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Report: NBA nearing new policy on flopping penalties

Sep 27, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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Last season, concerns about flopping rocketed up the list of NBA issues. It’s not like flopping was anything new to the NBA, but it was in the spotlight and gathering attention. Basketball was drawing soccer comparisons.

And if there is one thing David Stern can’t tolerate, it’s the image of the NBA being sullied (lockouts aside).

So the NBA is going to have a new policy on it, tweeted both the New York Times Howard Beck and the Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney. This sums it up well.


I think this is a good step. While referees can still call flopping to ask them to determine motive and action at the time of the foul is both often very difficult and would slow the game down. Better for guys to get a fine later and have that be the deterrent.

But you can bet there are going to be some borderline calls this year that will lead to controversy. Just wait.

  1. prosourcetalk - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    The Anderson Varejao Tax

  2. charleslee84 - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    The Euro tax

  3. sdb74 - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Ginobli will be broke!

  4. diablito0402 - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Miami heat aint winning no more titles

  5. magicbucs - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Taking a charge is one thing but a flop is what p@ssies do.

  6. eugenesaxe - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Yeah, the threat of a fine is going to stop flopping. Every team/coach will gladly cover a fine for any flop that helps win a game.

  7. Andrés Garcia - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    It won’t be a deterrent come play-off time. If flopping can help you advance in to another round, a lot of players will feel the fine is worth it.

  8. tsi431 - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    It doesn’t say it will be a fine. It says possible fine. It could also be a one game suspension, no one knows. But assuming a fine is all they are going to get is just absurd. There is no in-game penalty, because it will have to be reviewed after the fact.

  9. miamatt - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Until players start getting suspensions nothing will change. And until that happens, it’s hard to blame players if it helps win games.

    • zacksdad - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      I agree, they should have a policy like they have for Technical fouls. Then you will see who the real floppers are.

  10. suhnum1fan - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Floppinng?? The nba needs a system in place (ala nfl)that hold referees more accountable for bad calls. Until otherwise, the league is fixed if you ask me.

    • thestudiokida - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Officials get fined for bad calls, they just don’t announce it. I read that in :07 Seconds Or Less

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