David Stern Wants To Get Rid Of ‘Hack-A-Howard’ Strategy

David Stern Wants To Get Rid Of ‘Hack-A-Howard’ Strategy


The Hack-a-Howard strategy paid off for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets recently with these two teams sending Dwight Howard to the free-throw in the fourth quarter in to order the superstar center to hit shots from the charity stripe in order to beat them.

As a result of Howard’s poor free-throw shooting, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered consecutive losses against the Magic and Rockets while leaving quite a few points that could’ve ultimately been the difference between winning and losing at the line.

The impact of the Hack-a-Howard strategy has been costly for the Lakers as of late with it not only sending their worst free-throw shooter to the line constantly in the fourth quarter but it also throwing the team off in terms of rhythm. As a result, the entertainment factor goes down considerably as well as the Lakers’ chances of pulling out wins in close games.

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With NBA commissioner David Stern fresh off of slapping the San Antonio Spurs with a $250,000 fine for rest star players against the Miami Heat recently, the longtime commissioner has chimed in about the strategy that has impacted the Lakers and the product on the floor by saying the following via Henry Abbott of ESPN’s TrueHoop:

“I would have liked to have seen the rule changed to make the last-two-minute rule the whole rule,” he said. “It was getting to a point last year where, [in the] first period, they were just grabbing players. I think that’s ludicrous.”

Obviously, Stern isn’t a fan of the strategy teams are using against the Lakers late in games and believes rules should be put in place to prevent it from happening.

Although Stern would like to prevent Hack-a-Howard strategies, it seems doubtful that it will happen before he officially retires. With that being said, Howard will simply need to improve from the line or he’ll continue to be criticized and a big liability for the team in close games for the rest of the season.

  • hookedonnews

    Hope this rule is changed asap. This is not basketball. I would be embarrassed as a coach to use this kind of a lame tactic. It’s embarrassing and doesn’t belong in the NBA.

    • Ian

      How about Howard learns how to shoot free throws? That’s what’s embarrassing.

      • hookedonnews

        I agree that the inability to make free throws is embarrassing, but most people would like to see this tactic outlawed. I’m not just saying this because I’m a Lakers fan. I was not a fan when it was done to Shaq, and I didn’t like it then either. Big men who can’t make FTs are not something new in the NBA. However, this hack-a-whoever strategy hasn’t always been around. I hope it is gone soon.

  • http://twitter.com/ramen003 nemar obod

    My opinion on hack-a-whoever. If defending team intentionally foul a player not in possession of the ball, the offensive team shall be allowed to choose any one player on the court to shoot the free throws. I think this is fair enough.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryanperrymotorsports Ryan Perry

      I like this

  • lakeshowfan

    The first sentence / paragraph of this article is poorly written.

  • Crystal

    I can’t believe it…but for once I agree with David Stern. Wow.

  • lakerman34

    If this were the Finals, Lakers vs. ORL, and Dwight was still on the Magic, ALL Laker fans would DISAGREE with Stern. I, too, disagree with Stern. It’s a good strategy to use against the most elite team in the league. Howard needs to work on his FTs, or be cause for lots of our losses.