Fined For Flopping
Even though “flopping” has become an NBA enigma over the past two years, it really has been around since the days of Celtics great, Frank Ramsey, and his famous flailing arms he used time and again. While Ramsey might have been the first recognized “flopper” that the NBA had to offer, the true art of flopping wasn’t mastered until a scrawny big eared sharp shooter out of UCLA entered the league. Growing up a die-hard Knicks fan, I had to suffer through many beatings by Reggie Miller. While Miller will go down as one of the NBA’s greatest shooters of all-time, he will also be remembered as the best “flopper” ever. Reggie made it an art form. He was so good at deceiving the referees that it seemed towards the waning years of his career that he depended more on the foul line then on his natural-born talents of shooting. Now, flopping has gotten way out of control in the NBA and it has taken from the integrity of the game. NBA Commissioner, David Stern, and his crew have helped develop a rule that will fine guilty flopper’s and could even lead to a suspension.
My favorite NBA personality, and former NBA head coach, Jeff Van Gundy, has been at the forefront of battling flopping and making it a penalized offense. While Jeff has made exaggerated remarks claiming that he wanted players to be fined millions of dollars for these cowardly plays, really all he was trying to do was bring order back to the game. Flopping has gotten so out of control, that is became distracting topics of debate on popular shows like Sportscenter, Mike and Mike, First Take and many other sports media platforms. To me, it’s an extremely embarrassing thing when a player dives on the floor in attempt to deceive the referee and get a foul call, rather than manning up and just playing the game the way it was meant to be played. Now, these dastardly acts will cost their makers a lot of money or even have them suspended for a period of time.
While it’s nearly impossible to see every flop live, the NBA will put together a committee that will review accused flops days after the game and then announce whether or not a player has been hit with one of these fines. Here is how the fines and possible suspension will go.
- Violation 1: Warning
- Violation 2: $5,000 fine
- Violation 3: $10,000 fine
- Violation 4: $15,000 fine
- Violation 5: $30,000 fine
- Violation 6 and above: According to the NBA, “He will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.”
I don’t agree with the first violation being a warning, because every player in the league knows when they are flopping, so that in itself should be enough warning. I do like the fact that the NBA said they were going to do something about these outlandish flops and now they have. While a lot of people have different definitions of what a flop actually is, the NBA released their statement today defining it:
“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.”
If this rule was intact in the 90’s, when Reggie was in his prime, I believe that Miller would be nearly bankrupt today. That being said, I am very happy that the NBA has made moves to fix this epidemic and I have hope that there will be no more flopping soon enough. We can celebrate this minor victory for the league once the season starts, but for now, enjoy this hilarious video of some of the greatest flops and flopper’s that the NBA has ever seen.