Originally posted on Purple and Gold Blog  |  Last updated 10/4/12


If NBA commissioner David Stern needed something done for "basketball reasons", the newly instated anti-flopping rule is it.

Last Tuesday, the NBA released a statement regarding the details of the anti-flopping rule that will be implemented starting the upcoming season. It states that any player determined by the NBA to have committed flopping during the regular season will face the following repercussions:

Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine

However, the new rule won't require the officials to make the call during games, instead the league office will conduct the review after the game and hand out whatever decision they deem necessary.

The league defines "flopping" as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player".

By that definition, the league office is about to watch a whole lot more game films since they're already reviewing technical fouls called on players.

Eventhough I'm one of those who have waited a long time for Stern and the league to implement something that deals with flopping in the NBA, I don't think this rule is tough enough to eliminate it at all. Looking at the stated punishments for violators, the rule looks to be nothing more than another opportunity for the league to raise funds for itself rather than protect the integrity of the game.

Then again, that's assuming that's what the new rule is for.

If the NBA truly intended for this move to rid of flopping, it should have, say no more than 3 levels of penalties with an automatic 1-game suspension as part of it.

The NBPA isn't too thrilled with anti-flopping rule and is planning on taking legal actions with the Department of Labor since Stern and the league office failed to have even discussed their plans to the players' union before putting the rule into effect.

Can't really say I blame them. Imposing new rules was never this brisk for the league office before. But for several years now, Stern has had a total hand over whatever committee that exist now that used to, at the very least, determine whether or not a proposed rule is beneficial to the NBA.

You can even argue that this anti-flopping rule is another way to direct the incompetence of his office towards the players.

How do officials on the floor constantly get rused into calling a foul when an act of flopping is so blatant that even spectators from several rows away from the floor can tell it's a flop?

Yes, there are some officials who don't reward players for flopping. But in general, NBA referees, for some reason, often feel obligated to call a foul when it's clear, even with a naked eye, that a player emphatically exaggerated on contact.

And don't give me that, "well it's often hard to tell between a legit foul and a flop". If some officials can tell when a player flopped, why not all of them? If that's the case, does that mean that only a handful of referees are really qualified to be an NBA-level official? And if so, does that mean the league office isn't concerned about the quality of officials it puts on each of the 30 NBA floors to call the games?

On the flip side, the players' union may have a beef over this new rule, but it isn't entirely unwarranted.

The NBA is supposed to be the definitive level of basketball. The game has evolved to what it is now because of the NBA's heavy influence. And because of that, the NBA, much like a role model, has an adopted responsibility to make sure the game itself is played the way it's supposed to be played.

Unless you're a casual spectator, who can continue to enjoy the game watching players flop instead of playing defense or using every bit of his dribbling skills to find a way to get around a solid defender to score?

Whether or not you think that flopping has gotten out of hand or not, it's become a serious enough issue.

Otherwise, Stern wouldn't have salivated at the opportunity to take actions for whatever reason it may be.  



Has flopping in the NBA got out of hand? Judge for yourself (video by DN83 Productions):

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