Floppers face fines in coming NBA season.

This is not exactly a Celtics-related topic, seeing as we only have one player who consistently gets to the free throw line by getting fouled (no prizes as usual, you know who). Nonetheless, it is a very good sign to be able to see the league take a slightly tougher stance on these bullshit fouls.

Here’s some reference material for flopping, starring our favourite King:

Press release details on NBA’s new anti-flopping rule from Jessica Camerato on Sulia:

NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Stu Jackson:
“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. 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.”

Definition of “flopping” – Any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.

Factors of flopping – 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.

Not a flop – Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.

Matt Moore from CBS Sports makes a few good observations, one of which is that the definitions are broadly written, allowing the definition of a flop to be interpreted.

Paul Flannery offers his thoughts on the new legislation as well. I agree with him, it’s not going to stop flopping altogether.

Regular season flopping penalties
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
6+ Violations: Subject to discipline reasonable under the circumstances, including increased fine and/or suspension.

If a player violates the anti-flopping rule six times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.

The league will announce at a later date a separate set of penalties for flopping that will apply during the playoffs.

If I’m reading this right, it looks to be measures imposed post-game, rather than penalties imposed during the game itself right after the referees do instant video replay.

As a parallel anti-flopping measure, I would think that the referees should be trained to avoid calling those flops.

The threat of suspension should help to throttle the flops somewhat during the season, but I don’t see this making an impact in a pivotal game during the postseason. Sure man, fine me all you want. The ref called my flop, I win the game and get a ring, I still come out on top.

I’m looking forward to the postseason penalties, it had better be pretty harsh if an impact is to be felt. For example, skipping fines and dishing a one game suspension on the Xth flop would be cool.

What do you think?


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