Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  16 responses

David Stern Wants to Eliminate Intentional Fouls; Mark Cuban Disagrees

NBA Commissioner David Stern railed against teams intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters (see: Howard, Dwight), saying it’s “ludicrous”. Mark Cuban thinks it’s an important part of the game, that evens the playing field to a certain degree. Per Fox Sports: “Under the current rules, intentionally fouling a player who doesn’t have the ball in the last two minutes of a game leads to two free throws and that ball out of bounds. Stern wanted that rule applied for all 48 minutes. ‘I would have liked to have seen the rule changed to make the last-two-minute rule the whole rule,’ the commish said. ‘It was getting to a point last year where first period they were just grabbing players. I think that’s ludicrous. We tried to change it to any time in the game because last year, I guess, it was everyone was fouling Tiago Splitter early on, and the committee didn’t want to do it. And so that’s just the way it is. Because the reality is that there are a lot of basketball purists — and I understand that point of view — who say, ‘Hey, why don’t you learn to shoot foul shots? You’re supposed to be a pro.” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t for the rule change for basketball reasons from the professional level on down to little leagues. ‘It sends the wrong message to kids every where that it’s OK to not pay attention to basketball fundamentals,” Cuban said. ‘In addition, intentional fouls humanize the game. There are 10 year olds who are watching these amazing athletes who have problems with free throws thinking that they can do something an NBA superstar can’t.’ [...] ‘You can’t give a player an advantage or reward them for failing to do something that is a basic fundamental basketball skill,’ Cuban added. ‘When a guy can’t shoot a jump shot, whether you are in a church league or the NBA, you do what you can to make them shoot jump shots. If a guy can’t shoot free throws, you should do the same thing. Do what you can to send them to the line.’”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    well said Mark Cuban. Seriously, say what you want about him but he always brings an interesting point of view. He’s got a great ability to see things from multiple perspectives. If you’ve ever watched Shark Tank it’s the same thing. Guess that helped get the billion dollars lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    it does make the game extremely boring. maybe extend the 2 minute period at the end of the game. probably wont change anything though, since they might start hacking in the 3rd quarter

  • spit hot fiyah

    thumbs if it u enjoyed when popvich had the spurs do the hack a shaq right after the jump ball in like the first game of the season just to mess with shaq

  • Comment_System

    David Stern really should stick to the financing part of the NBA, because he doesn’t know sh*t about actually playing the sport.

  • bringbackthesonics

    shaq’s face was hilarious

  • Internationally it isnt allowed either. Only intentional fouls at the end of the game to stop the clock. I think its a good thing

  • roscoe

    Make your free throws. That means you dh12 & bg32.

  • thesage

    He is realizing his Lakers aren’t gonna be able to win regardless of ref calls without this change. Terrible

  • ntbest6

    David Stern is a communist bastard…smh

  • ntbest6

    Trying to give this years title to the Lakers. It’s beyond pathetic

  • Zeke44

    Though I would like to see the rule applied for all 48 minutes, plus any OT minutes, how about a compromise? The current rule concerning the last two minutes of the game could be extended to the last two minutes of each quarter, and extend the rule to include the last FIVE minutes of the game and anytime in the event of OT. At least the flow of the game could be enhanced. The intentional foul away from the ball detracts from the tempo of the game, and only benefits the team that is behind, or they wouldn’t do it.

    It would be just as unfair to only allow the team which is behind to count three-pointers in the last two minutes, solely to allow them to get back into the game. I think any “artificial” deviation from the regular rules which stops the game and the clock, regardless if even I agree that pros should be able to shoot free throw, is not in the best interest of the game. Fans want to see the teams running up and down, playing the game to their best abilities, not stopping the action every 20 – 30 seconds to watch free throws while there are still five, six, or more minutes to go in the game, or worse still, in the first quarter or first half.

  • Zeke44

    It sure is working, isn’t it?

  • Mike Mihalow

    Oh so now the dictator is trying to defend the Spurs by name-dropping Splitter? Pop uses the hack-a-shack more than anyone. Seriously, dude needs to retire already, and quit trying to swing his ego around.

  • LakeShow

    Is that a Jew joke?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    don’t be trying f*ck up the rules stern

  • Elle Diamond

    Will be glad when David Stern is gone.

    Sick of him and his power trips. How dare he!