TORONTO — No, we’re not going to see any changes on the NBA’s rules about intentional fouling this season — though perhaps for next year — despite growing impatience with the unsightliness of the increasing game stoppages. And we’re certainly not going to see any changes in the way the postseason is set up for the foreseeable future.

“Change will not be enacted this season,” Silver said of the Hack-a-Shaq situation here at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. “But it’s an issue we have been studying for a long time now. As I said, this past summer, we had a competition committee that met at the end of the season to talk about the so-called Hack-a-Shaq issue and whether we should propose changing any rules. At that time, the determination was that we should continue to monitor it. The competition committee said to the league office, we’d like to see data from an additional season before we’re ready to make a recommendation.”

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There’s no doubt that the issue of intentional fouling is a growing one, and Silver cited statistics that show 5.5 times more intentional fouling this season from last. That’s caused a spike in free-throw attempts from poor foul shooters like DeAndre Jordan (5.7 free throws per 36 minutes to 8.0) and Andre Drummond (5.3 attempts to 8.2) and has led Silver to evolve on the issue. He said he was on the fence about changing the intentional foul rule last year, but conversations with players, general managers, owners and fans have led him to change his mind.

It’s not quite that simple, though. In order to get the rule changed, Silver will have to huddle with the league’s competition committee in April, then present a proposal to the Board of Governors in July. In order to alter the rule, a two-thirds majority (20 teams) would need to support the change.

That leads Silver to his next challenge: Figuring out how, exactly, the rule would change. While some simple fixes have been put forth in the media, nothing has been officially considered by the league or its owners.

“I would say the interesting thing, though, and this is true of the strongest critics of the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, there doesn’t appear to be a consensus on what the new rule should be,” Silver said. “I think it is my job right now to at least formulate an alternative, together with the competition committee, to ultimately bring to our Board of Governors. I should point out that to change a playing rule in the league, it requires two-thirds of the owners to vote in favor of it, so it would require 20 teams voting in favor of it. We’re nowhere near that point where we’re even staring to count heads.”

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While that rule change has some chance to make it through the league’s governing body, the issue of changing the structure of the NBA playoffs appears to be a dead one.  The improvement of some teams in the East have made that less of an issue this year, but even if the West had continued to dominate the league as it’s done in recent seasons, no change was coming.

Asked about eliminating conference alignments when it comes to seeding the playoffs, Silver said, “We had a fairly robust discussion among our owners last year about the potential to reseed all teams straight

through, 1-through-16. I said as much as, from a competitive standpoint, there are reasons you’d like to see 1-through-16. On the other side of the coin is the additional travel it would require. You could potentially have the Golden State Warriors playing Boston in the first round, and ultimately, the decision of the owners was, let’s let it stand as is.”

That’s not going to change, either. “I don’t think there is any active discussion right now about any additional changes in playoff seeding,” Silver said.