"The game has cool shooting and rebounding mechanics not found in other basketball series. There is a "shooting meter" above the player, which lets you know how long to hold the shoot button before letting go. It lets you know whether a successful shot has been taken and it's a good way to let players know they didn't sink a fluke. Also, the rebounding circle is a nice touch. When a shot rims out, the circle lets players know where to jump to grab the rebound.
Basketball fans looking for a game that represents what they see on TV should look elsewhere. NBA 09 is a very generic game and being generic won't get you very far with gamers."