I just returned to this game today for the first time since 2004. Not only is it still my favorite NBA game ever made, but it's actually better than I remembered it being. Everything from the controls to the presentation are just perfect.
Better yet, this was the year after the Spurs won the championship, and Tim Duncan was the highest rated player. I'm a huge fan of the Spurs and TD, so for me, this one will always be the best.