June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; NBA commissioner David Stern in attendance during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Trying To Put An End To Flopping


Flopping has been a major issue that’s been going on in the NBA and in some ways has tarnished the game. NBA commissioner David Stern made a comment last season about penalizing floppers and finally the NBA is finalizing flopping procedures which will include fines and perhaps even suspensions for repeat offenders.

It’s about time the NBA did something about flopping. I wasn’t alive during the era of 80s and early 90s basketball but I still appreciate the game for the way it was then; which is for the most part how it still should be. If you’re 7 feet tall you have no business trying to take a charge or attempt to flop. The flopping non-sense has gone on in the NBA long enough, it’s a theatrical act designed to fool the eyes of the referees during the course of the game which ultimately can affect the outcome.

Personally I first became disgusted with flopping during the 2007 playoffs when the Suns faced the Spurs, when the likes of Bruce Bowen, Manu Ginobili and Fabricio Oberto would just fall down or complain to the officials and they’d get the calls in their favor. The Spurs’ constant fooling and manipulation of the officials were so nauseating that Bill Simmons of Grantland.com wrote an article regarding the crappy officiating during game 3 of the Suns and Spurs series in 2007.

It’s about time this whole non-sense stopped. Fact of the matter is, with this flopping business going on NBA basketball is less physical than most pick-up games at public parks. Maybe if this whole flopping thing doesn’t go through the NBA should consider having concrete basketball courts rather than wooden ones, falling on concrete hurts hell of a lot more than falling on wood; maybe that would give floppers incentive to man up and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played and not fall down if god forbid someone breathes on you.

It’s a shame because basketball is such an emotional game and flopping takes a lot of emotions out the game. The fact that there are guys out there who are looking to fall down every chance they get so that they can get a call going their way is absolutely pathetic.

As a basketball fan I hope this flopping penalization system that the NBA is trying to put in place will put an end to all of this. When you have the most physically gifted player in NBA history, the best player in the NBA today, and the best perimeter defender in the game today pull stunts like this; there’s a serious issue. Is it entirely the players’ fault? No, in fact they’re almost encouraged to flop because their team will be rewarded more possessions the more they flop.

Bottom line, this isn’t good for the game. We all saw what the replacement officials did to the NFL this past month and when NBA officials constantly let floppers have their way it’s just as devastating to the game. The details of the flopping procedures that’s being finalized by the NBA is still unknown to the public but let’s hope for some serious negative reinforcement that would eliminate as much flopping from the game as possible.

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