“In looking at the data and numerous potential solutions to combat the large increase in deliberate away-from-the-play foul situations, we believe these steps offer the most measured approach,” NBA Executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said. “The introduction of these new rules is designed to curb the increase in such fouls without eliminating the strategy entirely.” Silver said “our projections are that with the rule changes we put in place, we’ll reduce roughly 45% of the incidents of the away-from-the-play fouls right now.”
Teams can still utilize Hack-a-Shaq, but these rules are an initial attempt to reduce the number of times it happens during the season. “I’ve said it before, for example, when Hack-a-Shaq (is) done something like more than roughly ten times a game, it adds about 15 minutes to the length of the game,” Silver said at his NBA Finals news conference. “Not only is that something that is bad for our network partners, but for all of the fan research we have shows that the fans hate it. So there may be a compromise in there where we can cut it down significantly. It still remains an advantage for those teams that don’t have one of those players or, said differently, a disadvantage to those teams.”
That investment looks a little smarter Wednesday after the NBA approved a few rule changes to limit the “Hack-a-Shaq” strategy. Whiteside has been the subject of the “Hack-a-Shaq” tactic at times, as he’s a 59.8 percent free-throw shooter for his NBA career but improved to make 75 percent of his free throws after the All-Star break last season. These are the rule changes that were approved at Tuesday’s NBA Board of Governors meeting, according to a news release from the league. They will go into effect starting this upcoming season: The current rule for away-from-the-play fouls applicable to the last two minutes of the fourth period (and last two minutes of any overtime) – pursuant to which the fouled team is awarded one free throw and retains possession of the ball – will be extended to the last two minutes of each period.”
Play continued after The Block. Smith corralled the ball, and the Cavs pushed it up the court. Several members of the Warriors signaled for a goaltending call that never came. Javie: “I think replay review is excellent because of the fact that it helps you. It’s a tool to get plays right. There’s no doubt about it. Believe me, as you well know, every player who takes a shot wants to make a shot. Every referee who blows the whistle wants to make a right call. So, when there’s a tool to help you, it’s great to have at your disposal so you can use it. Now, in this situation, the only way they could have used replay review is if they blew the whistle and called it a goaltend because by rule, in order to use replay review on a goaltending or basket interference, you must blow the whistle and call it either goaltending or basket interference. By not blowing the whistle, they couldn’t go back to review it.”
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, getting a sit-down interview with league’s top executive for a third straight year. In McCollum’s wide-ranging interview, he asks Silver about moving the NBA All-Star game somewhere exotic, in-game celebrations, ads on jerseys and suspending Draymond Green in NBA Finals.