This game is to imperfect to warrant how tough it is to "master" and have real, intuitive fun with.
If I'm not going to get easy, consistent satisfaction from playing a sports game, it better be because the perfection of detail top to bottom is there; and I can justify slaving through a steep learning curve, pissed off, to master things because the end result is the pinnacle of an awesome NBA experience in video game form.
Shame they haven't perfected this game yet. Basketball could be the ultimate sports game for the platforms out there now.
IMHO, NHL games are the most evolved at this point.