Adam Silver doesn’t think the NBA will change its rules “any time soon” because of Stephen Curry, but he wants to deter "Hack-A-Shaq."
Stephen Curry is changing the game of basketball, but the Golden State Warriors' dominance over the last two seasons is not about to change the NBA's rule book.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he does not think the league will change its rules "any time soon" because of anything the competition's unanimous MVP is doing.
"Not anytime soon, and largely because when we've changed the rules in the past — and much of that happened before my time in the game — it was because there was a view that a particular player because of his skill had, frankly, an unfair advantage over other players. It made the game either less enjoyable, less competitive, less aesthetically pleasing," Silver said.
"I think in this case, as I said, this is the best basketball many of us have experienced in our lifetimes. I think that in some ways Steph's 3-point shooting becomes an equalizer."
Curry won his second straight MVP award this season, while helping lead the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 regular-season wins.
While Silver does not anticipate any rules changes due to Curry, he is pushing for one to end the dreaded "Hack-A-Shaq" strategy of intentionally fouling players who are poor free-throw shooters.
"Not only is that something that is bad for our network partners, but for all of the fan research we have shown that the fans hate it," Silver said. "There may be a compromise in there where we can cut it down significantly."
As for the Warriors, who are seeking consecutive NBA titles, it does not look like they will have anything to worry about.
"In fairness to Steph and to Klay [Thompson] to a certain degree, it's not clear whether they may be aberrational," Silver said.
"We may be looking back in 10 years from now and saying no one else can do what they can do. My hunch is that won't be the case. That may be what Steph is demonstrating; he's just so good that no one else can touch him."