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The crackdown on flopping could pose a problem for Blake Griffin.
Flopping has been hurting basketball for years now.
There's nothing more frustrating than watching your team turn over the ball because an opposing player acted like he'd been gunned down by a sniper after the faintest brush of contact. Unfortunately, that happened a lot last season.
ESPN even launched a “HoopIdea” blog last year, essentially an entire blog dedicated to the idea of preventing flopping in the NBA. Thankfully, flops like this one made the league realize that it had a problem, and anti-flopping rules will finally come into play this season.
Honestly, the rules are pretty lax. The league office will take a look at any questionable falls after each game and will dole out punishment if they feel that a flop occurred.
The first flop is met with a warning, and any subsequent flopping will result in small fines ($5,000 for the second, $10,000 for the third, etc). If a player gets caught flopping six or more times, it could result in a suspension (could being the key word here).
Not exactly the strictest of punishments. But it's at least progress. The new anti-flopping rules should definitely cause players to at least think twice before diving to the floor, and you can't ask for much more than that at this point.