NBA Not Prepared to Change “Hack-a-Shaq” Rules Right Now

By Vincent Frank

Among the most contentious issues during the 2015 NBA Playoffs has been the league-wide use of Hack-a-Shaq, a strategy meant to put bad free-throw shooters on the line to limit opposing team’s offensive possessions.

We have seen this utilized against the likes of DeAndre Jordan, Josh Smith and Dwight Howard, among others, during the playoffs. While it’s legal in the grand scheme of things, the philosophy ruins the product we see on the court and goes away from traditional basketball.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who had been on the fence regarding a change to the rule, doesn’t seem to be too keen on the idea of implementing any changes in time for the 2015-16 season:

“Given that I’m torn on it,” the commissioner said. “I think where I come out is, let’s look at one more season of data.”

Silver hasn’t been afraid to implement change since he took over the commissioner role from David Stern in February of 2014. However, it’s not yet known how much more data Silver needs here. The Hack-a-Shaq philosophy has impacted the quality of the game in the playoffs this year. That much can’t be ignored.

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