Mike D'Antoni is right.
One of the reasons he is so against the Hack-a-Howard strategy is his concerns for the fans.
Whether you believe his stance is genuine or not, it's nearly impossible not to concur.
As D'Antoni stated, fans don't pay a premium on ticket prices to come to games and watch Dwight Howard, or anyone else, shoot free throws (via Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com):
After the game, D'Antoni said Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn's tactic created an inferior product for the paying customers in the seats.
"I hate it for the fans," D'Antoni said."They can come to practice for free and watch them shoot 40-50 foul shots. They don't even have to pay for tickets. I'll invite them all."
Aside from taking D'Antoni up on his offer, you should understand that when you're paying hundreds of dollars to see the Lakers play, $10-plus for two hot dogs and probably the same (if not more) for one cocktail, you don't want to see the game slow down like that.
If teams want to run half-court sets and deprive fans of the thrill that comes with dunks in transition, then fine. But don't take away the pleasure of watching, you know, actual basketball.
Honestly, how is the crowd going to feel at a playoff game (should the Lakers make it) if they pay all this money to watch Dwight shoot free throws at an embarrassing clip? Save for a few air-ball tales, no epic recounts of basketball games begin with: So I was watching Dwight Howard shoot this free throw...
Coaches and players alike are primarily concerned with winning, but being cognizant of what the fans came to see is arguably just as important.
Stopping play and tainting the pace of any given contest by putting Howard at the free-throw line excessively isn't fair to the fans. If Blake Griffin suddenly decided to stop dunking in games for fear of his shoes being untied, that wouldn't be fair either.
Just like this.