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Staffer Reflects on NBA’s New Flopping Rule

When the Miami heat won the NBA Finals last spring there were many critics on how exactly they earned the title. One of those critics was Indiana Pacers’ head coach, Frank Vogel, who said the Heat, who had the fourth most charges go their way last season, may of been doing a better job acting than playing defense.

“Every drive to the basket, they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers,” Vogel told ESPN. “Oftentimes, they’re falling down even before contact is even being made. It’ll be interesting to see how the series is officiated.”

Well as of last week Miami and rest of the NBA will have to watch their flops after the league instilled a new “anti-flopping rule” that will fine players who choose to exaggerate fouls or attempt to fool officials.

The first violation of the rule will result in a warning to the player. Players who continue to flop will have to pay fines that could range from $5,000 to $30,000. After six or more violations the player may be suspended indefinitely. All fines will be backed by video evidence and will be reviewed by the league.

This move is not only a much needed one but an extremely important one.This rule should of been installed years ago with infamous floppers dating back to the 80’s such as Bill Laimbeer and Danny Ainge. This will only make the game better and cleaner and will be setting the right example for young fans everywhere. I’m tired of seeing a Shaq-sized center get knocked over by a 5-10 guard in the final moments of a game and getting away with it.

The question will be how the players take the rule change. Most believe this is a great addition but it will be interesting how they have to change their defensive styles. Other looming questions will be how hard the league cracks down on the flops and how exactly they intend on judging an exaggerated charge.

We’ll find out the answers to these questions in a few weeks when the season tips off on Oct. 30.

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Alex Goldman

Alex Goldman is the Online editor with Mitch Kaskie, staff writer and Sports page Editor on the Harbinger. He likes sports. Read Full »

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