ESPN The NBA is about to act in hopes of stopping the floppers. Spokesman Tim Frank said Thursday the league is finalizing procedures to deal with flopping, the art of falling down when little or no contact was made in an effort to trick referees into calling a foul. If you continue to do this, you may you have to suffer some consequences. What those exactly should be and what the progression is, is to be decided, because … we just want to put a stake in the ground that says this is not something that we want to be part of our game. Frank said the competition committee met two weeks ago and discussed plans that would go in place this season. Commissioner David Stern believes too many players are deceiving referees by flopping and has been seeking a way to properly penalize them. The procedures likely will involve a postgame review of the play by the league office, rather than an official calling an infraction during the game, Frank said. Players likely would be fined if the league determined they flopped. The proposed plan mirrors a “postgame analysis” option Stern discussed after the competition committee met in June. The league already retroactively reviews flagrant fouls to determine if they need to be upgraded or downgraded.
Finally! This is possibly the best news I have ever heard!
I love the NBA, but two of my favorite players of all time were the Knicks Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason, I long for the days of the Pistons Bill Laimbeer and on-court enforcers like Dennis Rodman and Antonio and Dale Davis, Rick Mahorn.
Then the Europeans came over and turned basketball into soccer, flopping and feigning injury at any hint of contact, hoping to draw an offensive foul. Who started this? Was it Vlade Divac trying to guard an in shape Shaq?
The NBA has decided this is okay and looked the other way for far too long and the flopping aspect of basketball has turned off many fans. It’s time to put an end to the flop artist forever.
These players deserve to be punished, and I hope they get suspended for ten games for each flop. Or executed by firing squad, if David Stern gives a thumbs down from his throne. That’s how much I hate flopping.
Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol may as well retire now, they will be donating most of their salaries to the “Anti-Flopping Fund” from here on out.