Life has really put a dent in my gaming. As has Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (fricking awesome game). But I get a game or two of NBA in every other night, mostly on my player. I got tired of wiping the floor while playing a whole team (even beating the Thunder with the Sonics team I created got old in the 3rd quarter). I was surprised at how effective my 68ovr PF can be. Now, he is 6'11 with good athleticism and 85 midrange shot (Not as useful as it sounds, honestly), so he has his pluses, but he's also a terrible on-ball defender and most of his skills are below-average.
I'm on the Suns in my second season, and the Suns are TERRIBLE. I have Nash, Aaron Brooks, AND Jameer Nelson, and none of them can defend. Keith Bogans is my starting 2 guard, 'nough said. DeAndre Jordan is actually a terrible C when the CPU plays him, even his defense is bad. The starting SF is a 58ovr rookie, which is an improvement. I don't know what the heck management is thinking with this roster, but I'm usually able to put up 15-20 a game with good efficiency. My rebounding is mediocre (about 7rpg, averaging 28minutes), but a lot of that is due to my role as "only guy on the team who will protect the paint", so I'm airborne a lot. It's been pretty fun, though. I rack up the Teammate grade by setting screens like crazy, and that's a good way to get skill points when your player has few/no skills. Highly recommend doing that if you are having trouble getting your skills up.
Sarlacc, on comparing .NET to Soccer: And why not? It's a bunch of people running around in circles, feigning pain, and never scoring.