The NBA is cracking down on flopping, which means that life on the court is about to get difficult for a small handful of players.
Once able to fly around the court and fake getting fouled with ease, these men will now be subject to fines and, in extreme cases, suspensions. Naturally, it won't be at all surprising to see some of these pesky defenders lose some of their effectiveness.
After all, a lot is on the line this year besides just their bodies.
That said, the question presents itself: How much will the game's biggest floppers change the way they defend so that they won't have to pay hefty fines to the league? Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers has made a career out of flying around the court like someone from Cirque du Soleil, but will he back down with financial ramifications hanging over his head? Given how valuable his defense is to the Cavs, it's hard to say until the season begins.
Still, given how he is used to playing the game a certain way, he and the rest of the game's most infamous floppers will likely rack up quite a bit of money in fines over the course of the season.