The NBA has tweaked a rule for the 2016-17 season, trying to curb the so-called “Hack-a-Shaq” strategy, targeting poor free throw shooting players.
The league’s board of governors has approved rules changes for the upcoming season that apply to deliberate fouls that occur away from plays.
“We had a discussion about so-called ‘Hack-a-Shaq’. We adopted a new rule there. I would say it is not everything that some people were looking for us to do and it was a compromise,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.
With teams using the strategy to foul poor free throw shooters like the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan or the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond, the NBA has decided to extend the current rule for away-from-the-play fouls applicable to the final two minutes of the fourth quarter and any overtime to the last two minutes of each period.
On inbounds situations, any defensive foul that occurs before the inbounder releases the ball will be whistled in “the same fashion as an away-from-the-play foul committed during the last two minutes of any period (i.e., one free throw and possession of the ball).”
Silver said the new rules will reduce “roughly 45 percent of the incidents of the away-from-the-play fouls right now.”