The Little League World Series has produced multiple MLB stars including Gary Sheffield and Jason Varitek, but ESPN's Sport Science asked the question: how do current little leaguers compare to MLB players?
First off, this rule is a JOKE and I will explain why later, but this is what has changed:
1. Intentional fouls used to have a penalty of one free throw and possession of the ball in the last two minutes of fourth quarter and overtime. Now, these same stipulations apply to the last two minutes of EVERY quarter.
2. Any foul when the ball is not in play falls under the same category as an intentional foul in the last two minutes.
3. Jumping on a players back, sometimes previously done during free throws, is "preemptively" a flagrant foul.
Here is a more in depth breakdown of the new rule:
This will certainty not get rid of the "Hack-A" strategy, because the act of fouling the player intentionally is still legal in the first 10 minutes of every quarter.
In essence, this does not change much. Silver claims it will reduce 45 percent of the incidents, but I hardly believe this will stop teams from using it. They will just have to implement it earlier.
By changing this rule AT ALL, you are helping out NBA players who are bad free throw shooters. In what other profession do you change the playing field for a HANDFUL of people, because they can not produce at a standard level? These guys are paid to play professional basketball. GET IN THE GYM AND LEARN HOW TO SHOOT FREE THROWS OR DO NOT PLAY AT ALL.
Only THREE NBA players shot under 56 percent from the free throw line last year: DeAndre Jordan (43%), Andre Drummond (36%) and Dwight Howard (49%). All three are also ranked in the top 12 in free throw attempts.
The one part of the new rules I do agree with is the fact that jumping on the back of a player results in a flagrant foul.
I get it though, the NBA Is an entertainment business and hack-a-whoever drives down ratings, because it isn't fun to watch. It just feels insane to change the entire set of rules, because a handful of players are not good enough.