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Silver: No Hack-a-Shaq change, yet

TORONTO — Adam Silver said no changes are coming to Hack-a-Shaq this season, though he seems to favor a rule change.

And with no consensus within the NBA about what it would entail, the commissioner is taking it upon himself to come up with something.

"So I think it's my job right now to at least formulate an alternative together with the competition committee to ultimately bring to our board of governors," Silver said Saturday during his annual All-Star news conference.

Silver said the strategy of intentionally fouling poor shooters away from the ball has increased this season, which has caused him to rethink his stance.

"As I said last summer, I was personally on the fence," he said. "I'm beginning to feel that a change needs to be made."

Change would be difficult, because though some coaches say they hate using the strategy, they clearly believe it works. Silver said league data shows it is being used at a 5½ times greater rate than last season.

Mostly used on Shaquille O'Neal when he played, coaches now find Houston's Dwight Howard, Detroit's Andre Drummond and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan to be targets. And though it slows the game and has drawn more criticism this season as techniques such as jumping on a player's back during a free throw or fouling an inbounds passer have increased, nobody seems to have a good solution.

3-POINT CONTEST: Defending champion Klay Thompson of the Warriors defeated teammate Stephen Curry to win. Thompson scored 27 in the final round, making his last eight shots to beat Curry and Phoenix's Devin Booker. Curry scored 23 and Booker finished with 16 in the final round.

SKILLS CHALLENGE: Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns defeated Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas in the final. Towns, who stands nearly 7 feet, won in the first time the competition included frontcourt players. He weaved through an obstacle course, fed a pass through a target and made a layup and a 3-pointer to win it.

NO, SAYS Melo: Carmelo Anthony says he has no plans to leave the Knicks and is angry about a report linking him to trade talks. The New York Daily News reported Friday that the Cavaliers and Celtics had discussed a deal involving Kevin Love and there were "very preliminary discussions" with the Knicks about expanding it to include Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. He said there have been no talks.

RARE AIR: The complete set of Air Jordans — like the gift given to Kobe Bryant by the iconic Jordan Brand as a retirement present — is going to raise an enormous amount of money for charity. At least $100,000, to be precise. Bryant got a gift of all 30 pairs in the Jordan collection to commemorate his final All-Star appearance, and a matching set of the shoes in Bryant's size (14) are being auctioned through eBay for charity. The first bid was $100,000. The auction runs through noon Eastern today.

Silver: No Hack-a-Shaq change, yet 02/13/16 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:35pm]
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