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NBA uses stars to demonstrate flops that will be fined

Oct 5, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop Getty Images

Since the NBA announced they were going to be reviewing potential flops at the league office the next day, and fining players determined to have flopped, the big question has been “where will they draw the line?”

Friday, the league released a video showing what would and would not draw a flop (that video is only on league sites currently). But the people they used to show flops were big names — Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, Chris Paul, Josh Smith, Danilo Gallinari and others. Don’t think for a second that is an accident. People in the video who may have embellished but it was not so blatant as to draw a fine were people like Ronny Turiaf — not stars.

Basically, the video suggests it will be the most obvious, over the top flops that draw fouls — it shows Wade taking a jumper in last year’s Eastern Conference finals then flopping to draw a foul on the Celtics’ Mickael Pietrus. It was blatant and obvious.

Here is how the league describes what will be called.

“The main factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would have been expected given the force or direction of the contact. For example, a player will be considered to have committed a “flop” if he falls to the floor following minimal contact or lunges in a direction different from the direction of the contact.

This is what we should expect — if it is a blatant and obvious flop, a fine is coming (a warning for the first one, $5000 for the second, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth and $30,000 for a fifth).

But for a lot of things fans want to see called, there will be nothing. If you exaggerate existing contact — within reason — the league can’t fine you for it after the fact watching a video.

Hat tip to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

  1. heathater4lifeson - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Parker is the fourth biggest flopper on his team behind giiiiiinobili, red rocket and d Blair

  2. qwertify - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    How about the other guy in that picture? Heard he’s a flopping star too

  3. eventhorizon04 - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:23 AM


    One of my main concerns about these anti-flopping penalties is that while it sounds good in theory, I was worried that superstars might get a free pass.
    That meant role players and teams without superstars would be at a disadvantage – well, an even bigger disadvantage than what they currently have to deal with.

    If the NBA is *actually* willing to fine Kobe, Wade, LeBron, Pierce, Harden, Parker, CP3, Dirk, etc., then I can more readily support the new rules.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Moral of the video is that “minor embellishment” won’t be penalized. Only “major embellishment” will be penalized.

    So if Player A pushes a Player B with a fair amount of force, and Player B waves his hands in the air, player B won’t be penalized if he stays upright and keeps playing.

    However, if Player A barely pushes Player B, or doesn’t actually push him at all, and Player B falls to the ground, player B WILL be penalized since he over-exaggerated the contact by falling to the ground and stopped playing.

    The system, if it works, will encourage players to try to play through light contact rather than falling to the ground in agony even if only gently pushed.

  5. p1nch3dloaf - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    No finer example than Corey Flopgette and Vlade Diflop.

  6. superseahawk - Oct 6, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Flopgette, now that’s funny.

  7. omniusprime - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    About time the NBA cleans up flopping, the refs have been ignorant of this for far too long. I was glad to see the NBA clean up all that crybaby whining and now it’s great to see the game get some integrity by finally stopping dirty players from cheating by creating fake fouls. I think that fining these overpaid prima donnas isn’t good enough, players should get tossed from games if their flopping foul count gets too high, just like technical fouls. Too bad it took so long to come up with such an obvious rule, but better late than never.

  8. darbley73 - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I think the NBA made a step in the right direction by trying to curtail flopping, however, it is such a objective call. I think if they or rid o the charge call altogether it would force players to play through contact.

  9. pop562 - Oct 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    deflop wade and leflop James were pros with flopping during the finals…too many videos on YouTube to say they don’t.

    • miamatt - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      With no consequences for flopping why wouldn’t they? And find me a single team in the NBA that doesn’t flop, let alone a single recent champion. Seriously, find one team.

      And I’m in favor of getting flopping out of the game, BTW.

      • pop562 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        queen james and his flopping is a winning strategy comment, can this get any better

  10. wsuperman4445 - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Are they going to also Fine Mitt Rommey for Flopping also? I am just saying..

  11. darbley73 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    think the NBA made a step in the right direction by trying to curtail flopping, however, it is such a objective call. I think if they got rid of the charge call altogether it would force players to play through contact.

  12. kavika6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    In comparison to Obama playing dirty?

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