Adam Silver says league to mull hack-a-Shaq-strategy

Adam Silver says league to mull hack-a-Shaq-strategy

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he plans to have talks with the league this summer on the possibility of eliminating the hack-a-Shaq strategy from the NBA.

Silver spoke with ESPN.com about possibly making new rules to avoid team’s going that rout throughout a game and could start discussing a solution this summer.

“It’s something that I’m on the fence about,” Silver told ESPN.com on Friday. “My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game’s very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That’s changed my view a little bit.”

“Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it’s not great entertainment for our fans, and that’s important as well,” Silver continued. “What I’ve said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I’m sure it’s going to be a hot topic of discussion. Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we’re going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward.”

Shaquille O’Neal was famously fouled on purpose because of his poor free-throw shooting throughout his career and other teams have tried the same thing to opposing poor free-throw percentage players.

“We’re very conservative when it comes to changing the rules of the game,” Silver said. “That’s why changing the rules of the game requires more than the majority of the owners; it requires a super majority. So we’ve got to be very careful, but it is something that we’re looking at closely.”