Harden attacks the rim like few others in the league, using his euro step and silky touch to fool defenders and rack up quick points. But part of that elusive style comes from his undeniable flair, which sometimes leads to flailing arms and baited calls. Are those considered flops? We’ll find out. But he didn’t seem too worried about the new rule on Monday.
“Good. It’s good,” Harden said. “Guys can’t be flopping and getting away with it anymore. It was bound to happen at some point and obviously the league got fed up with it and put it in, so I’m happy they did it.”
Kendrick Perkins – the foul-prone center
If Perkins was a referee, he’d probably eject and suspend flopping offenders. Even the word makes him cringe. So he doesn’t have to worry much about violating the new rule. But the physical center is known for driving and playing with reckless abandon. So, if the rule is effective in changing culture, maybe a few opponents think twice about faking contact on an occasional flying elbow or lowered shoulder, allowing Perkins to avoid a batch of technicals.
“I like (the rule),” Perkins said. “(Flopping) just takes away from the game, man. It’s one thing to take charges and put your body in the way like Nick does for our team all the time. I think he led the NBA in taking charges. That’s the sacrifice because a lot of guys won’t sacrifice their bodies to really get hit. You see guys who be flopping all the time and not really getting hit when you have guys who really taking hits who have bruised ribs and cracked ribs or whatever out there taking a punishment. You have guys out there flopping, it’s just bad for the game. Bad for the game and I’m glad we are finally making a stand on it.
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