Mike D’Antoni Hates ‘Hack-A-Howard’ Tactic
The Los Angeles Lakers won on Tuesday with the Orlando Magic resorting to “Hack-a-Howard” and constantly parading center Dwight Howard to the foul line, but that doesn’t mean Head Coach Mike D’Antoni approves of “Hack-a-Whomever.” The Lakers beat the Magic 106-97 with Howard tying his own all-time NBA record for free throw attempts in a game, going 25 of 39 from the line.
“I’m not criticizing anybody, but it’s part of the rules that’s just not great,” D’Antoni said before the Lakers played the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. “We’re an entertainment business. That’s not entertaining for anybody.”
After the game, D’Antoni said Orlando Head Coach Jacque Vaughn’s tactic created an inferior product for the paying customers in the seats.
“I hate it for the fans,” D’Antoni said.”They can come to practice for free and watch them shoot 40-50 foul shots. They don’t even have to pay for tickets. I’ll invite them all.”