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3 Solutions to the NBA's Flopping Problem
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Over the weekend NBA Commissioner David Stern made some comments on the league's flopping issue.

The issue of flopping has finally moved from the hard courts to the boardrooms in the NBA.

The "flop" is, of course, a somewhat subjective issue. It really boils down to a player in the NBA absorbing a small or moderate amount of physical contact and then having a reaction that would suggest the physical contact is far more intense and had far more impact than it really did. All of this is done in an effort to draw a foul.

The results are maddening.

Each NBA player can only commit six personal fouls per game. Any additional foul can alter a player's time on the court. Drawing a fourth personal foul in the middle of the third quarter could easily cause that player's head coach to bench the player until the fourth quarter in an effort to prevent him from drawing a fifth foul before the game's most crucial 12 minutes have even started.

The flop can remove key players from parts of games. That can have a major impact on the outcome.

No one should get away with fouling a player, but conversely, should a player get charged with a foul when no foul has been committed?

Sunday, NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked about the issue (via ESPN.com):

I think it's time to look at (flopping) in a more serious way because it's only designed to fool the referee. It's not a legitimate play in my judgment. I recognize if there's contact (you) move a little bit, but some of this is acting. We should give out Oscars rather than MVP trophies.

With Stern going public to express his displeasure with the practice, the potential for some sort of rules change can no longer just be considered the province of belly-aching fans. 

What types of rule changes are we talking about?

Nothing has been officially proposed as of now, at least not publicly, but here are some suggestions.  

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