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NBA Playoffs 2012: Is Flopping Becoming a Large Problem?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03:  NBA Commissioner David Stern attends Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat  in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIMay 14, 2012

With the recent comments of Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and David Stern this week, I've begun to think of the seriousness of flopping in the NBA.

Should the referees be more trained to determine who is flopping? Should players be penalized for flopping? Obviously, fans and Stern are unhappy with the recent amount of flopping that goes on in the league. 

In Stern's recent remarks, the commissioner stated how the NBA is close to handing out Oscars, hinting at the amount of acting in the league currently. 

Flopping should be looked at more seriously. It is clearly affecting the game and NBA players and coaches have spoken out verbally regarding this problem. Certain teams and individual players take flopping to the extremes and know how to draw foul calls.

Perhaps it is how the league is officiated in today's game. There aren't physical blocking foul calls anymore. Some of the charges are clear blatant forms of acting. NBA referees need to study film and learn what is a charge and what is falling down from no apparent contact. 

Prior to Game 7 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies series, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said the Clippers are the "biggest flopping team in the league by far." He put blame on Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Reggie Evans.

"It starts with Chris Paul, because Blake didn't really used to flop like that, you know, last year," Randolph said. "Reggie (Evans) flops, Reggie always flops. I think it started when Chris got (to the Clippers)."

Now it seems that those who speak out regarding flopping are being penalized, such as Vogel. However, Stern does acknowledge the problem. But, what should the penalty be for constant flopping?

A technical foul or an actual fine can put players in check. If a referee feels that a player is trying to draw referees to call offensive fouls continuously, the referee should take action and should be able to call a technical foul. Flopping is not only ruining the game for fans, but it is giving some teams favorable chances to prevail.

If the flopping doesn't end, fines and/or suspensions may need to come up as solutions. Those who speak out against flopping are fined, but not the floppers themselves. 

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