The game of basketball is very similar to life itself, the key to success is to combine both luck and sophistication. The physiological affect on the game is more intense than other types of sports. Portland's ability to foul Shaquille O'Neal and for Dennis Rodman to play mind games with Karl Malone tends to tell that the dynamic of the game.
In the latest installment in the NBA 2k series, it's noticeable from the get go that the designers of the game wanted to teach the core elements of basketball. The engine of the game requires the player to play on both ends of the court. Like the real game, the emphasis is to move the ball around and work as a team, there is some space for individual plays but it's limited.