Adam Silver expects the NBA to have "full-throated conversations" in the offseason about implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.
Silver acknowledged that changing rules is difficult, but that the league must consider whether the Hack-a-Shaq detracts from the game's entertainment value.
"It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN. "My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game's very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That's changed my view a little bit.
"Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it's not great entertainment for our fans, and that's important as well. What I've said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I'm sure it's going to be a hot topic of discussion. Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we're going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward."
The San Antonio Spurs used the strategy against DeAndre Jordan in Game 2.
"But at the end of the day, it's about the game," Silver said. "I used to run something called NBA Entertainment, but I always remind myself in my job now as commissioner and managing the league office, it's the game above all. So I think we have to [determine] what makes the most sense for the game.
"That's why I'm sensitive about guys being able to make their free throws, and I also find that sometimes it's a fascinating strategy. We're very conservative when it comes to changing the rules of the game. That's why changing the rules of the game requires more than the majority of the owners; it requires a super majority. So we've got to be very careful, but it is something that we're looking at closely."