Falling somewhere between 2K3 and Live is NBA Inside Drive, which is made by Microsoft (for the Xbox only). It's more like an arcade game than 2K3 and more realistic than Live, but it's not as much fun as either of those games. It's also missing some of the trimmings of Live (no teams of NBA greats, for instance), but Inside Drive does have a few things Live doesn't have. For instance, you can have a substitute report to the scorer's table at any time and then automatically enter the game whenever the next dead-ball situation occurs; on Live you must wait for the dead ball before getting into the substitution menu, so it's easy to forget that you wanted to yank someone, and thus you miss the opportunity.
Inside Drive's strength is its camera work, which is the best among the three games. Of the many viewing modes, the top one is Drive, which follows the flow of play from almost directly behind the player who has the ball without the camera's being herky-jerky. But perhaps the game's most clever feature is a button you press to make your opponent's controller vibrate as he's shooting a free throw.