On Wednesday the NBA officially adopted it’s new anti-flopping rules for the upcoming 2012-13 season in attempts to cut down or eliminate something that has been a growing issue within the Association. Flopping has occurred more and more in recent years and it alters how referees officiate games due to the fact that is difficult to tell the difference between a true foul and when a player is just flailing all over the court in attempts to get some kind of call.
The rules state that first-time violators of the no flopping rule will receive a warning however they are found guilty of violating the rule again then they are subject to a fine of $5,000 per offense over the course of the season. The fines could extend up to $30,000 per offense upon reaching five violations in one season. The Association also will consider suspending any player who is found guilty of violating the rule more than five times in a single season.
The NBA has defined flopping as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player”.
In a written statement from NBA Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson, he states “flops have no part in our game…..they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls of fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call”.
Both the Board of Governors and Competition Committee agree that any player who is found guilty of flopping after video review should be warned first and then given an automatic penalty if it occurs again.
Notorious floppers such as San Antonio Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili, Miami Heat forward Shane Battier, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao and Los Angles Lakers bigman Pau Gasol could all find themselves much lighter in the wallet and possibly suspended if they continue their flopping ways. Hopefully the adoption of these new rules will put an end to the flopping epidemic that has plagued the National Basketball Association over the past decade.