Summary: I bought 2K3 and traded it for Live. GRAPHICS: 2K3 graphics are NOT better. SOME faces are OK compared to Live, but Live's are better in general. Sure, you have sweat in 2K3, but mainly from you trying to figure out the menus, trying to figure out the illogical controls, and fretting about how to tell your sweetie you dropped fifty bucks on a horrible game that you can't get your $$$ back for.
Summary: NBA 2k3 has excellent gameplay, excellent feel, excellent realism and excellent graphics. I was so excited about this game, and playing the actual games definitely lives up to the hype. Here's the problem: not only is there not a multi-player franchise mode, the makers of the game actually REMOVED the multi-player season mode! This boggles my mind. Part of the fun of sports games is being able to play them with other people.