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NBA’s new rules shows it cares more about the money than the game
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The NBA released a statement on Tuesday outlining new rules for this season. Among them was the new Hack-a-Shaq rules that mostly pertain to guys like Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond.

It used to be that teams were really only penalized for their hacking in the last two minutes of each half. The team shooting the free throw would retain possession if an away-from-the-ball foul took place in that time. Now that time has been extended to the last two minutes of each quarter.

Here are the rules in their entirety:

The only new rule that really makes sense is the one about jumping on people’s backs. That definitely has needed to be an automatic flagrant for a long time. But to give extra reprieve to terrible free throw shooters is absolutely inexcusable. These are grown men who get paid to make baskets and that includes free throws.

These guys are getting paid millions of dollars because the league is exciting and high-scoring, I understand that. And I understand it becomes a slog when these guys have to shoot these free throws. However, instead of investing in the rules to help them the league should perhaps invest in more shooting coaches for these giants to become respectable at the charity stripe.

Ben Bornstein was born in San Antonio, TX. That would explain his love for the Spurs and good basketball. He was raised in Orlando, Florida for most of his life though, so he has special feelings for the Magic too. He is an avid NBA, NCAA, and NFL fan who ...Read more
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