At their annual meeting Wednesday, NBA general managers reportedly developed no consensus opinion on changing rules to limit the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy, CBS Sports reports.
Intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters has reemerged as a popular strategy during the playoffs. Los Angeles Clippers center and career 41.7% free-throw shooter DeAndre Jordan has shot 144 free throws in 12 games this postseason. He shot 14-34 from the line in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.
According to CBS Sports, many general managers do not view "Hack-a-Shaq" as a pressing concern.
"There is not enough support to change it," one executive in the meeting said. "It's one of those perception is bigger than reality issues."
CBS Sports reports that, per data presented to the general managers, 76% of all intentional fouls this year were committed on five players: Jordan, Dwight Howard, Joey Dorsey, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond.
Penalizing away-from-the-ball foul more harshly throughout the game — not just in the final two minutes and overtime — has been discussed as one disincentive to the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.
"Hack-a-Shaq" was coined in honor of former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, who shot 52.7% from the free-throw line in the regular season and 50.4% in the postseason over his 19-year career.
- Alex Putterman