In October 2012, the NBA released guidelines for the anti-flopping rule. Here is a section from the release:
“Flops have no place in our game -they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call,” vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the NBA gave Dirk Nowtizki of the Dallas Mavericks a warning for a flop in the game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. During the game, Dirk shot a three-pointer in the final minute of the third quarter. Nuggets’ Darrell Arthur was defending on the play and tried to block Dirk’s shot. After releasing the ball Dirk went tumbling to the floor as if Arthur had tackled him. The league office ruled that Dirk had flopped on the play and issued the warning today.
With it being Dirk’s first offense he gets a warning. However, anymore flopping from the superstar and he could start paying money and possibly face suspensions. The second offense is a $5,000 fine and it only grows from there. This isn’t what the Mavs need from their superstar power forward. What they need is for him to lead by example. One of the gripes from fans about certain players and certain teams is that they flop like soccer players in the World Cup. This isn’t the reputation Mavs fans want going around about their leader. They don’t want the rest of the league looking at him like he’s a flopper. Hopefully the warning is enough to get the message across to Dirk.