NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke with the media Thursday prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers, and was asked about the progress toward a rule change regarding the Hack-A-Shaq phenomenon of intentionally fouling bad free-throw shooters. Silver said he was "hopeful" there could be some movement soon.
"I think you all know it is my hope that we are not far away from some reform," Silver said. "This is an issue where I'm hoping we can strike some sort of a compromise."
Silver went on to discuss the dynamics of who's getting fouled (primarily three players -- DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond), and how the incidents by the use of Hack-A has risen by 16 incidents from five years ago. Silver clarified where his concern is coming from, after being on the fence a year ago.
"What our analytics tell us is it's not as big an advantage as some might think," Silver said, "but it's an advantage. And it's my job to look out for the greater good of the game."
In response to critics of change who say players should just make their free throws, Silver pointed out that over 15 years, the NBA free throw average hasn't changed, effectively saying there are never going to be significant gains in that area. In the end, Silver has started to see it less as a game-related issue and something that is hurting the entertainment and marketability of the game, and that gives him greater leeway to pursue changes from the competition committee, which is the body that must construct a solution to bring to vote for the Board of Governors.
"My view, it's not an attractive part of this game," Silver said.
It sounds like it won't be a part of the game much longer.