Nobody likes flopping. Opposing players despise it, fans can’t stand it, media members get all haughty and bothered over it, and even the players that flop the most tend to do it sheepishly. It’s not quite the scourge of the NBA, as some of the haughtier types have characterized it, but it is a problem.
It’s mainly a problem because flopping works. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to dupe referees into thinking that you were just hit hard, and “earn” the whistle. And with referees now told to call just about every potential block/charge call, rarely looking the other way as they used to, the whistles are adding up.
Fining players for flopping hasn’t dissuaded players, because the second infraction only nets a $5,000 penalty. This is part of the reason why the NBA’s D-League, starting on Thursday, has decided to nail each of its players with a technical foul should they commit what D-League refs deem to be a flop. From the league’s website:Read More »from The D-League will now start assessing technical fouls to anyone caught flopping. Is the NBA next?