Speaking of Stephon Marbury (who isn't?), remember back in 2000 when he would post up and everyone else would stand around? That's exactly what the NBA wanted rid of when they legalized the zone. Officials thought the zone would open things up. Eight seasons later, it has to a degree, surprisingly to many. For the Nets, one of the few NBA teams to fully embrace it, the zone has become an effective tool.
- Subtly, Zone Defense Helps Open Game - Jonathan Abrams - New York Times