To be clear I am completely against the new flopping rule being instituted by the NBA. I have long called for flopping reform, but this is the wrong way to go about it. The best and most effective way to legislate flopping out of the game is to simply not call it.
The refs reward players flying all over the place acting like they have been punched by a George Foreman left hook, well guess what? They will continue to do so if they think it will give them a competitive advantage.
By fining players for flopping you are excusing the referees of what is their actual job, to call the game correctly and as they see it. Instead of anticipating contact, or bailing out star players for bad shot selection, simply let the players play on. The NBA players will adapt and stop flopping once they see how it has a negative affect on their teams chances of winning.
Below is the official release from the NBA:
Posted Oct 3, 2012 1:25 PM
New York — The NBA will adopt an anti-flopping rule beginning with the 2012-13 season, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced Wednesday. ”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,” Jackson said. “Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should — after a warning — be given an automatic penalty.”
“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.
Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.
Any player who is determined to have committed a flop during the regular season will be subject to the following:
- Violation 1: Warning
- Violation 2: $5,000 fine
- Violation 3: $10,000 fine
- Violation 4: $15,000 fine
- Violation 5: $30,000 fine
If a player violates the anti-flopping rule six times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension. The league will announce at a later date a separate set of penalties for flopping that will apply during the playoffs.
I would love to see how you are going to suspend a player a full game check over such a subjective matter. The NBA Players union is already filing a grievance over the rule change.
To the list:
1. Manu Ginobili
Behind Reggie Miller, the greatest offensive flopper the NBA has ever seen. I am not sure I have ever seen a guy flop on a breakaway lay up, but if anyone could it is Manu. Refs fall for it because he plays with his elbows out. In other words, he can take contact without ever losing control because he is actually hitting the defenders, not the other way around.
2. Derek Fisher
The Yoda of flopping. He is more stuntman than point guard. Fisher has long been known as a guy that will literally run at the basket, launch himself into defenders and draw whistle. If this flopping rule existed for his entire career he would have appeared in the 30 for 30 film “Broke” even while being an active player. He may be the only athlete to flop more than TMT promotions.
3. Blake Griffin
A guy his size should never hit the ground as much as he does. Yes, teams have taken a more physical stance with him since he posterized every opponent who foolishly jumped with him, but Blake has a horrible habit of exaggerating even the slightest of contact.
3.5 Anderson Varejao
He and his orange raggedy Andy afro have been flopping since the moment he came into the NBA. What makes his flopping so egregious is he falls back 10 feet when bumped by Earl Boykins. We can all understand a Dwight Howard elbow, or shoulder from Andrew Bynum, but 5’5 back up point guards should never knock 6’11 Brazilian basketball players into the concession stand. What is most annoying about Varejao is he is not an All Star caliber player who has earned any leeway from the refs, yet still gets a favorable whistle.
4. Chris Paul
CP3 is the best point guard in the NBA and he may be the best flopper. While little guys do get a little more leeway, especially someone like Chris who regularly challenges the trees in the paint, this has got to stop. Chris is straddling that line between savvy veteran and Vlade Divac.
5. Pau Gasol
The nastiest part of Gasol’s game is not his Meth induced hair and shaggy rabies infested beard, it’s his flopping. Pau is a greatly skilled player, but when he flops he flops with his entire torso. He makes it look like the defender is administrating chemotherapy instead of just using his extended elbow to play defense.
Luckily for Pau he is still a Laker and he will remain to get a favorable whistle.
6. James Harden
They don’t call him the next Ginobili for nothing. He is left handed, comes of the bench and has mastered the skill of the no look, head snap back running left hand lay up. I swear he keeps his beard to A) Smuggle people in and out of the country, and B) so when he snaps his head back referees are sure to see the perceived contact.
7. Shane Battier
Shane is a very intelligent defender. He rarely tries to block a player’s shot, he is well prepared and forces opponents to make challenged jumpers. He also slides under players and often bails early when trying to draw a charge. He mastered the art of flopping at Duke I am sure.
8. Dwyane Wade
D Wade has mastered the floating jump shot fall to the ground slide into row 3 move. Its ridiculous how much this guy hits the floor. And it doesn’t make it any better that he acts like he has been shot by sniper fire every time he gets fouled. Wade is a future Hall of Famer and there is really no excuse for him flopping as much as Tony Yayo.
9. Paul Pierce
All you really need to know about Paul Pierce’s flopping is the man left the court in a wheel chair and came back to score 30 points. Not to mention he always has those annoying patches of hair that look like the Virgin Islands on his cheeks.
10. Danilo Gallinari
Like many of his European predecessors, he will flop on offense and defense. The problem is at 6’10 and an underrated athlete he should be playing stronger and making players shoot over him instead of bailing them out and hoping the referee falls for his acting.
In last years first round series vs. the Lakers he flopped twice in the 4th quarter of a game and neither was called, costing his team crucial possessions.
He’s French and hangs out with Drake, so of course he flops. People used to say Parker was soft, but I couldn’t disagree more. Parker is fearless and attacks the rim relentlessly. But as he has gotten older, and I am sure from playing with Manu, he has evolved into quite the flopper as well. I still can’t believe he let Eva Longoria go.
Kobe Bean Bryant. Much like Kobe cleverly disguises his receding hairline, he is quietly one of the most intelligent floppers. Most guys take a bump and instantly fall over and start complaining. Not Kobe. He goes to the hole, takes a 3rd step, yells out “Hey” and corkscrews his body exaggerating contact but still always maintaining enough balance to get the shot off. This not only gets him to the free throw line, but also gives him the great opportunity to get conventional 3 point plays.
Who did I miss?