Shaq is the notorious recipient of this type of strategy because he is such a terrible free throw shooter. During these 2008 playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs had no problem implementing this strategy against Shaq and the Spurs. And then the ensuing argument started…..Should the NBA make it a rule that no team can run the hack-a-shaq strategy?
I say absolutely not! This is a completely legal strategy and I have no problem with it at all! Think about it. A professional basketball player has the opportunity to go to the free throw line almost every time down the court. Most NBA players and coaches would love it if the other team did this because they would have the opportunity to get easy points without any time running off the clock. However, since Shaq is such a terrible free throw shooter, some people are saying that this strategy is not fair and the NBA should make it illegal!?!
I don’t agree with that at all! Plain and simple, Shaq should be able to make his free throws. If he were to make 4 out of 5 or 5 out of 6, then the other team would probably stop fouling him. It just comes down to the fact that this is a person who is getting paid millions of dollars to play basketball and he can’t make free throws. That is not any other team’s problem! That is Shaq’s problem and he needs to step up and make his free throws.