MANKATO, Minn. The NBA announced Wednesday its new guidelines on flopping, i.e. when a defensive player falls down intentionally in order to draw a charging foul when none is warranted.
The new rules mandate that a player will receive a warning on his first flop, a 5,000 fine on his second, a 10,000 fine on his third, 15,000 on his fourth and 30,000 on his fifth each season. Six flopping violations could lead to a suspension as well as a fine, and the league said that it will address the penalty for flopping in the playoffs at a later date.
The stance is noteworthy because flopping has been a part of the game for years, and instead of addressing it with in-game punishments like personal or technical fouls, the league is taking discipline off the court and into players' pockets.
The official fines went public during the Timberwolves' three-hour practice in Mankato on Wednesday, so the media were the bearers of bad news in terms of the fines and the details. Opinions on the develo...