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NBA 2K21 v1.02: Changes to Pro Stick Shooting

This morning’s NBA 2K21 v1.02 patch sits at a hefty 4.6 GB on PlayStation 4 and 5.7 GB on Xbox One. The most noticeable change in today’s patch is around Pro Stick shooting. The shot meter starts earlier, and the bar starts farther away from the good shot zone than before. Early on, this seemed to make Pro Stick shooting more difficult. With clarity from the official NBA 2K21 1.02 patch notes, this will hopefully become easier and more consistent for players.

There are some issues with today’s patch. Noticeably, some players still aren’t receiving their bonuses from buying the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition. Players are also reporting a beautiful new bug in 1.02 where MyPlayers temporarily become cheerleaders.

MyPlayer is MyBiggestfan, via u/goldenr3ck3r on Reddit

There were fears this morning that there wouldn’t be official patch notes. 2K is notoriously bad about patch transparency. However, the 2K team confirms on its website that future patch notes will be available as part of NBA 2K21’s Courtside Report. You can find the full set of patch notes below.

Changes in NBA 2K21 1.02


  • New Pro Stick Aiming/Shot Timing selector. On your first boot, you will now have the option to choose between using the new Pro Stick Aiming mechanic or the traditional Shot Timing mechanic. Your settings file will be updated with the appropriate selection. As always, you can visit your settings at any time to update your shooting preference.
  • Fixed several hangs that could happen when entering and exiting various game modes during the same session, or when idling out at certain areas.
  • Andrew Wiggins Beard Fixes


  • Enabled the ability to use Pro Stick Shot Aiming with the Shot Meter setting turned off.
  • Ideal Shot Aiming point now determined by how slowly or quickly the Pro Stick is initially deflected when starting a shot. A slow flick will move the ideal aim point to the left, while a fast flick will move the ideal point to the right, giving players more consistency with Pro Stick shooting.
  • Changed Ante Up to use competitive slider settings (more skill-based).
  • When the Shot Feedback setting is set to “OFF,” players and opponents will no longer see Excellent Release (green light) animations.
  • Fixed unwanted fadeaway shots that were playing after immediately shooting out of certain dribble moves.
  • Improved standing dunk reliability when using the Pro Stick.
  • Disabled the double team indicator in an effort to clean up the on-screen UI based on community feedback.
  • Added the ability to shoot driving floaters from further away from the basket.
  • Moving Park dribble moves were remapped to “holds” on the Pro Stick, allowing continued use of Hard Stops with L2/LT after unlocking the Park Handles badge.
  • Cleaned up some animation pops in the dribble move system.
  • Fixed ball physics bugs when Shot Timing was set to Real Player %.
  • Toned down the effectiveness of the Lead to Basket pass feature to prevent exploits.


  • Fixed a Pro Am 3v3 hang that was being reported by the community.
  • Fixed a hang that some users reported when entering/exiting the Cages.
  • Addressed a case where some users reported loss of control of their MyPLAYER during gameplay.
  • Fixed an issue in MyCOURT where the player was unable to finish some mini-games with certain NBA players as AI.
  • Fixed a hang that could happen at the start of a 3-on-3 game in MyCOURT.
  • Fixed an issue where fan growth in Park games was not properly accumulating.
  • Addressed an issue where custom shoes were sometimes not showing up properly on other players in the Beach.
  • Fixed a hang that some users reported when transitioning between Beach instances.
  • Users will now receive the correct scene after winning the College Championship.


  • Fixed a hang that would occur if the user was tracking an expired Agenda.
  • Fixed an issue where the progress bar would fail to show progress on the Agenda Tracker.
  • Fixed user interface issues when applying and upgrading badges to player cards.


  • 2K Share Content (Draft Classes/Players/Rosters) should now properly function when accessed.
  • Tuning improvements to Player Progression, based on community feedback. With our new “Boom or Bust” system, player progression/regression has been completely re-written for 2K21 to provide a level of dynamism such that players will follow different career arcs in different playthroughs.
  • Addressed a MyLEAGUE item where the user would hang when selecting the Save As option after previously accessing the shared save list.

Changes to Pro Stick shooting aren’t a surprise, considering it has been poorly received so far. Even the game’s cover athlete doesn’t seem to like it. The NBA 2K21 team seems committed to getting it right, so expect more tweaks to Pro Stick shooting in the future. With that said, there’s never a bad time to refresh yourself on some shooting tips and tricks for NBA 2K21. 

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