Adam Silver Will Probably Change the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ Rule


The fabled Hack-a-Shaq strategy of intentionally fouling bad free throw shooters seems to be becoming more common in the league, which is decreasing the quality of the games the league offers. While many like the idea of punishing the big men who can’t shoot free throws, it’s not exactly good basketball when a piss-poor free throw shooter gets intentionally fouled fifteen times per game.

So Adam Silver said he’s becoming more and more certain that he’ll make a change this offseason. His exact words? “I’m increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer.”

There’s no easy fix without letting the bad shooters off the hook somewhat, but that’s the cost of cleaning up all those intentional fouls.

Like many fans, Silver said he’s “conflicted” on the issue, but at the end of the day, the NBA’s product is “entertainment,” and there’s very little entertaining about DeAndre Jordan shooting 20 free throws per game.

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