Looks like the NBA wants to crack down on the fine art of flopping. To me, this isn’t that big of an issue, but the NBA Front Office must feel that way as they put together this plan for stopping the flopping. Here’s the highlights from the NBA’s press release about this idea to curb down a person flailing on their own.
“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact. Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.
Any player who is determined to have committed a flop during the regular season will be subject to the following:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
If a player violates the anti-flopping rule six times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.”
The biggest thing here to me is that this is a league review, and not an in game situation call. Therefore, the guy who commits this flop will get a slap on the wrist after the fact that he’s flopped. With the money some of these guys make, how much is $5,000 to them? And who wants to be that guy that sits around to review video tape to see if there’s a flop?
It just feels like something that yes interferes with the game, but is it going to go away completely because of this? That I don’t know what the answer is. Maybe the league should have taken action long before this in order to bring this down. But this is the way that some guys play, and who knows if they’ll change their actions because of some fines.
What do you think of this new flopping policy?