San Antonio's first play of the 2008-09 season was designed and executed perfectly. Spurs' center Tim Duncan didn't bother jumping for the opening tap, conceding it to Phoenix's Shaquille O'Neal. Five seconds later, Michael Finley wrapped his arms around O'Neal for an intentional foul.
O'Neal was livid. That is, until he saw Spurs coach Gregg Popovich breaking into hysterics and giving him two thumbs up.
Yes, Hack-a-Shaq used to be a laughing matter. It isn't anymore.
The increasing strategy of fouling bad foul shooters on purpose to send them to the line and slow their team's offense to a crawl has raised the ire of everyone from booing fans to NBA Commissioner Adam...