Mike D'Antoni Conveniently Changes Mind on Hack-a-Dwight Strategy

Joe Flynn@@ChinaJoeFlynnContributor INovember 8, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 3: Mike D'Antoni, Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 3, 2013 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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What a difference a year—and a change of uniform—makes for Mike D'Antoni's opinion of the hack-a-Dwight strategy.

Last year, D'Antoni coached the center in Los Angeles and suffered through his well-documented problems at the charity stripe. And—surprise, surprise—D'Antoni was not a fan of opponents fouling Dwight in close-and-late situations.

This year, however, Dwight is wearing the uniform of the Houston Rockets. And it is D'Antoni's job to beat the Rockets by any means necessary. So guess who is the most recent convert to everyone's favorite Dwight-neutralizing late-game strategy?

D'Antoni even found time to crack a joke at Howard's well-known problems hitting free throws late in games.

Hey Mike, if you want to laugh some more at Dwight, take a look at this video of him running away from defenders looking to foul him. It's a laugh riot! (h/t SI's Point Forward blog)