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Should The NBA Expand The Anti-Flopping Rules That They Have In Place?

Submitted by on June 9, 2013 – 10:56 amNo Comment

NBA Commissioner David Stern knows there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to anti-flopping rules. Although the NBA installed a bunch of new anti-flopping rules to its rulebook before the 2012-13 NBA season, flopping has still been pretty widespread this year. The reason? Stern says that the league’s $5,000 flopping fines are a joke. When the annual NBA salary is $5.5 million, $5,000 is practically nothing. So the fines aren’t exactly stopping players from flopping.

“It isn’t enough,” Stern said late last week before the start of the 2013 NBA Finals. “You’re not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player’s salary is $5.5 million. And anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason.”

So what can be done then? Stern still isn’t sure. At the moment, players can be fined up to $30,000 for flopping for their first five violations. Fines are handed out once the NBA reviews possible instances of flopping when they occur. But a sixth flopping violation earns a player an automatic suspension. So there is talk about possibly making that rule a little more strict. Players won’t be suspended for first or second flopping violations anymore. But harsher fines and possible suspensions will likely come into play once it’s clear that they are a repeat offender.

Whatever they decide, it’s clear that the NBA needs to do something when it comes to flopping. Because although we do have to admit that things have gotten better this season, there is still way too much flopping that goes on during NBA games. Particularly in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, players have become too reliant on flopping in order to earn extra possessions for their team. And it’s starting to have an impact on games and change the way that we view them. So hopefully the league continues to work hard to eliminate flopping forever. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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