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    • Developer Visual Concepts has rolled out a brand-new NBA 2K21 update for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One that makes some tweaks dribbling and more. The full patch notes are outlined below. The most prominent change to NBA 2K21 with this update is dribbling. The Ball Handling requirement to unlock Pro Dribble moves has been lowered from 85 to 80. Meanwhile, dribble moves while in the Park have been moved to L3 (on the left stick) and the speed boost rewarded after certain dribble moves has been reduced. The update also makes some visual adjustments to NBA 2K21. Most notably, text readability throughout various in-game menus has been improved, as well as the game's art and lighting. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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