Fines For Flopping: Bad Idea

pj brown and aderson varejaoThe NBA is going to start fining players for flopping

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson confirmed the new policy Wednesday night saying: “What was clearly expressed to the committee is that we would begin imposing fines next season for the most egregious type of flops. When players are taking a dive, for lack of a better term.”

It sounds like a good idea.  But I don’t like it.  I’m already on record as saying you should blame the refs, not the floppers, for what’s happening.  If someone takes a dive… then let them get torched on the play.  Make it a no call and let the offensive team play 5 on 4.

But here’s where the NBA just screwed itself. 

There will be a scenario where a guy will egregiously flop… but draw a foul.  What does the NBA do?  Does it fine a guy for the flop and make the refs look bad for calling a foul on that play?  Or does the NBA look bad by not fining a guy BECAUSE the ref fell for it and called a foul on the play?

And how long before someone split-screens two flops that look the same… but one drew a fine because the ref didn’t fall for it… and one didn’t draw a fine because the ref fell for it.

Either way… the NBA just set themselves up to make the refs look even worse.  This whole thing wouldn’t be an issue if NBA refs had enough balls to make a no-call on these plays.  I guess that wasn’t an option.


12 Responses

  1. Wow. I always thought this was a good idea until they decided to implement it. Anderson Verajo might as well retire.

  2. Ginobli better look into some sort of insurance for this.

  3. That is the lamest thing I have ever heard of. It is and has always been part of the game. It is the refs call to determine if a player is flopping and call the foul or not….Sooooooo stupid…The on-going mission of the nba to destroy basketball continues………..

  4. “That is the lamest thing I have ever heard of.” – what are you? French? Cmon – since the European Invasion of the NBA began, we have seen more and more of this acting impact the game. What happened to ‘no blood, no foul’ back in the day when talent mattered and not image? If you eliminate the flops – no matter how you do it – it only increases the level of play in the game itself. I’d go even further and suspend flagrant floppers. You want some crappy Euro-flop on your roster? Fine… just be prepared to not be able to play him/her.

  5. Hey, another great article. I’m going to quote you as I write about the poor decisions of the NBA in the last few days.

  6. Vlade Divac must be rolling over in in his grave…

  7. […] Fining players for flopping creates several problems, but the main issue is that we all have Tivo. We all have the capability of rewinding one game, comparing it to another game, and even making a split screen image of two “flops” and comparing them to each other. How come one player was fined and the other wasn’t? […]

  8. You’re absolutely right about the catch-22; I don’t see the NBA coming out on top of this one at all. It’s going to be good press now, and bad press later — wouldn’t they have been better off waiting for an alternative or even doing nothing at all?

  9. Are these fines retro-active? Reggie Miller could go bankrupt if they made these things retro-active. Then again the Truth might lose a few mill too. Hey Reggie, keep hawking those Blackberries, but get off the ground you DIDN’T GET FOULED!!!

  10. ZINEDINE ZIDANE How dare you call me a cheese eating surrender monkey.Forget the flops…what about fining the officials who call phatom fouls…seems like D-Wade has benefited from a few of those phatom calls over the years.

    Oh yea, I hope you get hit by a train, then a horse takes a dump on you!!!!!!

  11. Fuck that. Paul doesn’t flop. He takes charges. End of story.

  12. I haven’t seen Pierce flop at all. He’s been getting drilled.

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