NBA means business with flopping crackdown

Thunder forward Nick Collison says referees can stop the flops by calling the game accordingly.
By John Rohde Published: October 20, 2012
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photo - FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2012, file photo, Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, left, of Poland, falls backward to the floor as Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee, right, is called for a charge in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix. The NBA will penalize flopping this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league vice president says has
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2012, file photo, Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, left, of Poland, falls backward to the floor as Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee, right, is called for a charge in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix. The NBA will penalize flopping this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league vice president says has "no place in our game." The league said Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, that 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." (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File) ORG XMIT: NY173

Based on the tone of several responses to the NBA's crackdown on flopping this season, you would think no player in the league has ever exaggerated physical contact — or a lack thereof.

“We don't flop over here,” Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. “We play D. If we take charges, it's a real charge. There are some teams that live and die by the flop. I like the rule. It puts pressure on guys to play better defense.”

Not surprisingly, rebellious Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is resisting the league's new action, claiming the anti-flopping rule is “very subjective” and difficult to legislate.

“They're going to have to stick to the most obvious (flops),” Cuban said. “Like he missed you and you fell over. Those type of things.”

Given what has transpired so far this preseason, the NBA apparently means business.

Golden State guard Jarrett Jack said the league warned him about flopping in a preseason game. "So I've been warned for flopping hahaha," Jack tweeted.

A league source told Grantland.com that NBA officials warned “about 10” players for flopping, but the league refused to release the names.

“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,” NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said in a statement. “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.”

Any player guilty of flopping will be subject to a warning, followed by a $5,000 fine for a second violation, $10,000 for the third and $15,000 for the fourth. The fifth flop will result in a $30,000 fine. Six or more violations will lead to an increased fine and/or suspension.

Thunder forward Nick Collison does not have the flopper's chromosome, which makes him one of the league's most respected players when it comes to drawing offensive fouls.

A no-nonsense guy, Collison said referees can put a stop to flopping by officiating the contest accordingly.

“How the officials call the game, that's how the players are going to play,” said Collison, who was second in the league in 2009-10 with 57 charges. “The players are going to adjust to how they call it. The reason guys flop is because it's gotten them calls. If it didn't get them calls, guys wouldn't do it.”

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Thunder vs. Nuggets

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena

TV: None

Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM

Three things to know

* Thunder guards James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha are expected to return from injuries against the Nuggets.

* This is the fifth of seven scheduled preseason games for the Thunder but the last exhibition inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

* Russell Westbrook scored 18 points with 12 assists against Phoenix on Friday night in Tulsa.

Projected starters

Thunder (2-2)

Pos.;Player;Ht.;Pts.;Reb.;Ast.

G;Russell Westbrook;6-3;16.0;0.7;6.3

G;Daequan Cook;6-5;5.0;0.0;0.0

F;Kevin Durant;6-9;14.3;2.8;2.8

F;Serge Ibaka;6-10;13.7;8.3;1.0

C;Cole Aldrich;6-11;8.3;8.0;0.5

Nuggets (3-1)

Pos.;Player;Ht.;Pts.;Reb.;Ast.

G;Ty Lawson;5-11;8.0;1.3;5.0

G;Andre Iguodala;6-6;8.5;4.0;3.3

F;Danilo Gallinari;6-10;14.0;4.5;2.8

F;Kenneth Faried;6-8;10.8;6.3;0.3

C;Kosta Koufos;7-0;6.3;9.5;0.3

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