By now, everybody is well aware the NBA is finally going to crack down on flopping. But are they doing it the right way? I think flopping should be called a foul on the court first then maybe a fine. These guys make multi-millions in a year and can probably find the money for that fine in their couch. Calling the foul can easily shift the momentum of the game.
I will say though, for once I applaud NBA Commissioner David Stern. Flopping has become so bad lately that NBA players have made the worst Hollywood actors look Oscar-worthy. Seeing LeBron James, who’s 6-foot-8, 250 pounds (and many, many others) get elbowed and fall down in dramatic like he just got shot is an acting job less convincing than that of Hayden Christensen. To make matters worse, flopping has ruined the NBA much like Christensen ruined Star Wars.
Players who flop in attempt to draw a foul can be fined up to $30,000. A fine of up to $5,000 will be issued for the second offense, $15,000 for the third offense and a player with four or more can be fined up to $30,000. The league made the following statement about flopping:
“‘Flopping’ will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been
intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The
primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether
his physical reaction to the contact with another player is inconsistent
with what would reasonably be expected give the force or direction of the
Part of the reason I think calling the fouls on the court would be more effective is because the players will continue to do whatever works. If the refs fall for a pathetic acting job, then the players will continue to do it. If the refs can call a foul on a pathetic acting job, one would figure flopping wouldn’t be done as often.
Plus, if Stern and his people are the ones making the decisions as to which flops are fine-able, are they going to watch every game? If so, they’ll still miss several because not every flop will be caught on camera, but that’s the least of the league’s worries.
Who knows? Maybe I’m wrong about this and fining for flopping is the best option. I’m more than willing to give pretty much anything a chance if it improves the quality of the game.
Truth is there wouldn’t be as much flopping by the players if the refs weren’t so easily convinced or scared into calling it. At least the league is heading in the right direction. There’s no need to argue about who’s responsible for the fire before putting it out, and the league is finally trying to put out one of its fires.