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Jeff Van Gundy

Hack-a-Shaq not pretty and often not effective, either

Imagine Kobe Bryant, late in his final All-Star Game, going basket for basket with LeBron James, fans in Toronto on their feet as the NBA's best put on a show.

Suddenly, nowhere near the action, a Western Conference player wraps his arms around Detroit's Andre Drummond for an intentional foul.

OK, that's farfetched. Nobody has ever been accused of overthinking defensive strategy in the All-Star Game.

But Hack-a-Shaq critics worry that it is going to be used in an important game with a big crowd watching — and eventually those fans won't want to watch anymore.

"Somebody is going to do this in a nationally televised game. There's going to be two bad...

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