Adam Silver Rumors
O’Neal said what became known as “Hack-a-Shaq” didn’t work when it counted. “Portland tried it in a Game 6 and Game 7 and I nailed them,” he said. “San Antonio tried it, I nailed them. Dallas even tried it when I was with Miami, I nailed them. “I don’t think you should change the rule. I think it slows the game down, but a lot of times it slows the other team down, too.
“Me and [former Trail Blazer] Steve Smith talk about this all the time. When they got up by 17 and they started going to the Hack-a-Shaq [in Game 7 of the 2000 Western finals], they lost rhythm. “Of course, it’s slow and boring, but I don’t think they should change it. Because with the rule changes they have now, I would have averaged 60. I would have.”
Cuban went so far as to say that trying to eliminate the “Hack-a-Shaq” strategy would be about the same as eliminating overtime and having tie games decided by free throws or 3-pointers. And if the premise is to speed up the game, that’s wrong, too, he said. “To get rid of Hack-a-Shaq is wrong, dead wrong, absolutely 100 percent wrong,” Cuban said. “There are a thousand ways to speed up the game. The one way that won’t do it any better is rewarding somebody for not being able to shoot a free throw like a 10-year-old.
“While Adam is right on a lot of things, if that’s his new position, he’s wrong. And anybody who thinks it’s about saving time is wrong. Not maybe wrong, not could be wrong, not possibly wrong, not like smart minds can take different viewpoints. “It’s just wrong.”
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he was in favor of a change, under the proper circumstances. “Yeah, I just think you’ve gotta give it a lot of thought,” Rivers said at the morning shootaround before Game 3 of his team’s playoff series against Portland; the Clippers lead 2-0. “You have to do it the right way. … I think when it does change, it will change the right way; I don’t think it’ll bail guys out completely. We’ll see.”