While a lot of players have said they like the NBA’s new policy of fines for flops and hope that it starts to curtail the embellishment of contact in the NBA, not everyone does. There are concerns about enforcement, about unintended consequences, about a few things.
You can add Bucks forward Drew Gooden to the list above. He told Steve Aschburner of NBA.com that he expect guys known for drawing charges are going to now draw fines. Fair or not.
“I think the guys who are going to be in trouble are the guys who lead the league in [taking legit] charges,” Gooden said after Milwaukee’s morning workout. “Ersan [Ilyasova] had a play yesterday where Ekpe [Udoh] was about to take a real hard power-dribble and he anticipated it. He stood on his heels, he took contact and it was like a no-call. Is that a warning? Is that a violation? That’s gonna be the question….
“I think we’re making too many rules each year,” Gooden said. “It seems like the last five years, it’s been a new rule every year. Technical fouls are up. Hand gestures to the ref. It’s taking away from the game.”
David Stern said today that the league will be “conservative” on enforcement. We’ll see what that means, and what the impacts turn out to be. Not all of them will be expected.
Another point from Gooden — shouldn’t the referees have consequences for the calls?
Gooden added: “The refs should be fined if they call a flop as an offensive foul, how ’bout that? If they get fooled, they should get fined or they should get a warning.”