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                            NBA Courtside 2002 General FAQ
                              Written by ProtoDude and RoyalEclipseKing
Table of Contents
A. Introduction
B. Version Updates
C. Reviews
D. Game Menus and Controls
E. Modes of Gameplay
F. Teams and Team Stats
G. Players and Player Stats
H. Offensive Plays and Strategies
I. Defensive Sets and Strategies
J. Scenarios
K. Legal
A. Introduction-This FAQ for NBA Courtside 2002 on Gamecube will break
down the basics of the game, giving insight on how to call plays, read
defense, watch for picks while on defense, and picking the right team.
B. Version Updates
     -Version 1.0 1/27/02-FAQ written.
C. Reviews
       Review by Protodude-

When NBA Courtside was originally released one the N64 it had some
Stiff competition with NBA Live and NBA Jam. Even up against the
Established franchises Courtside was a Player's Chioce million
seller. Left Field Productions decided to give gamers more of the great
basketball action with Courtside 2. All the good stayed and all the bad
was replaced with more of the good stuff. Now Nintendo's new system get
it's own dose of Courtside and the newest addition, NBA Courtside 2002
is one top-notch baller. 

Beautiful graphics, realistic AI, complete roster, smooth player
animations, a variety of moves and jukes, and plenty of options all
contribute to make this a great game. Take your favorite team to the
NBA Finals, smoke your friends in some sweet street ball, or kick back
with a three-point contest. Amazingly, even though all saves take up
only 7 blocks on your memory card, all season stats, game scores, and
created players are saved. 

The graphics are some of the best in any basketball game. Ultra
-realistic facial scanning makes every player look so much like the
real guy, you might forget it's a game(but probably not). Silky smooth
motioned captured player animations and a solid 60fps framerate bring
the action to new levels of realism. Players on the sidelines move
around and when you want to make some subs at the next whistle, your
players will get up and go to the scorer's table. Even the crowd moves
in a somewhat realistic manner, standing up and clapping after a big
play. The only drawback is some transitions from one move's animation
to the next are awkward. Graphics-10 

The controls are also very sharp. GC's controller puts more functions
in less buttons giving you complete control on exactly what jukes,
spins, cross-overs, shots and defensive moves you want to. Control-10 

The sound is on of the games weak points. The somewhat comical
announcing(for about 10 minutes) makes you want to scream. The two
announcers seem to be more into commenting about each other's comments
than moving onto the next play. The crowd on the other hand has been
done much better though. Cheering for the home team, booing the
visitors. Sound-6 

Courtside has so much to do that you'll be playing it for a while to
come. Complete seasons will last for a long time, not getting boring,
but keeping you working for that NBA title. In between season games you
can take a break with a solid version of 3 on 3 street ball. Three
point contests and and Practice mode allow you to perfect your skills.
Lasting appeal-9

Just because Courtside is the only basketball game on the Gamecube
Market doesn't mean it can't compete with other systems. It does a
great job competing with the veteran b-ball games. If you're a
basketball fan you owe it to yourself to pick this up today.
D. Game menus and controls
       1. Main Menu
            a. Quick Play
                   -Team Selection Menu
            b. Arcade Mode
                   -Team Selection Menu
            c. NBA Season Play
            d. Skills Mode
            e. Create A Player
            f. Update Rosters
       2. Options
            -Quarter Length-3/5/9/12
            -Foul Outs-On/Off
            -Defensive Fouls-Off/Low/Medium/High
            -Offensive Fouls-Off/Low/Medium/High
            -3 Sec. In the Key-On/Off
            -5 Sec. Inbounds-On/Off
            -8 Sec. Half Court-On/Off
            -Shot Clock-On/Off
            -5 Sec Backdown-On/Off
       3. Preferences
            -Game Speed-Slow/Normal/Fast
            -SFX Volume-Set the SFX Volume
            -Commentary Volume-Set the announcer Volume
            -Music Volume-Set the music Volume
            -Ambient Volume-Set the stadium and crowd Volume
            -Audio Output-Mono/Stereo/Surround
            -Score and Clock Display-On/Off
            -Statistical Updates-On/Off
            -C-Stick Pass Trigger-Press/Release
            -Pass Indicator-On/Off
            -Arcade Mode Hotspots-
        4. Pause Menu
            -Call Time-out-Call a Time-Out
            -Instant Replay-View the last 10 seconds of play
            -Camera Controls-Press/Sideline/Behind/Overhead/Zoom Press
            -Controller Setup-Pick which team to play on
            -Game Settings-
                   -Stats-Team/Player Stats
            -Exit Game                
         3. Controls
                 Note: L can be depressed with two amounts of pressure.
                 I will say "1/2 L" when you should depress it without
                 "clicking" it and "Full L" when you should press it
                 down all the way.
              a. Defense
                   -A: Jump for rebound/Block shot
                   -B: Attempt steal
                   -X: Switch to player closest to the basket
                   -Y: Switch to player closest to the ball
                   -R: Defensive stance/Box out(when a shot goes up)
                   -C-Stick: Cycle through defensive players
                   -Start/Pause: Pause
               b. Offense
                   -A: Shoot/Pump fake(tap A)
                   -B: Pass 
                   -X: Crossover
                   -Y: Through-the-legs crossover
                   -Y+ 1/2 L: Behind-the-back crossover
                   -Y+ Full L: Spin move
                   -C-Stick: Pass in the direction pressed
                   -Z: Double team the man with the ball
                   -Start/Pause: Pause
E. Modes of Game Play
    1. Quick Play
    2. Arcade Mode
    3. NBA Season Play
    4. Skills Mode
          -3-Point Contest
          -Practice Mode
    5. Create a Player
    6. Update Rosters
F. Teams and Team Stats
                                  Offense      Defense       Overall
         1.Atlanta Hawks            75           86             76
         2.Boston Celtics           85           81             81
         3.Charlotte Hornets        77           97             87
         4.Chicago Bulls            72           82             72
         5.Cleveland Cavaliers      79           84             78
         6.Dallas Mavericks         97           85             95
         7.Denver Nuggets           90           74             82
         8.Detroit Pistons          88           77             80
         9.G. State Warriors        81           72             73
        10.Houston Rockets          92           91             86
        11.Indiana Pacers           82           92             83
        12.LA Clippers              80           90             79
        13.LA Lakers                98           95             98
        14.Memphis Grizzlies        76           75             75
        15.Miami Heat               74           99             92
        16.Milwaukee Bucks          99           80             94
        17.Minnesota T-Wolves       94           87             88
        18.New Jersey Nets          78           79             77
        19.New York Knicks          73           90             90
        20.Orlando Magic            95           83             84
        21.Philadelphia 76ers       86           96             99
        22.Phoenix Suns             84           94             93
        23.Portland Trailblazers    87           95             91
        24.Sacramento Kings         98           88             97
        25.San Antonio Spurs        89           98             95
        26.Seattle Sonics           95           76             86
        27.Toronto Raptors          96           89             89
        28.Utah Jazz                91           93             96
        29.Washinton Wizards        90           80             85
G. Players and Player Stats
          Coming Soon...
H. Offensive Plays and Strategies
      1.Perimeter-Either 4 players spread out around the perimeter and
your center is left alone or 3 players are outside and two are on the
low blocks. If  4 players are outside, work the ball around the
perimeter for a 3 or dish to your center for a one-on-one lane to the
      2.Box-Your players spread to the four corners of the court with
your point guard at the top. Look for a mismatch to send your center to
the hoop.
      3.Motion-Your players spread the floor continuously, setting
picks and making cuts to the basket. Look for a good pick or a slower
defensive player and dish the ball to the open man.
      4.Outside Triangle-Two perimeter players and 1 post player make
up this triangle. Look for mismatches or double teams. If your post man
is guarded by a smaller player, get it to him. If he gets the ball and
is double teamed, pass the ball back outside for an open 3.
      5.Inside Triangle-Made up of 2 post players and 1 perimeter
player. It relies heavily on a bad post match up. If there isn't one
call for a pick with your perimeter player and drive to the rim.
      6.Isolation-Your players spread to the court's 4 corners leaving
your point guard 1-on-1 with a defender. If you have a good point
guard, this is your play. Crossover and take it to the rim. Also
sometimes 3 players go to one side leaving your center open on the
other side. Get him the ball and back up the defender for a shot.
      7.High Post-Your number 1 post player, most of the time the
center, plays the high post. Get him the ball. If you see a good cut,
get the ball to the cutter for an open lane to the basket. If not, back
up the defender with your big man to get close to the rim and shoot.
      8.Low Post-Your number 1 post player will play the low post. If
you have a great post player like Shaq or Mourning, this is your play.
You'll already be close to the basket with them so back the defender
down and shoot or dunk the ball.
I. Defensive Sets and Strategies
             Coming Soon...
J. Scenarios
             Coming soon...
K. Legal
       This document Copyright 2002 Protodude and RoyalEclipseKing. All
credit must be given if it is used.

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