Great post! I agree with the idea that there are lots of intangibles that simple percentage statistics don't capture. A few years back, I went to see the Sonics play the Rockets. Yao Ming was having a very ho-hum game; playing just hard enough so it didn't seem like he was dogging it. The Sonics went to the hack strategy early (why they did that, I will never know since Yao is a great FT shooter for a big man), which really seemed to motivate Ming. After the third or fourth foul he started calling for the ball on nearly every possession, and took over the game. The other point you make about being dull to watch is a great one. Not just on the defensive end, but on the offensive end too. No matter how great Dwaeiyne Wade may be, I just hated his game when he intentionally drew fouls and would go to the line 20 times a game. Dull, man, dull. I think that there are definitely times when fouling a dominant player to keep them from scoring is a great strategy that might work. I hate it when coaches fear that strategy so much that they refuse to play a dominant player just in case they might lose to the hack-a-whoever strategy.