NBA in the Zone was one of the first real basketball games to come out for Playstation, and by playing it you will be able to figure that out almost immeadiatly. Not only are all of the features quite outdated, the game itself is just not as fun as many of the other ones that had come out.
Looking back on the graphics, you will see how suprizingly funny they are. The players literally have no fingers at all, not even in the instant replays. The graphics have just as many glitches as you can count. The sounds are not quite average, but they are good enough not to get annoying.
If there was only one basketball that you could own, do not make it NBA in the Zone. There are much better games out there for you to get that are more reasonably priced than NBA in the Zone.