Word on the Street

Hack-a-shaq (hak-a-shak) verb. A tactic used to intentionally foul Shaquille O’Neal (or another player with a poor free throw shooting percentage, such as Ben Wallace) before the last 2 minutes of a basketball game. This strategy slows down the pace of the game. This tactic is useless with less than 2 minutes, because the team that was fouled can then choose which player goes to the free throw line.

Usage example: Why does every coach use the hack-a-shaq against the Heat? Because Shaq can’t shoot worth-a-shit!

Word history: Coined and used by coach Don Nelson in the ’90s and first used on Dennis Rodman. Then later credit’d as hack-a-shaq when Phil Jackson told everybody in his book: “Shaq is terrified when going to the foul line, he doesn’t want to let his team down.” Nice going Phil-boy, you made the Big Dork’s life on the court a living hell.

Hack-a-shaq, the rated “R” version.

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Labels: Shaquille O’Neal (The Big Dork, Shaq) / Dennis Rodman / Ben Wallace / Phil Jackson (Phil-Boy) / Don Nelson / Miami Heat / Word on the Street

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