Much has been made of the NBA's new no-flopping rules. Some say the players should not be penalized financially for making basketball plays. Other say it is a great new rule by the league to eliminate "fake" defense, to encourage defenders to play honestly and remove the guesswork for NBA officials.
And still others (ahem, Blake Griffin) say the change was made for no other reason than to further line the pockets of the league, as the fines that accompany a flop are hefty, especially after repeated violations (after the third flop, players are fined $25,000).
Griffin also insinuated teams would not win or lose based on flops, which is incorrect. The flopping rule is going to change the NBA just as much as the hand-checking rule did over a decade ago, and we're going to look at five ways it will make NBA basketball more enjoyable—and more honest.