One day after commissioner Adam Silver told USA Today that rules were coming to regulate the use of the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ strategy, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James said that he sees no reason why a new rule should be put in place.
“I don’t really see a problem with it,” James told reporters at shootaround on Friday. “At the end of the day, it’s a strategy of the game and whatever it takes to win. If that’s a part of the game, and you have a guy that is a bad free-throw shooter and you put him on the line, that’s a part of strategy.”
An increasing number of teams intentionally foul poor free-throw shooters—specifically Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond—to send them to the line.
In May, Rockets guard James Harden spoke out against the strategy.
– Kenny Ducey