New Orlean's head coach Alvin Gentry just made the obvious.. 'more obvious'. And we agree. Well, we are talking about the change in the 'hack-a-player' ruling this coming 2016-17 NBA season.

As Gentry was quoted..

"Me personally, I don't know why you would change the rule on the Hack-a-Shaq," the New Orleans Pelicans coach said. "If you've got a guy out there who can't shoot free throws, then the [opponent] is taking strategic advantage of what they have to offer. That's like saying, 'OK, LeBron can only post up six times a game. Or 10 times a game.' I don't think you can limit what coaches strategically can do.

"They can talk about the cosmetic part of it, but when you're in a game to win, you do whatever's necessary to win that game within the rules. To go and change the rules? Then we should have a rule that says, 'If you have two All-Stars, then KD [Kevin Durant] can't join your team.' "

Now as commissioner Adam Silver suggested, the change was to serve both the tactical and entertainment sides of the game -- pointing that fans, whether in the arena or those viewing at home, including broadcast partners were frustrated by such delays in the game.

THE RULE CHANGE. The ruling will now cover the last two minutes of all four quarters, which is -- a player who is fouled 'away from the ball' will be awarded one free throw and his team, ball possession.

Is this really what the fans want?

Haha! Perhaps mostly just the fans of the affected team, you know.. The team with that 'poor' free throw shooter that is. 'Cause for those who really understands the game, why would you reward players who even needs to improve on an 'important' facet of the game??

Strategic fouling may be tedious but this rule change would only tarnish the game's result.

For one, could there really be game-fixing within the league? See, changes on 'hack-a-player' rules clearly favors one team -- unless you intend to injure the player, only then that that should be a 'no-no'. Yet even if both teams had poor free throw shooters but are important to their teams -- how many times would Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan meet anyway? And what are the chances of them meeting in the Finals, anyway? So?? When they go up against other teams, t'is clearly just 'favoring' their team.

As for the NBA's broadcast partners, definitely they'd go with what the fans want. That's a given. TV ratings. Advertisements. Everything. They're all about the fans. To make money, they just got to turn a 'blind' eye.

Okay. If the NBA really wants something for the fans, then that thought on not allowing a 'current' All-Star join two other 'current' All-Stars in one team should be imposed. This would make the league more balanced; as the current state tells us, the East is just too weak compared to the West. Therefore, watching most Eastern teams (and a few Western teams) is a drag to viewers unless you are a fan of just a particular player. Makes sense?

Say what you?

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