LeBron James: ‘I don’t really see a problem’ with Hack-a-Shaq
With Adam Silver saying recently he is beginning to see no other option other than alter NBA rules to counteract the overuse of the “Hack-a-(Whomever)” practice currently plaguing the NBA, LeBron James was asked his opinion of the swirling controversy.
Simply stated, James has little problem with teams employing the strategy and that changes aren’t really necessary.
I don’t really see a problem with it,” James said at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Friday shootaround, via Cleveland.com . “At the end of the day, it’s a strategy of the game and whatever it takes to win. If that’s a part of the game, and you have a guy that is a bad free-throw shooter and you put him on the line, that’s a part of strategy.”
The “Hack-a-(Whomever)” strategy has been around for years going all the way back to the woeful free throw-shooting ways of Shaquille O’Neal. But it’s become a hot topic of conversation this season among fans, players as well as coaches, including Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Interestingly, Van Gundy happens to have a player on his team, Andre Drummond, whose struggles at the free throw line (35 percent), have prompted teams to continuously foul the center and get him to the charity stripe, sometimes with absurd frequency.
But James, like many who believe no changes are needed, made the basic argument that the best way to counteract the practice is simple: Start making free throws, which is something he says the Cavaliers have encountered with Tristan Thompson, who shoots a poor 61 percent from the free throw line.
He also scoffed at the notion that the way the strategy slows down the game to a glacial crawl and puts star players on the bench is having an adverse impact.
“Our game is great and it’s been growing, so I don’t think anyone’s going to bring up, at the end of the day, the “Hack-A-Shaq” is the reason our game isn’t good,” he said.
Despite James’ misgivings about the NBA doing something about the practice, expect the league to look into at least figuring out a way to limit the strategy in the near future.