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Tech review: Follow NBA teams, games with these apps

Apps that help users stay connected.

Apps that help users stay connected. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images

The NBA season starts Tuesday, and whether you're a fan of the Knicks, Nets or another team, these apps can get you squared away when roundball returns.

NBA Game Time 2014-15

(iOS, Android; free)

This free app is really meant to be your mobile portal to purchase an NBA League Pass that allows you to watch live games on your mobile device. The $199 package gives you access to all 30 teams, or for $149 you can get a "choice" package allowing you to pick five teams. If you subscribe to NBA League Pass through your cable or satellite provider, you can use your log-in credentials to watch games on the app. Subscribers can also access a library of classic NBA games and clips.

Official New York Knicks

(iOS, Android; free)

This app, redesigned for the 2014-15 season, has pre- and postgame videos from all Knicks games along with rosters, game recaps, photos and scores. It also offers a robust connection to several social networks, including the Knicks' official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. You can order tickets or Knicks merchandise through the app.

Brooklyn Nets

(iOS, Android; free)

The Nets have always had a following from Long Islanders who remember the glory days of Roosevelt's own Julius Erving and two ABA championships at the Nassau Coliseum. As the Brooklyn Nets begin their third season at Barclays Center, this app can reacquaint fans with the team that is, like their big-city rivals in Manhattan, just an LIRR ride away. The app features rosters, photos and live box scores that are updated during games. You can also order tickets and Nets gear through the app.

NBA 2K15

(iOS, selected Android devices; $7.99)

If your team isn't performing well on the court, perhaps you can guide it to the NBA Championship in this mobile version of the popular video game. The graphics that faithfully depict players and arenas are stunning, although game play is more difficult than in the PC or console versions where you can use fine-tuned controllers instead of teeny fingers. Initially available only for iOS and Amazon Fire devices, the game is expected to get a full Android rollout.

 

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Listen up

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Starting 'Fresh'

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