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Hack-a-Player rule should remain in NBA

By: Damon Sloan

Why should DeAndre Jordan have his biggest flaw eliminated when so many other players work hard to be able to shoot 80-percent from the foul line?

Why should DeAndre Jordan have his biggest flaw eliminated when so many other players work hard to be able to shoot 80-percent from the foul line?

The NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he may try and change the rule on the Hack-a-Player rule sometime this offseason. Over the past few years many teams have made it a purpose to intentionally foul the opposing team’s worst free throw shooter. It has been used mostly against three teams and three players: DeAndre Jordan with the Clippers, Andre Drummond with the Pistons and Dwight Howard with the Rockets.

Many spectators have contemplated about changing this rule because it slows down the speed of the game and the fans of today’s game want the sport to be more up-tempo, but there should be nothing done to change a great strategy that teams used to get the ball back and change momentum.

The main reason that the hack a rule should remain in the league because it allows teams to have a chance to slow momentum down for their opponent. If the Clippers are running up and down the court and having lob-mania to Blake Griffin or Jordan, it is an effective way to slow then down and take advantage of their biggest weakness. Chances are with a shooter like Jordan at the line, he is likely to miss at least one, maybe even both shots and that would kill the Clippers momentum and probably get the ball back in the other team’s possession with a defensive rebound.

Fans may not like to spent a ton of time watching a slowed down game filled with bad free throw shooting, but free throws are a pivotal part of the game, especially at the professional level. Maybe teams and players should be focusing more on how to become better at shooting them than focusing on a way of how to get them out of the game.

Besides, rules should not be made for a minority. Jordan, Howard and Drummond are really the only three players constantly being sent to the line. If this were something happening around the league entirely, then maybe something should be done. But if it is only affecting at most three games per night, why change the rules of the game? Let the opposing team penalize them for having such a bad free throw shooter on the floor. Why should their disadvantage be taken away when so many other players work hard to be able to make 80-percent of their free throws?

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Damon Sloan

Staff Writer
Damon Has been an athlete his entire life. He started playing basketball when he was three-years-old and played competitively all the way through his high school years. He had a chance to pursue a collegiate basketball career but chose to focus on getting his education. Damon knew he wanted to be around sports and he was always interested in knowing statistics about players and could separate the good players from the bad. Growing up his mother called him the "stat king" because he could tell you any statistic about any player. Damon wants to be versatile in writing not just for basketball, but for football, boxing, and mixed martial arts. One thing that may separate Damon from other journalists is that he isn't just knowledgeable about basketball, but he played at a high level for years and still continues to play today, which helps him mold his knowledge of the game.

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