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Stern Says He Would Like to Eliminate 'Hack-a-Howard' (or Anyone)

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Stern Says He Would Like to Eliminate 'Hack-a-Howard' (or Anyone)
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When the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets went to the “hack-a-Howard” strategy — fouling the Lakers Dwight Howard wherever he was on the court, even when he didn’t have the ball, to make him shoot free throws — it worked because it threw the Lakers off. In those two games Howard hit 50 percent of his free throws during the strategy (which still isn’t great), but the greater impact was it threw the Lakers out of rhythm on both ends of the court.

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