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Kobe all in favor of league’s stance against flopping


LOS ANGELES — This season is the first that the NBA has entered with the realization (at least publicly) that flopping is a problem, and something that neither fans nor players enjoy seeing as a consistent part of the game.

The league has implemented a system where it will first warn, and then fine players for egregious and embellished displays of physical contact, defined as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.”

In other words, what Reggie Evans can be seen doing here.

Kobe Bryant was asked what he thought about the new rules against flopping, after he posted a triple-double in the Lakers blowout win over the Rockets. Not surprisingly, he is all for it.

“Thank God,” Bryant said. “It doesn’t belong here. We’re grown-ass men, you don’t need to be falling all over the place.”

It was an appropriate question, given this play that went down between Bryant and Houston’s Jeremy Lin midway through the fourth quarter on Sunday.

As for whether or not Lin flopped on the play, Bryant wasn’t sure. But he did seem to think it was possible, given Lin’s smaller stature in relation to his.

“Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. I don’t know,” Bryant said. “He’s too little man … he’s too little for me.”

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.