NBA to Review Hack-A-Howard Strategy?
The Hack-a-Howard strategy might get hacked.
At the very least, the NBA realizes that the lack of a strong intentional-foul rule tends to dim the viewing experience.
“It slows the game down,” said Joel Litvin, NBA president of basketball operations. “This is a rule that does apply in the last two minutes of the game, so why shouldn’t it apply for the first 46?”
“They’ve been doing it for a while. I don’t think they’re going to stop,” (Dwight) Howard said. “It’s a strategy. Teams are going to use it. I can’t control that. They’re going to continue to do it so I might as well make the free throws.”
NBA Commissioner David Stern seemed to agree with Howard. It required more practice, not rewriting a rule.
“The reality is where you are in your career arc, it’s easy, you should just shoot foul shots better,” he said, declining to specifically voice his opinion of the actual rule.