Mark Cuban says he voted against new Hack-a-Shaq rules: ‘Rewarding incompetence is never a good business strategy’

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The NBA enacted slightly more punitive rules against teams that employ Hack-a-Shaq.

Surprise, surprise: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the league office don’t see eye-to-eye.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

That’s one way to frame it.

Another: The NBA is no longer rewarding the incompetence of teams that defend so poorly, intentionally fouling is their optimal strategy.

Hacking is the only “skill” I can execute on an NBA level, which suggests it’s not much of a skill at all. I’d rather watch Andrew Bogut defend an Andre Drummond pick-and-roll rather than Bogut intentionally fouling Drummond. The ensuing free throws, admittedly, can be entertaining — but not enough to outweigh the cost of a longer and choppier game.

And that’s what this is really about. Presenting consumers with a product they desire is always a good business strategy. If they draw more fans and keep existing fans more engaged, the new rules will pay off.

One more way to frame it: Maybe Cuban holds a grudge.