By Brian Mazique

I'm Brian Mazique, a basketball lifer (NBA, College and High School) a hardcore gamer and lover of numbers. Somehow the three passions have created Unique Mazique. I've been writing about hoops and video games for the past 10 years for a variety of publications and sharing thoughts and content on my YouTube channel, Mazique on Hoops.

How do I Know if This NBA 2K19 MyTeam Card is Worth it?

If you love NBA 2K19’s MyTeam mode, chances are you’re into the dopamine effect you get from opening packs, accumulating MT, and all of the other bells and whistles equipped in the feature. I get a bit of a rush from building lineups in this entirely unrealistic, but addictive mode. However, I also have come…

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Seriously, J.R. Smith is NBA 2K19’s MyTEAM GOAT

Let’s get something straight: NBA 2K19’s MyTeam mode uses real players, but it’s a fantasy feature. Thus, 2K takes some liberties with player ratings that are likely to make basketball purists sick to their stomach. I liken it to professional wrestling in many ways. If you catch yourself trying to apply too much common logic…

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Down the Rabbit Hole in NBA 2K19’s MyLeague Mode

The amount of customization in NBA 2K19’s MyLeague mode is astonishing. As a major franchise-mode nerd, I can spend hours playing around with this one. The ultimate experience, which I admit is for absolute maniacs, is to create a league from scratch. Check that. It’s not just “from scratch.” In MyLeague, you can change just…

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You Can Learn A Lot About NBA Offenses From ‘NBA 2K19’

I’m convinced that most people who play NBA 2K don’t explore all of the game’s options. A few of its areas get minimal attention from fans: artificial intelligence, playbooks and playcalling. There is a lot of work that goes into making each coach’s style and the way teams run their offenses look and feel authentic…

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CSL, NBA 2K Cultivate New Basketball eSports Format

Someone once told me they could envision a time when two teams of gamers will play an NBA 2K League Finals Game 7 inside the Staples Center on the scoreboard above the court. Initially, I thought the idea was a bit grandiose, but now I believe it’s a matter when, not if, that will happen.…

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NBA 2K League’s Plan for Asian-Pacific Expansion

The NBA 2K League will be a global organization; the powers that be are making sure of it. On Tuesday, the league announced the Asia-Pacific (APAC) Invitational. Its purpose is to find qualified gamers from the Asia-Pacific region and have them added to the draft pool ahead of Season 2. The 2-day event runs from…

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‘NBA 2K19’ MyTEAM Has Immortalized Too Many Players

I am enjoying MyTeam in NBA 2K19 even more than prior releases in the series. That said, there is a fundamental issue with the structure and content that should be addressed: Too many Galaxy Opal and Pink Diamond cards. Saturated and De-valued Gemstones For those who are unaware, PD and GO are the highest gemstones available…

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‘NBA 2K20’ Will Need New Player Badges

Player ratings are a big deal in NBA 2K, but any hardcore fan will tell you, the badges are what truly separates a player in the game. Gone are the days when the virtual athlete was defined solely by his overall rating. 2K has popularized the concept of awarding players with performance badges, allowing the…

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