Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 10/28/11
(As NBA owners work to settle the lockout, perhaps it is time to consider gains that can be made when the league returns. In our latest lockout series, we look at changes that could produce an improved product.) Issue: It has been a decade since the NBA voted to allow zone defense. Prior to the switch in 2001, the league had a somewhat arcane set of rules that required man-to-man defense, with double-teams allowed only once an opposing player received the ball. The switch was to bring the league into conformity with the greater basketball community, and, frankly, coaches had found myriad ways to overcome the no-zone restrictions. Heat angle: With two of the most dynamic perimeter scorers in the game in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat have found themselves stymied at times by zone defenses that essentially load up against the athletic scorers and clog the paint, also inhibiting the likes of Chris Bosh. That, in turn, often can reduce the Heat to a jump-shooting team, reliant...
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