Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The Los Angeles Lakers have filed a complaint with the league in reference to hard fouls on Dwight Howard. The Lakers’ center shoots an abysmal 49% from the charity stripe, thus compelling teams to compete with Howard’s strength and superior athleticism by simply fouling him and dealing with what point he manages to take away at the line. This is the same old song and dance that the Lakers dealt with when Shaquille O’Neal was in LA. Hack-A-Shaq became the cool thing to do because of Shaq’s power and particularly poor free throw shooting percentage. Via T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times: “There’s a protocol to airing opinions or complaints with the NBA. And we’ve done that.” said Mitch Kupchak. ”The game has evolved and like a lot of other sports where attention is now being given to protect players, the NBA is interested in doing so as well. I don’t know if they will review our concerns, but [hard fouls] have resulted in injury to one of our players.” We’ve seen player safety become a huge topic for discussion among pro sports circles over the past couple of seasons, and given the fact that Howard just underwent back surgery and is now battling a torn labrum, this complaint filed by the Lakers was only a matter of time. Dwight has battled and complained about the hard fouls for years now, and the whole thing looks to be coming to a head because of his recent struggles with injury. The Lakers can’t have an injured product becoming more battered and bruised, but the NBA is a contact sport, and playing in the paint isn’t for the faint of heart. Blake Griffin voiced similar concerns last season.   The post Lakers file complaint with NBA over hard fouls on Dwight Howard appeared first on Pass The Pill.

6 Comments:
  • just make some free throws and this problem won't exsist. quit your bitchin' and go practice.
  • quit your F-ing whining Lakers
  • If you were a smart fan you would realize that it's a very dumb rule..... The whole Hack a Shaq or Hack a Dwight destroys the flow of the game. I think it's a cheesy move from the other coach to foul constantly instead of playing hard nosed D...
  • "... but the NBA is a contact sport..." Really. Look up the rules. It's not supposed to be a contact sport; in fact, contact of any type is supposed to be a foul. But, then again, so is traveling and carrying over. It sure is easier to be a human highlight reel on offense or a physically dominant defender when you don't have to worry about pesky little things like rules! None of it gets called anymore, which is one of the reasons I no longer watch the NBA.
  • Simple, Follow the rules of Basketball not Brawlball! If you are going to do anything I guess you could change the hard foul rule. The player, like Howard is fouled hard under the basket then he gets the two points, he gets an and one, and the team that fouls hard doesn't get the ball. After the free throws the team fouled hard gets the ball back! Watch the hard fouls go away! Makes too much sense so it will never happen! Simple, call a foul a foul like you are supposed to or make it so expensive to foul hard that nobody will want to do it!
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