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League stays course with flopping rule

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Despite calls by NBA commissioner David Stern to get tough, the league will not be flip-flopping on its flopping rule for next season.

This season the NBA issued fines for flopping and while there were fewer flops, many people including Stern believe the fines are not much of a deterrent.

"It isn't enough, it isn't enough," Stern said during his pre-NBA Finals news conference.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, is a member of the NBA's Competition Committee, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the flop rule is a work in progress.

"The competition committee met (last) week and a lot of progress has been made this past year and in the playoffs with the rule decreasing the amount of flops and attempted flops," Carlisle said Saturday. "I believe we're going to stay the course with the rule basically the way it is, and just continue to work to clean it up.

"And as time goes on, if it needs to be addressed again, it'll be addressed again."

Earlier this month, Stern said the league needed to expand the anti-flopping rule.

"You're not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player's salary is $5.5 million," Stern said. "And anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason."

Stern said the league could end flopping if it really wanted to but added "that might be a little Draconian at the moment."
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