Over the past 15 years, teams have used the "hack-a-player" tactic when guarding a tough frontcourt player who can't shoot free throws.
For some, it has been successful, for many, it comes back to haunt them. While many journalists and radio hosts have asked the league to address the issue, the NBA has been firm on their stance on the issue stating: make your free throws, and it won't be an issue.
Today though, it seems as if internal and external pressure have worn down the NBA, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver may have changed his mind on the issue.
"I'm increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer," Silver told USA Today Sports. "Even for those who had not wanted to make the change, we're being forced to that position just based on these sophisticated coaches understandably using every tactic available to them. It's just not the way we want to see the game played."
"As I travel around the league, there's that one school of thought [that] 'guys have got to make their free throws,'" Silver told USA Today. "But then at the end of the day, we are an entertainment property, and it's clear that when you're in the arena, that fans are looking at me, shrugging their shoulders with that look saying, 'Aren't you going to do something about this?'"
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