Making Sense of the NBA’s New Flopping Rules

September 28th, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
Will flopping finally be a thing of the past in the NBA?

Perhaps, if commissioner David Stern has his way. As league spokesman Tim Frank told the Associated Press on Thursday, the competition committee has been hard at work devising a way to discourage players from embellishing contact as a means of coaxing referees into making ill-advised calls in their favor. 

The most likely solution? "Postgame analysis" and retroactive fines, to be implemented during the 2012-13 season. That is, rather than put the onus on referees to judge acting jobs within the flow of the game, the league office will consult the video after games and hand out fines if they've determined that the player in question did indeed flop.

At this point, the move appears to be a smart one by the NBA. Flopping has long been a part of pro basketball, though the practice of such tactics seems to have increased of late.

Whether that's actually the case or simply the perception, in light of improvements in video technology as a whole, and replay in particular, is another story.

Regardless, the prevalence of flopping and the attention paid to it by pla ...

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