Originally Posted by assyrianplaya
stop with that ... the pistons used the same zone the nba uses today against jordan. it was just illegal and never called.
And the mid-90s Sonics used a modified zone too, and got called for it all the damn time.
Schemes are more complicated today. for example, hardly anyone utilized a pick and roll offense 15 years ago (Utah was the only top team to really do it). You needed a physical point guard to run it with all the hand checking. Now, any pansy Euro PG can run a pick and roll, which has forced defenses to adjust and scheme for it. Remember in 2006, when Team USA got schooled by Greece on roughly 8,000 pick and rolls? It's because they had no idea how to defend a basic basketball play. Now, you don't see it as much. Why? Because they know how to defend it now. We are talking about a current staple of NBA basketball that not even the top NBA talent knew how to defend even seven years ago.