NBA Live 2003

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ

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  • Play as B-Rich

    Enter the create-a-player screen and enter "DOLLABILLS" as a name. If you entered the code correctly, a message will appear. B-Rich will appear in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get him on your team.

  • Play as Busta Rhymes

    Enter the create-a-player screen and enter "FLIPMODE" as a name. If you entered the code correctly, a message will appear. Busta Rhymes will appear in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get him on your team.

  • Play as DJ Clue

    Enter the create-a-player screen and enter "MIXTAPES" as a name. If you entered the code correctly, a message will appear. DJ Clue will appear in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get him on your team.

  • Play as Ghetto Fabulous

    Enter the create-a-player screen and enter "GHETTOFAB" as a name. If you entered the code correctly, a message will appear. Ghetto Fabulous will appear in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get him on your team.

  • Play as Hot Karl

    Enter the create-a-player screen and enter "CALIFORNIA" as a name. If you entered the code correctly, a message will appear. Hot Karl will appear in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get him on your team.

  • Play as Just Blaze

    Enter the create-a-player screen and enter "GOODBEATS" as a name. If you entered the code correctly, a message will appear. Just Blaze will appear in the free agent pool. Select the "Sign/Release Player" option to get him on your team.

  • Easy fouls

    When your opponent is backing you down, press [Taking Charge] to get the CPU to foul you.

  • Easy freethrows

    Pause the game, then change the controller setting to the CPU. Resume game and after the CPU has shot the freethrow, pause game play again and change the controller setting back to its original value.

  • Pump fakes

    To do a pump fake, simply tap [Shoot]. Usually when a defender is near you, he will jump and try to block your fake. While he is in mid-air, shoot the ball and about 80% of the time it will goes in because there is no one interfering with your shot. Make sure you do not try to move after doing a pump fake, because you will get called for traveling.

  • Bypassing tough defenders

    If you are trying to shoot and have a top defender on your player (for example, Ben Wallace, Bruce Bowen, Kevin Garnett, Kobe, Jason Kidd, Tim Duncan, etc.) and he will not go for a head fake, take a few dribbles. After that, do another fake and he will usually go flying. This also can help you draw easy fouls.

  • Slower speed

    Change the game type to "Arcade" and select the desired rules for the game. It has a much slower game speed and easier control.

  • Change players ratings

    You can change player ratings in regular season or franchise mode at any time while your team is in the playoffs. Just go to "Team Management", then "Edit Player". Select a player on your team and you will be able to choose the "Ratings" option. You can now change that player's ratings in any way desired. You cannot do this during the regular season. You can also change a player's gear any time you desire (for example, socks, armbands, etc.)

  • Signing free agents

    If a player refuses to sign with your team, try offering him a longer contract.

  • More players want to sign

    If you want more or better players on your team, win the championship. Players will ask for longer term deals, but for 300,000 points.

  • Frame rates

    If you notice that your game is running slow after awhile when playing, press [Alt] + [Tab] to minimize the game and go to your Desktop. Click NBA Live 2003 on the menu bar again and it will go back to the game. You will now notice that everything is running smoother again. You should attempt this trick every time a quarter ends to keep the game playing with faster frame rates.


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