Bad Free-Throw Shooter Complex: Hack The Shaq

You know with playoffs season going on, teams are getting tactful. And it can seem silly at times but the “hack-a-shaq” method is a real thing. It’s when a player intentionally fouls another player that is a not-so-great free-throw shooter. Then the horrible free-throw shooter is forced to the line and almost expected to miss. 

It’s attacking a player’s weakness at a very slow place. The game then becomes dull and can put a humiliating scope on just the one player.

Hey everyone this guy can’t shoot a free throw! So let’s watch him miss a bunch now!

The team that fouls of course has a good chance to gain possession of the ball. Yes, it’s tactful, but also degrading to the game. A win is a win, I guess.

I understand that intentionally fouling a player has its perks when time is winding down. Although, these guys are fouling players in the first half. We came to see two teams compete. Singling out one player and leaving out the rest of the team is a little low. 

It’s a free-throw though, so why are players so bad at it? It’s a “free shot,” no one is gaurding you. The rim is steps away from you. Free throws are not so free because you have to earn them. They say the best things in life are free, and I agree, yet the best things also require work. Work and free can mean the same thing.

There is talks of the NBA creating a rule that will prevent teams from hacking on a player only because he is known to miss a free-throw from time to time.

There is a huge delay in the game and the focus of a person’s basketball imperfections are on every TV screen. There are many fundamentals of the game that a player can master. Free throw shooting is one of those tasks. Every player knows their responsibilities for the event. Going to the line, to shoot two is a possible outcome, so please practice the shot.

You know maybe it’s more than the shot. It seems to be more about the pressure of what’s expected. Almost setting up a player to fail and putting sportsmanship in a grey area. 

Where do you draw the line?


Author: storiesfrommystomach

I am from a Village called South Komelik on the Tohono O'odham Nation. I enjoy poetry and philosophy. Hope you enjoy the blog! :)

2 thoughts on “Bad Free-Throw Shooter Complex: Hack The Shaq”

  1. I think that using tactic to win whether they expose someones weakness is great! If a team or individual wants to win and they have a goal, they will meet that goal by any means. It shouldn’t matter what someone thinks because they may not be part of that same goal. Nah mean? If someone can’t shoot a freethrow because they don’t practice it’s no ones fault but their own. If you notice when I play basketball and I know an advantage to win, I’ll try to win in that manner. I played someone one time, and, I knew they had a bad knee, so when we started the game I said “Hey man, which knee was it that you can’t lean on?” In a way I got in their head that I will attack that side he can’t move 100% on. But of course I didn’t because it was all in fun. Winnning is winning.

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