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-INTRODUCTION -TRICKS -TEAMS -CITY CIRCUIT -CHEATS INTRODUCTION Where else but in NBA Street can you take one Michael Jordan with an eight-foot-tall Yeti? Ball with the likes of Moby Jones and Zoe Payne from SSX? Perform strings of crazy tricks en route to a Gamebreaker that will bust the shizznit wide open? EA Big has come through again with a great game. Is it the best basketball game ever made? We think so. Now IGN Guides, ever your humble servants, have taken it upon ourselves to play the game a whole bunch and put together this mini-guide. In the next pages, we'll hook you up with tips to beat the City Circuit, a full tricks list, our team picks and all the cheats you can handle. Learn how to unlock Magma Man, 3LW, the EA Big team and all of the Courts. Find out how to get the Beach Ball, Big Head Mode and tons more. So lace up and let's hoop. TRICKS Like SSX, NBA Street employs a trick system using combinations of shoulder buttons. To perform these tricks, your Turbo meter will have to be at least partially full. Pull off series and combinations of tricks to grow your Gamebreaker meter. The offensive special tricks are listed below: Move Names Button Combo Description Off The Hook L1 + L2 Over The Shoulder Between The Legs Dribble Reel2reel R1 + R2 Switch Hand 360 Spin Move Off The Chain L1 + R1 Over The Shoulder Dribble Backtrack L2 + R2 Reverse Through Leg Dribble Changeup L1 + R2 Change Of Direction Dribble Downshift R1 + L2 Highstep Through Leg Dribble Cyclone L1 + L2 + R1 Crossover Spin Behind the Back Dribble Double Cross L1 + L2 + R2 Through the Leg Cross in Front Dribble Breakin You Off R1+ R2 + L1 Change Of Direction to Behind the Back Dribble Slip 'N' Slide R1+ R2 + L2 Roll On The Floor Crossover Dunk Names Button Combo Description Dominator L1 + L2 Two Foot Two Hand Pull Back Jam Groundshaker R1 + R2 Two Foot One Hand Pull Back Jam Hammerdown L1 + R1 Different Kind Of One Hand Pull Back Jam Backbreaker L2 + R2 Gliding Reverse Two Hand Jam High Rise L1 + R2 Statue Of Liberty Jam (Jordan Jam) Wake Up Call R1 + L2 Cover Your Eyes Jam (Dee Brown) Special Delivery L1 + L2 + R1 Quick Two Foot Two Hand Jam Dunkalicious L1 + L2 + R2 360 Windmill Jam Around The World R1+ R2 + L1 Windmill Jam Superfly R1+ R2 + L2 Left Handed 360 Windmill Jam Dinner Served R1+ R2 + L1 + L2 Self Alley-oop Random Moves Description Check Yo Bags Fake Pass Left Behind Through Opponents Legs Dribble Breakin Ankles Fake Dribble Smooth Groove Fake Behind The Back fake pass Top Spin Cradle Spin Fake Funknflow Fake Left Go Right Dribble Random Dunks & Layups Description Feed The Dog Spread Eagle Layup Missed The Bus Jump Stop Layup Smoothness Switch Hands Layup Mamma Jamma Toe Tap Dunk TEAMS All of the NBA teams are represented in Street. Your job is to select the best three from those that are offered. To help make your decision easier, we've included our picks for each team here. The asterisks (*) indicate the most balanced, most talented squad of three from the players offered. Each team also has a Superstar, your go-to guy in the clutch. Vancouver Grizzlies *Shareef Abdur-Rahim-Superstar Michael Dickerson *Mike Bibby *Grant Long Stromile Swift Toronto Raptors *Vince Carter-Superstar Charles Oakley *Antonio Davis *Keon Clark Morris Peterson Atlanta Hawks Theo Ratliff *Toni Kukoc-Superstar Jason Terry *Alan Henderson *Brevin Knight Miami Heat *Alonzo Mourning-Superstar *Brian Grant Eddie Jones Anthony Mason *Tim Hardaway Orlando Magic *Tracy McGrady-Superstar *Grant Hill Darrell Armstrong Mike Miller *Bo Outlaw Houston Rockets *Steve Francis Cuttino Mobley Maurice Taylor *Hakeem Olajuwon-Superstar *Shandon Anderson Dallas Mavericks *Michael Finley *Shawn Bradley-Superstar *Dirk Nowitzki Steve Nash Juwon Howard San Antonio Spurs *Tim Duncan-Superstar *David Robinson Derek Anderson Antonio Daniels *Sean Elliott Phoenix Suns *Jason Kidd-Superstar Shawn Marion *Penny Hardaway *Clifford Robinson Rodney Rogers Utah Jazz *Karl Malone-Superstar *John Stockton Donyell Marshall *Bryon Russell Deshawn Stevenson Philadelphia 76ers *Allen Iverson-Superstar *Dikembe Mutombo *Eric Snow George Lynch Aaron McKie Boston Celtics *Paul Pierce *Antoine Walker-Superstar Kenny Anderson Tony Battie *Vitaly Potapenko New Jersey Nets *Stephon Marbury *Keith Van Horn-Superstar *Kenyon Martin Kendall Gill Aaron Williams Washington Wizards Jahidi White *Richard Hamilton-Superstar Courtney Alexander *Mitch Richmond *Christian Laettner Detroit Pistons *Jerry Stackhouse *Joe Smith-Superstar Ben Wallace Chucky Atkins *Corliss Williamson Chicago Bulls *Ron Artest *Elton Brand-Superstar *Ron Mercer Marcus Fizer Jamal Crawford Indiana Pacers *Jalen Rose *Reggie Miller-Superstar Jermaine O'Neal Austin Croshere *Travis Best Minnesota Timberwolves *Kevin Garnett-Superstar *Terrell Brandon Chauncey Billups *Wally Szcerbiak Laphonso Ellis Cleveland Cavaliers *Clarence Weatherspoon *Zydrunas Ilgauskas-Superstar Andre Miller *Jim Jackson Lamond Murray Portland Trailblazers *Rasheed Wallace *Scottie Pippen-Superstar Damon Stoudamire Steve Smith *Dale Davis LA Lakers *Kobe Bryant *Shaquille O'Neal-Superstar Derek Fisher Horace Grant *Robert Horry LA Clippers *Lamar Odom-Superstar *Darius Miles Michael Olowakandi *Corey Magette Kevin Dooling Sacramento Kings *Chris Webber-Superstar *Jason Williams Peja Stojakovic *Vlade Divac Doug Christie Seattle Supersonics *Gary Payton-Superstar Rashard Lewis *Vin Baker *Patrick Ewing Desmond Mason As an added bonus, here are our picks for best players in the game (special players excluded): Shawn Bradley Tony Kukoc Shaquille O'Neal Allen Iverson Glenn Robinson Alonzo Mourning Dikembe Mutombo CITY CIRCUIT The City Circuit is a one-player journey through some of the raddest, baddest street courses in America. On your way through the circuit, you'll pick up new players to add to your roster, fresh courts to play on in all modes of the game, and plenty of facials from your opponents. Competition starts out pretty soft but gets pretty evil. The final boss is Michael Jordan. 'Nuff said. We break down the action region by region and give you strategies for taking down the Street Challenge toughs. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Region #1: Region #1 is an introductory level of the Challenge, which will get you ready for the coming competition. There are two teams in this bracket--both from Candada. The only real threat here is Vince Carter of the Raptors. Don't ever leave him unguarded and you'll blow through this bracket easily. Teams: Vancouver Grizzlies Toronto Raptors Street Challenge #1 Biggs: Beacon Hill The first Street Challenge takes place on the snowy courts of Boston, MA, home to the British beefcake known as Biggs. Biggs is a shot-blocking, rim-rocking dynamo. To school his team, you'll need to pay special attention to the big booter himself. The other two cats on this squad are pretty easy to deal with. The shorty is extremely easy to stuff, but he'll continually come inside. The dude in the red sweatshirt is a good medium-level player with good all-around ability, so keep an eye on him. Guard Biggs with your largest mamma jamma, always keeping the player in front of him. If he gets loose on the way to the hoop, he's tough to stifle from behind, simply because he's so strong. Watch out when he goes up for a loose ball, as he likes to kick with those heavy Lugz. Bigg's main problem is that he's slow, so exploit this by pushing the ball up the court. Let's face it… this is the first level Boss, so he's not too tough. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Region #2: The second region ramps up the difficulty slightly. Put Biggs on your team to add some serious shot-stuffing ability. If you took Vince Carter, he's a good addition to your roster. In this Region, watch out for the Hawks, as Tony Kukoc is a mega- bruiser in this game. He'll bowl you over inside and finesse you from the outside. Tracy McGrady on the Magic and Alonzo Mourning on the Heat are also guys you'll need to keep track of. Teams: Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks Miami Heat Orlando Magic Street Challenge #2 Bonafide: The Cage Welcome to The Cage in Manhattan, home of the fierce (but short) basketball warrior known to the phone company as Carlito Vargas and everyone else as "Bonafide." Bonafide is all about the quickness. He's pretty strong, too for a little guy. His specialty is swinging his arms when he's in close. He'll do this to knock you over, then blaze a trail to the net or take the open jumper. He's almost automatic from behind the arch, so make sure you dog him all around the court. His opponents are not that great, so you can key on Bonafide for the most part. Select a group with at least one shot blocker to shut him down if he starts ripping shots from long range. Alonzo Mourning is a good candidate for this duty. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Region #3: The third Region is stocked full of talent, not the least of which is the fearsome Shawn Bradley of the Dallas Mavericks. While in the NBA Bradley may be somewhat of a disappointment, in Street he's an all-consuming, ball-gobbling blockmeister, not to be taken lightly. Don't even try to go inside against him unless he's flat on his keister. He's tall enough to block the moon, so take this into account. The twin towers of San Antonio (David Robinson and Tim Duncan) will also pose some problems. Make sure you've got either Alonzo Mourning, Biggs, or a tough, tall created player on your team at all times. Teams: Houston Rockets Dallas Mavericks San Antonio Spurs Phoenix Suns Utah Jazz Street Challenge #3 Drake: The Yard Detroit, Michigan: home of Ford Motors, Eminem and The Yard, a back alley street court that Drake built. Drake is a tough baller with good all-around skills, although his "streetness" is in question (he grew up the suburbs). About the only thing Drake can't do well is dunk, so force him near the rim and he'll have no choice but to pass off. His teammates, Mother Nature and Round the Way Girl have quickness to match his, so double teaming is out of the question. However, neither of these ladies is inclined to launch a three, and no one on this team has much size, so you can dominate play with a great shot-blocker. Either Tim Duncan and Shawn Bradley should be on your team by now, so choose them for this battle. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Region #4 The East coast is home to the NBA's MVP Allen Iverson, and his Finals crew is definitely the best opponent in the region. Not only is Iverson squirrelly both inside and out, but Dikembe Mutombo is one of the most dominant shot blockers in the game. Make sure you have someone comparable, like a Shawn Bradley. Also, put someone good on Iverson (McGrady or Kidd come to mind). As for the rest of the bracket, Marbury of the Nets has great outside game, but the rest of the teams here are kind of pushovers. Teams: Philadelphia 76ers Boston Celtics New Jersey Nets Washington Wizards Street Challenge #4 DJ: Venice Beach Venice Beach is hot, and so is the competition. (Who writes this crap?) Actually, DJ is one of the easier level bosses in the game. Sure, he has elevated skills, but after facing the likes of Iverson, he won't seem like anything special. He has good all-around game and is pretty quick, but you can stifle him and his cronies with a well-balanced crew. At this point, you'll have a large talent pool to draw from. Use it to fill out a team with a good shot-blocker, a decent outside shooter and a good mid-range guy. DJ's teammates are about the same size as he is, so you can pretty easily shoot over them. Work the ball inside, then out and pop for threes. Make sure to knock down anyone who runs out to meet you so you'll have an open shot. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Region #5 Region #5 plays out much the same way Region #4 did. There aren't a whole lot of Superstars in this bunch, with the exception of Kevin Garnett and Terrell Brandon of the Timberwolves. Minnesota is by far the most balanced group here, but you might catch a good game against the Pacers, too, as Reggie Miller likes to bomb from three- land and Jalen Rose is pretty good from anywhere on the floor. The Pistons, Bulls and Cavs have little to offer. Teams: Detroit Pistons Chicago Bulls Indiana Pacers Minnesota Timberwolves Cleveland Cavaliers Street Challenge #5 Takashi: Yakatomi Plaza The fifth street challenge takes place above a skyscraper reminiscent of the one from Die Hard. Yippie-kiy-yay! The king of this ethereal throne is a super-tall beanpole known as Takashi. This gangly giant covers a lot of court with a serious wingspan and the ability to block most anything, including your treasured Gamebreakers. You'll want to be driving down the lane and taking Takashi down with a Slip and Slide or other such maneuver. Don't even think about an alley-oop if Takashi is on his feet near the hoop. Make sure you have a Bradley or Ilgauskas or Mutombo on your squad in order to tango. You may not be able to stop Takashi completely, but you should be able to slow him down enough to win. The best part? Once you beat this goliath, he has to come play for you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Region #6 Here is where the cream of the NBA reside… out on the west coast. Not only do you have some of the toughest teams in the game out here, but each of the Region 6 squads has at least one viable superstar. In Portland, it's Scottie Pippen, but you also have to watch out for Stoudamire and Wallace. You'll need a balanced team to take these guys on. In LA (versus the Clippers), there's the underrated Lamar Odom. Across town, you've got Shaq, Kobe and the crew. Hands down, Shaquille O'Neal is the toughest NBA player in the game. Put a big body on him and watch him all the time. He'll go up for his fair share of alley-oops and face-wrecking dunks before it's all over. In California's capitol, Sacramento, the Kings have perhaps the most balanced trio around in Chris Webber, Jason Williams and Vlade Divac. You might want to select MJ to meet them. And in Seattle, Vin Baker and Gary Payton will bend you over a stump if you're not careful. For all these teams, a good blend of power, finesse and height is in order. Choose wisely from your palette of talent. Teams: Portland Trailblazers LA Lakers LA Clippers Sacramento Kings Seattle Supersonics Street Challenge #6 Stretch: Rucker Park Stretch is an old school baller with a chip on his shoulder and a fro on his head. He's tough in the paint, both as a shot blocker and dunking sensation, so put your biggest body on him and keep at a reasonable distance. Stretch likes to bash you with his big elbows inside, knocking you down to clear a path to the hoop. If you hang back slightly and don't let him mess with you, he'll be reluctant to stop and pop for a jumper, and you'll cut him off in the lane. His teammates are a well- rounded group of street hardened players, who have a lot of power and quickness, but not much of an outside game. Regardless, make sure everyone has a body on them at all times. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Final Challenge Michael Jordan Since you've been able to use MJ since the beginning, you have a good sense of what His Airness can do. Now you have to face him and the NY Street Legends. This isn't going to be pretty. The thing about Michael is that you can never leave him unguarded, so you'll need a player with a lot of quickness to shadow him. Don't worry if Michael scores some points. He will. Just be sure you score more. To this end, make sure you have a great three point shooter along for the ride. Someone like Gary Payton fits this double bill nicely. I also found Glenn Robinson of the Bucks or Kobe Bryant of the Lakers to be adequate. Be careful not to pay too much attention to Jordan (double teaming him), or his teammates will scorch you good. Make sure you also have a dominant physical presence inside. Someone like Takashi or Shaq is good in this regard. The biggest key to beating Jordan is to be in his face constantly. If you leave him alone for a second, he'll score. Pay even closer attention to him behind the three line, as he'll spring for a thromboli whenever the mood hits him. Ultimately, defense is the key to beating MJ, as is the Gamebreaker. If you can make them waste theirs through good defense, blocking or stalling, you stand a good chance of winning. And if you don't win immediately, there's always the Rematch. CHEATS Unlocking Create Player Pieces Complete Hold the Court Challenges to unlock extra pieces and Development Points to add to your created player. submitted by IGN Codes Unlocking NBA Players To unlock NBA Superstars, play the City Challenge. Each time you beat an NBA team in this mode, you will be able to select a player from their five man roster. submitted by IGN Codes Unlocking Special Players and Courts While playing the City Circuit, you will progress through a number of NBA teams. Then, when you reach each Region's City Challenge, you will play a team of pumped-up street ballers. To claim the leader of each of these teams for your own squad, simply win the Challenge. In addition, you will unlock the Courts these "legends" call their homes. Region "bosses" are as follows: Region 1: Biggs/ Beacon Hill Region 2: Bonafide/ Broad Street Region 3: Drake/ The Yard Region 4: DJ/ Venice Beach Region 5: Takashi/ Yakatomni Plaza Region 6: Stretch/ Rucker Park Beat Michael Jordan at the end of the game to unlock one of the following characters from the special teams: Magma Man Grayalien Alien Yeti Snowman Moby Jones Zoe Payne Tracy Maretti Kiely Naturi Adrienne Skip to My Lou The Goods Starbury Unlocking Special Teams Certain teams become available in Hold the Court mode after you reach specific milestones in the game. They are: Win 10 games - Team BIG Win 20 games - Team 3LW Win 30 games - Team NYC Legends Win 40 games - Team Street Legends Beat all Challenges in Hold the Court- Team Dream