If you’re frustrated with the NBA’s “Hack-A-Shaq” phenomenon, don’t worry…you’re not alone. Fortunately, comedian Hannibal Buress is here to help you find some humor in the madness.
In this skit for Funny or Die, Buress and “Hack-A-Center” (a parody of Rent-A-Center) promise to help struggling teams get back into games by intentionally fouling NBA big men who can’t shoot the dang free throw. While this strategy can sometimes be effective, Hack-A-Center recognizes that it is almost universally loathed by fans who enjoy good, fair basketball. Even so, it’s worth noting that some players don’t seem to mind it.
The Hack-A-Center skit specifically focuses on Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons, who often fall victim to the annoying strategy thanks to Drummond’s poor shooting at the foul line. The 22-year-old Drummond is only converting around 35 percent from the stripe this season, so it certainly makes sense that opposing teams would try to send him there as much as possible rather than deal with him fairly in the paint, even if it means doing this:
While Buress and Hack-A-Center might provide a somewhat effective strategy for NBA teams (especially Detroit), they may not be in business for long. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has already stated that he anticipates “some sort of change” to the league’s intentional foul rules to help combat the practice.
(Via Funny or Die)