Finally the wait is over. Fans have been waiting for this to come to an end. The NBA has adopted an anti-flopping policy.
“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.” –NBA News Release
“Flops have no place in our game, They either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call.” -Stu Jackson, N.B.A.’s executive vice president for basketball operations.
Fans shouldn’t get too excited just yet. The players will not be punished during the game with fouls. Instead they will be punished after the league looks at the play to determine if it was in fact a flop by reviewing the tape. A player will be given a warning on his first offense. If the player continues to flop he will be fined $5,000 for a second violation, $10,000 for a third violation, $15,000 for a fourth violation and $30,000 for a fifth violation during the regular season.
If you go over that limit the fines will become increased but you can also become suspended. The count will start over during the playoffs just like it does for technical and flagrant fouls. The league will announce its postseason flopping penalties at a later date.
The league also stated that legitimate basketball plays – such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul – as well as minor reactions to contact, will not be punished as flops.
Yes, I know, it’s confusing. But it’s also the right thing to do. We will not have to watch guys like Luis Scola, Chris Paul and others flop around like they got hit by a monster truck. Flopping was literally ruining the game and making the athletes look soft as a whole. It was used for bailing out bad defense and rewarding guys for not playing hard. Players need to go back to playing tough. Go up strong, take hits and don’t look for the easy way out. I’m just glad I don’t have to see Kyle Lowry, Scola and Kevin Martin flop on a daily basis anymore.