The NBA recently revealed their new anti-flopping rules, and the news has been received with mixed reactions from fans and players alike.
According to the NBA, flopping is defined as, "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."
Starting next season, players will be issued a warning for their first violation, $5,000 fine for the second offense, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth, and it jumps up to $30,000 for the fifth offense.
Flopping has and always will be a part of professional sports, but it seems like it's getting a bit too much in the NBA. Virtually every player in the league does a little flopping every now and then, and it makes the referees' job a lot harder than it should be.
While I agree that something needs to be done about flopping in the NBA, the penalties the league has imposed seem a little harsh. I personally like the idea of issuing technical fouls for flops, as that'll have a bigger impact on the way players conduct themselves. Fines can be saved for serious offenders.
Monetary fines aren't the best way to deal with the flopping issue in the NBA, as it does unfairly punish the lower-tier players. However, it could work out if the league uses good judgment implementing the rule when the 2012/13 NBA season starts, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra doesn't seem to mind the new rules, and he even thinks it might have its advantages.
"I'm all on board for it," Spoelstra said. "I think it needs to be addressed. I think the steps they're taking right now, I think will benefit the game. I do. It remains to be seen if it truly has an impact. But I think it's a step in the right direction. … It's not good for the game; nobody likes the flop. A majority of coaches don't like the flop, particularly if you're trying to build a solid defense."
Associated Press, "NBA imposes anti-flopping rules"
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