In the NBA, a strategy teams use against NBA player Shaquille O'Neal when they're losing late in the game by putting him at the free throw line, where he is notoriously known as a poor free throw shooter, in the hopes that he misses one or two so they can get back in the game. Another variation is the "Hack-A-Ben", or using the same strategy as described above for Pistons center Ben Wallace, who is also known as a very poor free throw shooter.
The Pistons tried the Hack-A-Shaq but their comeback attempt failed, and they lost the game by 3.
to intentionally foul Shaquille O'Neil near the basket, sending him to the free throw line where he will probably miss one or more free throws
At this stage in the fourth quarter, New York has enough fouls to give and may begin to employ the Hack-A-Shaq