k on a forever was hoping this would have been fixed but guess not back to Madden.
    i know somebody on OS can reach put to Daczar or Mike Wang on here if so please do
    Seriously...I can't believe this isn't a bigger deal.
    DaCzar following is called "SIM" Nation. How can he and his friends play if the game won't allow people to change the difficulty and quarter length?
    This was/is the single most disappointing thing about this years game for me. We have a group of 5+ people that thoroughly enjoy playing team-up online since around 2k18. Completely kills it without the ability to change quarter length and difficulty.
    Do we know for sure the difficulty is at PRO?
    If they're not going to fix the ability to change it ourselves, at least the could bump it up a few notches.
    Hey_Rebby
    Do we know for sure the difficulty is at PRO?
    If they're not going to fix the ability to change it ourselves, at least the could bump it up a few notches.

    Yes, it is on pro. There's major player movement, collision sensitivity, and shot percentage differences between Pro and Superstar difficulties. Anyone who plays PNO and then a Friend Online game should immediately notice the difference.
    Hey_Rebby
    Every time a patch comes out I get hopeful they finally made a change.
    ...and then disappointment.

    THIS IS A ****ING SHAME AND EVERYONE (2K DEVS) GONNA SIT HERE AND NOT DO ANYTHING LIKE NOTHING IS WRONG NAAAA F U 2K AND ALL THE DEVS. FOR SOMETHING SO SIMPLE AS CHANGING THE DIFFICULTY AND MIN PER QUARTER SMFH
    THIS NEEDS MORE ATTENTION OS COMMUNITY :y220:
    There has to be a reason this was taken out, right? I just wish we could get some clarification there. It’s just the most mind boggling omission otherwise. At this point most of the folks I used to play this mode with have stopped playing altogether because it was our major group gaming mode across every multiplayer title we all owned.
    daystew
    There has to be a reason this was taken out, right? I just wish we could get some clarification there. It’s just the most mind boggling omission otherwise. At this point most of the folks I used to play this mode with have stopped playing altogether because it was our major group gaming mode across every multiplayer title we all owned.

    2K has a knack for breaking features/modes, fixing them next release, and calling them “new and improved”. Lol.
    Hopefully they’ll at least patch it in before next game (the trade deadline would be ideal), would be ****ty not to have at least “one” team-up this year.
    Haha I'll post about this next week on the front page since it is wild it never got added back in. I do think once in a while stuff gets lost in a transition change and they don't even realize.
    During one gen change, I dunno if y'all remember but they changed how player names show up online. You used to have an option to have the "player name" show under the guy when he got the ball, but then you could only do your gamertag on the next console generation and they never added it back in for whatever reason. It's a smaller thing than this, but it made identifying who had the ball on some random teams harder unless you knew the NBA inside and out at all times.
    ChaseB
    Haha I'll post about this next week on the front page since it is wild it never got added back in. I do think once in a while stuff gets lost in a transition change and they don't even realize.
    During one gen change, I dunno if y'all remember but they changed how player names show up online. You used to have an option to have the "player name" show under the guy when he got the ball, but then you could only do your gamertag on the next console generation and they never added it back in for whatever reason. It's a smaller thing than this, but it made identifying who had the ball on some random teams harder unless you knew the NBA inside and out at all times.

    please do something because this is ridiculous 2K has to know we are not happy (pissed) about this, not being able to play on HOF when playing vs friends online
    Thanks for posting an article about this issue. Unfortunately, it brought back the feelings of frustration and disappointment.
    I can't see how the developers can ignore this any longer. It would be nice for them to acknowledge this mistake.
    I haven't played 2K like I use to this year, but this is my favorite mode (TeamUp 5v5) I played 24/7 after my rosters were out. Every single 2K since 2K8. It sucks to see that it is broken now.
    I have been back and forth with support for three months on getting team up to work. They had me make videos showing the lack of functionality and claimed the developers have been made aware of the problem but nothing has gotten fixed. The full 5 on 5 teamup framework is clearly there but they won't make the code available to set it up or choose difficulty level and quarter length. It should be an easy fix that are clearly neglecting, imo to drive my career participation
    PGHCityKid
    I have been back and forth with support for three months on getting team up to work. They had me make videos showing the lack of functionality and claimed the developers have been made aware of the problem but nothing has gotten fixed. The full 5 on 5 teamup framework is clearly there but they won't make the code available to set it up or choose difficulty level and quarter length. It should be an easy fix that are clearly neglecting, imo to drive my career participation

    Yeah, again, I just don't buy that considering it works on other consoles and it's a small percentage of people anyway. I mean I get why peeps would go to that theory, but I think this is just one of those slips through the cracks things.
    Oh, also sorry for not warning about updating the original post to the OP. Usually I won't overwrite the original post with a news article I put together for the front page, but in this case it felt like the first post was old enough to sort of just "start fresh" here with the whole backstory.
    PGHCityKid
    I have been back and forth with support for three months on getting team up to work. They had me make videos showing the lack of functionality and claimed the developers have been made aware of the problem but nothing has gotten fixed. The full 5 on 5 teamup framework is clearly there but they won't make the code available to set it up or choose difficulty level and quarter length. It should be an easy fix that are clearly neglecting, imo to drive my career participation
    Typical generic 2K responses to every ticket, they DON'T resolve anything but quick to flag tickets "solved", forget creating a ticket stating your issue was NOT solved, they'll shut that ticket down immediately as "solved" when NOTHING has been solved whatsoever while directing you to there Twitter where they DON'T address any concerns at all either
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    So support is lying and they haven't made the developers aware?
    The developers forgot to add it to their check list for the next patch?
    How do we get it to not slip through the cracks?
    I’m hopeful that this gets fixed. Was just telling a fellow teamup friend that this was added to the main page.
    I don’t know enough about it to suggest that this is an easy fix, but optimistic that it is, and that it will be amended very soon.
    this is the least i played 2k since 2k8 (bad graphics) lmao but for real this is F'n terrible we cant change the difficulty or min per quarter
    Kperk
    this is the least i played 2k since 2k8 (bad graphics) lmao but for real this is F'n terrible we cant change the difficulty or min per quarter

    This is the least I’ve played also. If I can’t play vs my buddies with the difficulty settings we want and the qtr settings we want I’m not interested
    Still no response? I just don’t understand how this hasn’t been addressed or acknowledged by the devs when it’s available in last gen.
    I can’t believe that not one Dev from 2k play each other in a online exhibition game on next gen? NOT ONE? Not one time??? This whole cycle they have never played each other online? I don’t believe that…..my guess is they know but don’t care and that is sad
    Maybe 2K put the CLAMPS on Da Czar and the others since NO one seems inclined to chop-it up on legit gaming issues posted anywhere. . . the streets are saying, some guys have been banned from communicating with developers on whatever social platform(s) for speaking on legit gaming issues. . . Da Czar was streaming Sifu a day or two ago. . .
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    This is wildly negligent. I’ve hardly ever complained about 2K issues since before 2K11, but this just feels like such a blatant oversight.
    At this point, I don't know why it at least can't be acknowledged. It's not like it's not out there. If you go a popular 2K message board, like this one or the ones run by 2K, it's been brought up multiple times. That's if you can get on the message boards run by 2K. I've tried many times to create an account, but I never get the follow up email to confirm my account.
    It's Feb. 9. The more days that go by, the less chance this is going to be addressed in 2k22. If that's the case, just tell us! If it's something you don't want to fix or can't fix until 2K23, tell us that! Because if that's the case, we're wasting our time reading and posting on this thread.
    This is customer service 101. I miss the days when 2K was considered THE game that put their fans/customers first. I guess they didn't learn from EA Sports downfall.
    daystew
    This is wildly negligent. I’ve hardly ever complained about 2K issues since before 2K11, but this just feels like such a blatant oversight.
    I haven't really complained much outside of artwork, face scans and sneakers here and there, hell, that's player likeness which is just as important as gameplay and other issues, some of which still remain unaddressed
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    For me to play my friends online with our settings we have to create a league pick a team and play each other. When we want to use a different team we have to quit that league and start a new one. So every time we want to play with a different team we have to create a league. I feel silly just explaining that. Ridiculous!!!
    Checkin in to see if anyone has had luck getting someone from 2K to respond if this is going to be addressed and/or why was it left out?
    I was hoping to throw a comment/question in one of the DaCzars YouTube live streams, but he hasn't done one in months.
    Wish they would show some accountability for messing this up.
    It is!!!
    We did guys.
    When playing a Play with Friends Online game, the game will recognize the game difficulty and quarter length of the person who sent the invite (the host).
    Felt great to FINALLY play a game online at a higher difficulty and longer quarters (and different - much harder).
    It only took until the end of the NBA regular season, but hey...I guess better late than never.
    Hopefully this is never an issue again.
    Hey_Rebby
    It is!!!
    We did guys.
    When playing a Play with Friends Online game, the game will recognize the game difficulty and quarter length of the person who sent the invite (the host).
    Felt great to FINALLY play a game online at a higher difficulty and longer quarters (and different - much harder).
    It only took until the end of the NBA regular season, but hey...I guess better late than never.
    Hopefully this is never an issue again.

    No BS, it's actually fixed?
    ChaseB
    No BS, it's actually fixed?

    It is indeed fixed. It's still not seamless since you have to set it in the menu before hosting, but are they implying that's how it always worked? Did anyone else try this out previously where you change it to HOF, 12-mins for your normal "Play Now" settings and then host?
    I have a hard time believing this is how it worked all year and they just didn't tell us until now with the menu prompt.
    ChaseB
    It is indeed fixed. It's still not seamless since you have to set it in the menu before hosting, but are they implying that's how it always worked? Did anyone else try this out previously where you change it to HOF, 12-mins for your normal "Play Now" settings and then host?
    I have a hard time believing this is how it worked all year and they just didn't tell us until now with the menu prompt.

    Its not “fixed,” the difficulty and quarter lengths sure; but actually making lobbies is the same. The room glitches and you cant pick a side unless everyone continusly tries for 30 minutes.
    ChaseB
    It is indeed fixed. It's still not seamless since you have to set it in the menu before hosting, but are they implying that's how it always worked? Did anyone else try this out previously where you change it to HOF, 12-mins for your normal "Play Now" settings and then host?
    I have a hard time believing this is how it worked all year and they just didn't tell us until now with the menu prompt.

    I haven't seen any official word from 2K regarding this. I know it hasn't been this way all along.
    Yeah, it sucks the lobby isn't the same as the PS4, but to me, getting to adjust the quarter length and difficulty has been the most important area to fix. Hopefully next year Next Gen can do everything the previous gen could do (and more).
    PillBill
    Its not “fixed,” the difficulty and quarter lengths sure; but actually making lobbies is the same. The room glitches and you cant pick a side unless everyone continusly tries for 30 minutes.

    Sure, "fixed" is the better term, but it's better than it was and at this point in the year it's a miracle they did anything at all.
    Anyone know when to expect 2K to unlocked injured players for teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs?
    Ive been waiting all season to break out NO with Zion for online games.

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