Mike D’Antoni: Bring On ‘Hack-a-Howard’
It had been almost a month since a team last threatened to break out a “Hack-a-Howard” routine to stop Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard by trapping him at the free-throw line all night.
The strategy surfaced again Tuesday in the Lakers’ 95-90 win over the Brooklyn Nets when Howard’s 23-point, 15-rebound, four-block effort was marred by a 7-for-19 mark from the line.
However, as dicey as things got with Howard turning freebies into anything but free, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he invites other opponents to try the same technique.
“The thing with Dwight, I hope you know, if they start Hack-a-Dwight and he’s making one out of two, that’s a possession,” D’Antoni said. “That’s one point per possession. That’s pretty good basketball, especially down the stretch. So that’s fine. If they want to do that, that’s great. I got no problem with it.”