How New NBA Flopping Warnings Are Helping the Game
Flopping will no longer be part of NBA basketball, which for the game itself is a great thing.
Gone are the days when a player can dive to the floor and put on a show that would be worthy of a Broadway show.
Gone are the obvious non-fouls, when a player would fall to the floor two or three seconds after being bumped into by an opposing player. The NBA will finally have power over all the floppers that have been turning the game into spectacle.
The NBA recently issued two flopping warnings to Minnesota Timberwolves' Jose Juan Barea and Cleveland Cavaliers' Donald Sloan. These are the first two NBA players to ever be warned under the new policy that was implemented this season.
The first offense is just a warning, second is a $5,000 fine, followed by $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 for a fifth. Anything beyond that could lead to a suspension.
This rule change was a necessity for some years with teams constantly using flopping in order to persuade the referees to give them a call.
Though, some are concerned about the new rule change, concerned that some of the "tougher" players will get more flopping warnings than others.
Minnesota Timberwolves' coach Rick Adelman said that the changes could target some of his players (via CBS News):
I've said it before, I think it's something that they can certainly look at, but I don't know how anybody, you know, a thousand miles away on TV can tell if somebody gets hit or not hit. I think anybody here, if somebody does that to you, you're going to flinch. And he got hit. The play that they're talking about, the guy hit him in the face and he got called for a foul. I don't understand how he can get a warning foul.
There will be some kinks to smooth out in this new anti-flopping rule, refs can't see everything. But that might open up to a new problem in the NBA.
Players may take advantage of the new flopping rules by targeting players in hard to see areas. Maybe a cheap shot when the refs are distracted?
Regardless, the new anti-flopping rules are for the better for the game of basketball and the NBA.
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