Hack-A-Shaq has gone by a lot of different names ever since it was introduced back in the early 1990s by Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson to, oddly enough, stop Dennis Rodman, not Shaquille O'Neal.
But as the strategy got more accepted, most of the fouls went towards O'Neal and thus the actual birth of Hack-A-Shaq, most famously in the 2002 NBA Finals by the New Jersey Nets (Consider yourself knowledged).
Since the days of Shaq, plenty of NBA players have fallen victim to this dastardly ploy.
Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordon and yes, even Houston Rockets young big man Clint Capela, have all suffered through free throw after free throw clanking off the rim and with every missed foul shot, it gives more credence to using the strategy.
The best and only way to defeat the Hack-A-[insert-name-here] is to hit your free throws.
Saturday night, with the Rockets up big against the Memphis Grizzlies, coach David Fizdale decided to unleash Hack-A-Capela. Instead of missing free throw after free throw like Capela has done so many times before, he went seven of eight from the line during that stretch.
Mike D'Antoni would end up pulling the big man for Ryan Anderson, but Capela had made his point, he wasn't going to let Hack-A-Capela defeat him anymore.
"He took his time up there and knocked them down," James Harden said of the Swiss Roll at the line. "I guess teams are going to start doing that, especially when we got it rolling like that."
With fewer than 20 games left in the regular season and the upcoming playoffs on the horizon. The strategy could start getting used more and more often, but with Capela becoming a much better free throw shooter, it might not be as attractive an option as years past.
Before Capela went down with broken fibula in December, he was shooting 44 percent from the line. Since his return, he’s at 64 percent and since the all-star break he's an 81 percent free throw shooter.
"I hope now they know I can make free-throws," Capela said when asked if opposing coaches will think twice about Hack-A-Capela. "I'm working on it every day since I've got to the NBA, now I'm seeing the results, so I'm just going to try and be consistent with what I'm doing."
Capela is always shooting free-throws, be it before and after practice or during shootaround, or even while he was waiting to resume basketball activities this winter.
While he's shot thousands of free throws in practice over the past couple of seasons, it's now might be finally translating to the court. He's found a rhythm at the line and he's found confidence in his shot.
It might take a few more games of Hack-A-Capela for the Swiss Roll to prove he's not a weak foul shooter anymore, but if he can keep it up, we might never see this used against the Rockets again.