NBA 09: The Inside is a basketball simulation game developed by SCE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game was released on October 7, 2008 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. This year's game does not feature a single cover athlete but instead features a group of six NBA players that include Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, and Dwyane Wade.
The game includes all 30 NBA teams along with 14 of the 16 NBDL teams (The NBDL teams are excluded from the PlayStation Portable). Those teams are:
- Quick Play- this mode allows you to choose an NBA or D-League (excluded in PlayStation Portable) team to play in a normal game.
- Franchise- allows you to choose one NBA team and control its player transactions and other things covered by a real General Manager.
- The Life (not available on PlayStation Portable)- allows you to play 3 different stories of an NBA player's rise from the D-League to the NBA.
- NBA Replay (not available on PlayStation Portable)- this mode allows you to replay a game played in real life.