Well, to be honest, I can't stand Shaq. But his game has improved tremendousley over the years. My hatred first started when he was shooting 48% from the free throw line. But he has improved that (Although not by alot) and he has also worked on many other aspects of his game. And his skill combined with his size makes him just about unstoppable.
So, if you can't stop him, the next best thing is to foul him when he gets the ball, hence the "hack-a-Shaq" philosophy.
Now I know if I was getting fouled everytime I got the ball, it wouldn't take me too long to get frustrated. And he just does not get fouled lighty, players foul him hard. And Shaq has had to face this night in and night out for over two seasons now.
I'm suprised this type of an outburst hasn't happened sooner!! I think Shaq has had alot of patience with this type of thing. But, his actions were still wrong, and he deserves at least a suspension of a few games because the punches that threw could did some serious damage if they connected.
But I think that something needs to be done about this, although I really don't know what you can do. Until shaq starts hitting 90% of his free throws, it is still a better move to put him on the free throw line, because there just isn't anyone who can stop a man with that size and agility.
Which is why I hate him so much, because he is just so unstoppable, it's not even fun watching him play. Actually, the NBA in general isn't fun to watch anymore, but that's just my opinion. I miss the Run and Gun days of the 80's and early 90's.