The New York Times has a very interesting article today about the increasing use of zones in the NBA. The use of zones is up 50% this season. They make the point that, even if not used extensively, they tend to "cause confusion and inspire hesitation." Junk defenses are also up, such as box and one. The article talks about how zones have been looked down on as a "weak player's" game. They clearly don't have the prestige that man defenses have. It's almost like a macho thing to run a man. But the NBA is getting over that. Some of us have always wanted Karen to use more zone, at least selectively to break up momentum, but she just can't bring herself to do it. Neither could Jody.