Flopping in the NBA is a hot topic these days and basketball fans found out during last year’s playoffs how much NBA analyst, Jeff Van Gundy hated it as he often when on anger charged rants about how how flopping deteriorated the game. With the announcement of a new anti-flopping rule, the NBA may have just made JVG one happy man.
The new anti-flopping rule will be adopted at the beginning the 2012-2013 NBA season and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson has even gone so far as to provide a definition of what flopping is:
“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.
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.
We’ll remain optimistic that these new rules will result in changes to the overall quality of the game – only time will tell. After all, it takes a great deal of practice and dedication to be a great actor and we all know that old habits die hard.