The NBA officially adopted an anti-flopping policy Wednesday, announcing a new rule that will fine repeat offenders this season.
Any player who flops during a regular-season game will be subject to a series of penalties, beginning with a warning for first-time violators. After the warning, players will be fined in increments of $5,000 for each additional flop over the course of the season. The fines increase to $30,000 for a fifth offense.
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The NBA stated it would consider suspending any player who violates the anti-flopping rule more than five times in the regular season. The league said it will announce at a later date a separate set of penalties for flopping during the postseason.
"Flops have no place in our game," Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a written statement. "They either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call.
"Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should -- after a warning -- be given an automatic penalty."
The league defined flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player" in an official release.
Commissioner David Stern has long sought to end flopping, believing it tricks the referees. But the league determined it would be too difficult for refs to make the call on the floor, preferring instead to leave it to league office reviews. Jackson's department already reviews flagrant foul penalties to determine if they should be upgraded or downgraded.
"I'm all on board for it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I think it needs to be addressed. I think the steps they're taking right now, I think will benefit the game. I do. It remains to be seen if it truly has an impact. But I think it's a step in the right direction.
"It's not good for the game; nobody likes the flop. A majority of coaches don't like the flop, particularly if you're trying to build a solid defense."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
I think there needs to be some kind of in-game penalty as well, not just a fine.
In-game penalties would be ideal but thats a lot to put on the refs. The officials a lot of times are fooled by flopping and wouldn't catch every flop, and you obviously don't want to go to instant replay for every questionable call and sirupt games. Overall I like it, the NBA can go over each game play by play and catch floppers, but similar to the NFL trying to stop helmet-first tackles, guys wont learn just from 5 or 10k dollar fines but from suspenisions as well.
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I think technical foul should be and two.shots from yhe free throw plus the fines would do.it
Luis Scolas still gonna flop because Luis Scola dont give a &$#%#&@!.
What is not fair about this rule is that it gives too much power to the superstars .It makes the rich even richer. It should be equal for the Offensive player as well as the Defender. However they will not enforce these rules on guys like Paul Pierce , Dwade, Durant who are huge offensive floppers.
They never said that they were just going to penalize defensive flopping. If the player acts and embellishes contact to get a call, that's a flop on either side of the ball.
At the very least, players will revolt if their coaches try to get them to flop now, bringing in penalties will make it a lot harder for the coaching staff to justify. Of course, the serial floppers will keep doing it regardless, but we might find the next generation will be flopping free.
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Kobe calls Flopping a Chump Move.....
The NBA Rules states that after a player gets a 5th fine for flopping...He could receive a larger fine or face suspension..
I think think the fines are enough. I hate flopping, some players look like they're getting hit by a sniper out there and its ridiculous sometimes, embarasses me as a fan. Maybe just a simple non-shooting foul as well? It wouldn't stop flopping alltogether, but it would probably make floppers think twice before doing it in crunch (when they have 4 or 5 fouls) time when it really counts.