Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• Every team in the league uses the zone defense occasionally; the Trail Blazers are no exception. In fact Portland uses zones, man-to-man zones, zones disguised as man-to-man, and man-to-man disguised as a zone, sometimes switching it up mid-play. Here is a great primer on how to attack a zone with video demonstrations by Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook.
• Joe Freeman on Joel Przybilla’s long road to recovery:
“I want to play,” Przybilla said. “I’ve been injured in the past, but nothing this severe, where I know I’m going to miss ... the rest of the season. It’s new to me. Am I struggling with it? Yeah, a little bit. But I’ve got my family supporting me and I know I’ll be back stronger than ever.”
• An interesting article about context and statistics from RealGM: Daniel Leroux thinks that Monta Ellis is not as bad as Hillonger thinks he is.
• There will be no Blazers in the Sophomore/Rookie Challenge. I guess injuries cost Rudy his spot. Injuries didn't seem to hurt Danilo Gallinari, though.
• Kevin Arnovits apologizes to former Blazer Zach Randolph. I’m really happy for Zach as a person, but if he’d have gotten his act together sooner, maybe Portland could have traded him for David Lee instead of Channing Frye…
• Marc Stein reports that Arenas meets with Stern today to discover his fate. Why is this in the Blazer links? Well, what happens to Arenas will have a large impact on trades this year. According to John Hollinger, Washington is the first major trade deadline domino and what they do will impact the whole trade season.
• Michael Lee from The Washington Post says that according to a person with knowledge of the meeting between Arenas & Stern, Arenas will be suspended for the remainder of the season. Apparently, Arenas also told Stern that he would tell the players' union not to fight the suspension.
• Ball Don’t Lie has the Blazers in the NBA twitter top 10.