Just a week into the season, two players have already received warnings—J.J. Barea of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Donald Sloan of the Cleveland Cavaliers. This should serve as a wake-up call to all of the game's notorious floppers that the NBA is serious about stamping it out and that the way they play needs to change...fast.
Regarding the new flopping penalties, what starts with a warning turns into fines that grow higher and higher each time, which ultimately turns into a suspension. Here is where certain floppers should start sweating.
So many of them, such as Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics or Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, rely on dramatically falling to the ground for most of their defense, and with these no-flopping rules in place, they have to suddenly adjust their games—not easy to do your 30s.
Of course, Pierce and Ginobili aren't the only ones who need to change their games in order to avoid opening their checkbooks for the league office. Unless some of their fellow men make the same changes, the NBA is going to see a great influx of revenue this year, and not exactly from ticket sales and TV deals.