No More Flopping? NBA Commissioner Stern Makes A Case

Indiana Head Coach Frank Vogel was given a $15,000 fine for comments he made about the Heat flopping.

It seems like every NBA star today wants to be a star away from the court as well. They make cameos in movies, star in reality shows, come out with albums and appear to be in the public eye more during the off-season than in season. We see an influx in players leaving smaller market cities for more media friendly cities, like New York and L.A., all in an attempt to grow their brand. It appears that some would like to pursue careers in acting and have decided to practice during their NBA games. Commissioner Stern doesn’t seem to be enjoying the show and would like to put an end to flopping.

Last week, Indiana Pacers Head Coach, Frank Vogel, was fined $15,000 for comments that he made about the Miami Heat. Vogel asserted that the Heat were the NBA’s biggest crop of actors and was apparently attempting to persuade the referees to call their upcoming series with that in mind (it didn’t work). There is no existing penalty for flopping in the NBA as of right now, but as Vogel has learned, there apparently is one for tattle telling.

Grizzlies Forward Zach Randolph also made comments about the Clippers flopping excessively. He called out the teams two biggest stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. And, for you Reggie Evans fans out there, we all know he is one of the premiere floppers this league has ever seen.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were called out for flopping in their series against the Knicks.

Flopping appears to be something that we are hearing a lot about lately and maybe it’s time to punish it.

David Stern spoke with ESPN’s Lisa Salters during Miami’s Game 1 match-up with the Pacers and had some comments to make about flopping. “I think it’s time to look at it in a more serious way because it’s only designed to fool the referee,” said Stern. ” It’s not a legitimate play in my judgment. I recognize if there’s contact (you) move a little bit, but some of this is acting. We should give out Oscars rather than MVP trophies.”

Lebron James clearly flops on a play against Tyson Chandler in round one of the playoffs. Chandler was hit with a flagrant foul.

Stern also said that he went to the competition committee in the past and was quickly shot down. He wanted them to consider imposing fines and suspensions on floppers and was greeted with no support.

It would not be unprecedented in sports to puts some rules in place to curb flopping. The NHL has done so and it actually works quite effectively for them:

“NHL RULE 64.1 Diving / Embellishment – Any player who blatantly dives, embellishes a fall or a reaction, or who feigns an injury shall be penalized with a minor penalty under this rule.”

It will be interesting to see going forward if the league actually acts on this matter. When you have two separate stories, in the course of one playoff cycle, that revolve around flopping, you should probably check up on it.

DISCLAIMER: We here at BLS are fair in our reporting so here is some evidence against anyone we may have asserted is a flopper:


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