2016 NBA Weekly: The ‘Hack-A-Player’ Conundrum

Is it necessary to change some rules to prevent the ‘hack-a-player’ strategy that is becoming more often nowadays? Yes? Well, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver kinda favors this change.

Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dwight Howard (Photo: Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

“At the end of the day,” Silver said, “we are an entertainment property, and it’s clear when you’re in the arena that fans are looking at me shrugging their shoulders with that look saying, ‘Aren’t you going to do something about this?’”

Hmm… We believe the only good this’d do is ‘speed up the game’.

Detroit's Andre Drummond
Detroit’s Andre Drummond

So, it’s really a matter of choosing between speeding up, or making basketball advocates understand the value of free-throw shooting — after all, it’s a crucial skill. A game changer.

As for speeding up the game, hey, take in less advertisements! Hah! More than fouling, commercials are what fans actually do not like since it holds off their excitement on the game. But then, we know that ads is what sustains the league. So?

0208 phoenix-sunsHow about lesser time outs? Just let the players learn to deal with adversity, you know. Another joke?! This would then make coaches almost unnecessary and the game sloppy!

In the end, it’s not about revising the ‘hacking’ rules or speeding up the game on a per game basis — for fans, it’s about lessening the number of regular season games so we won’t see bad teams playing good teams. That’s not entertainment, Adam Silver. The PlayOffs is.


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