A powerful, and powerless, ally
The Lakers would love for teams to stop intentionally fouling Dwight Howard.
So would David Stern.
The NBA commissioner told Fox Sports New Orleans on Wednesday that he previously tried to get the hack-a-whomever strategy banned for more than the last two minutes of games, when teams are awarded two free throws and the ball on deliberate fouls.
"I would have liked to have seen the rule changed to make the last two-minute rule the whole rule," Stern told the station. "It was getting to a point last year where, in the first period, they were just grabbing players. I think that's ludicrous.
"We tried to change it to any time in the game because last year I guess it was everyone was fouling Tiago Splitter early on and the rules committee didn't want to do it. And so that's just the way it is. Because the reality is that there are a lot of basketball purists and I understand that point of view who say, 'Hey, why don't you learn to shoot foul shots? ...