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Blake Griffin says flopping fines just NBA going after cash

Oct 4, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

Blake Griffin AP

For the most part, NBA players have been backed the NBA’s new penalties for floppers — plays will be reviewed by the league office and guys will be warned for the first instance and fined after that up to $30,000 for the fifth incident.

Players seem to think maybe this will cut down on flopping where they all think they were victims (but none of them think they actually did it).

Blake Griffin, not so much. He thinks this is pretty much a money grab by the league that may not be much of a deterrent when it matters, he told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

“It’s not going to win or lose games for anybody. It’s a good way for the NBA to get more money,” Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin said.

“I guess it’s good in a sense that it stops any of it from happening,” Griffin said after the Clippers’ open practice and scrimmage at the Galen Center on Wednesday. “But now you’re telling me if it’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals and a guy has a chance to make a play he’s going to be like, ‘Well, do I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?’ “

First, let us pause here to enjoy the irony — Blake Griffin sells calls and flops as much as anyone in the league. In fact, he may have my favorite of all time, the self-flop.

Second, this is not a revenue stream for the league. Money from fines is split between the NBA and the players union then both use all that money exclusively for charitable causes (NBA Cares stuff, for example).

Now, to Griffin’s point it will not work at key moments… probably true.

The new procedure works this way: Potential flops will be tagged by NBA officials who watch games (every minute of every game) and sent to the league office for review. If the league feels a player embellished contact to sell a call (which is going to be a hard line to draw consistently and keep fans happy), then players can be fined. First offense in a season gets you a warning. Second time it is a $5,000 fine. Third time it is $10,000, fourth time $15,000 and if there is a fifth offense in a season the fine is $30,000. (This applies only to the regular season, different playoff flopping rules will come later.)

The NBA players union said it will file a grievance against the league for unilaterally imposing these new player fines without negotiating with them. The union suggested this could go to court. The league says they did discuss the fines with the union (the union just doesn’t feel heard or that there were negotiations) and released this statement.

“Although we haven’t seen any filing from the Players Association, our adoption of an anti-flopping rule is fully consistent with our rights and obligations under the collective bargaining agreement and the law.”

Still, most players seem to accept this as the new reality, that the rules will be in place.

Griffin is spot on about part of it — if even a regular season game is on the line and a player is taking a borderline charge, you can bet he is still going to sell the contact in hopes of drawing the whistle and impacting the outcome of the game. And competitive guys will not blink at risking a fine to do it.

It’s going to be interesting to watch this new rule play out this season, because it is no panacea.

  1. cakemixa - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Blake, as well as most of the Clippers roster, will likely be bankrupt by the time this season is over.

    • losangeleschargers17 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      No.

  2. xrateplaya - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Flop city!!

  3. ihavenonickname - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    The Self-flop was one of the great moments in Clipper history. thanks kurt.

  4. nolahxc - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Blake… you’re an idiot.

    • tubal22 - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      As of this post, 93% of America thinks Blake is an idiot. Can’t argue with that.

  5. zacksdad - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    And what was the jumping over a Kia stunt in the slam dunk contest? Was that also money for charitable causes or for some over hyped climb over people to slam dunk a ball basketball player. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black and even this more like the pot calling the white stove black; as Kurt pointed out the NBA does not benefit from the fines. No pun intended here, so no racist reply’s needed.

    Just keep flopping and they will up the penalties to suspensions, see if that stops it in the playoffs.

  6. nbascreed - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Dear Blake-

    You’re awesome and I like you already and will probably love you when you develop a post game and 16 foot j. A couple things though:

    1. Fines go to charity, so not sure how the “more money” comment applies.

    2. A flop equals a lost possesion (turnover) or additional opportunities at points (free throws). These things VERY MUCH can lose or win a team a game (See Cardinal’s flop against LBJ Game 5 of 2011 Finals). The silly cliche “one person (or possession) didn’t lose us that game” is only subordinate to the more sillier cliche that “the long two is the worst shot in basketball”.

    -Screed

  7. misterdreamer119 - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Crybaby ginger, overhyped soft.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    No, it’s going after guys who are 6’8, 250 who dunk all over guys, push off while doing so, stare them down like indestructible forces, but go flying out of bounds when Ricky Rubio drives into the lane, as if Tyson caught him on the fowl with a 1988 uppercut.

    And guys who are 6’8″ 260 who couldn’t be bowled over by anyone in this league unless blindsided, taking dives just the same.

  9. packfaninvikeland - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    No they are going after the Miami Heat, who flopped their way to a championship *trolling*

  10. rueg10 - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    complaints from one of the biggest floppers in the league? go figure. on O, blake is aggressive, pushes off, taunts, you name it. but on D, he plays more like another griffin named peter. no talent hack.

    blake, learn some D, get a J… and we’ll see how good you can be. even shawn kemp had a J.

  11. 3pointlegend - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    The NBA needed to do something, did they come down harsh enough probably not. Griffin and his millionaire teammates and foes won’t worry about money but instead twitter reaction and the like is the bigger concern.

  12. eugenesaxe - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    He’s absolutely right. If a guy thinks “flop=win”, he’s going to flop Fines will cut down some of the problem, but what’s 10 grand if it gets you into the playoffs?
    Stern’s policy allows too many easy penalties, and no guarantees of real punishment. But hey, at least it looks like he’s doing something about it.

  13. badintent - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    “Yo Tom Cruise, can you put down the divorce papers for a minute and take the phone ?” It’s Danny Ainge, wants to know if he can bring the entire Celtics team in for some acting lessons ?” What’s that ? ” They gotta join your church first ? Sure .
    No problem, Garnett is the biggest headcase the NBA has, he’ll fit in real nice with John and Kirsten.How about Rondo gets a part in your next movie as the double crossing agent ? The rat ?
    “Tom : I’m all in.Screw the Lakers. How’s their hoes ? I need some mugumbo or I see Ron Hubbard in my wet dreams.”

  14. manchestermiracle - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    In regards to Griffin, howzabout the refs just start calling all the offensive fouls he commits whenever a defender is nearby? Rather funny that someone can make millions in a league while knowing nothing about how it works.

  15. 24thesho - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Dude! C’mon mang! What part of “Delusion, Denial” are you living in, anyway? Love your game, but dang, don’t be a punk…, now!

  16. hoopshort - Oct 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Blake, go back to playing like you did to get into this league. Forget about your stardom and image. Play like you use to and everything else will fall into place.. Stop the floppin, the complaining about non-calls, the grandstanded after dunking.

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