Summary: The controls in this game are terrible, especially on defense. The graphics are good, the presentation is acceptable, but not great. However - the game simply isn't fun to play. Do yourself a favor - get NBA Live if you want NBA, or College Hoops (ironically, by the same company as this game) if you just ant a good basketball game.
Summary: First off, I liked last years 2K8 game, with the exception that all-pro players missed easy shots and lay-ups... That was supposed to be fixed for 2K9 but I still see it happen like 3-5 times a game, and in critical moments. The worst thing is the defense; the AI of your players on your team is so dumb, they just stand around and a guy can get in to make a dunk or layup every time. The most unrealistic events and things happen that would never happen in real life.
Summary: I find it amazing that the 2k series has done something that is all too common in games today. They came out with a game that combines amazing graphics and gameplay with HORRIBLE game reality. The thing about sport games is that one of the big giveaways is those of us who play the sport can better decide and see what is realistic and what is just plain old ridiculous. For NBA 2k9 - the ridiculous totally outweighs everything else that this game has to offer.
Summary: terrible game, dont buy. I had NBA 2K7 on ps3, and was the best game ages ago till i got cod4. the 2k9 version sucks, had it for 2 days tried to take it back and lost the reciept, so traded it in, paid 79.95 from JB and got $33 2 days after i just bort it. i lost $45 thanks to this game.