Commissioner David Stern said the NBA's flopping penalties aren't strong enough to stop the act, though he doesn't know if the league will strengthen them.
The league implemented a system this season to crack down on flopping, the act of exaggerating contact to fool referees into calling a foul. Players were fined $5,000 for a second offense during the regular season, and were hit with the $5,000 penalty for a first instance in the playoffs.
''It isn't enough,'' Stern said Thursday during his last NBA Finals press conference. ''You're not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player's salary is $5.5 million. And anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason.''
There were several instances of flops during the Eastern Conference finals between Miami and Indiana, with the league fining the Heat's LeBron James, and the Pacers' David West and Lance Stephenson following Game 4 of the series.
James had previously said that...