Report: NBA nearing new policy on flopping penalties

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Last season, concerns about flopping rocketed up the list of NBA issues. It’s not like flopping was anything new to the NBA, but it was in the spotlight and gathering attention. Basketball was drawing soccer comparisons.

And if there is one thing David Stern can’t tolerate, it’s the image of the NBA being sullied (lockouts aside).

So the NBA is going to have a new policy on it, tweeted both the New York Times Howard Beck and the Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney. This sums it up well.

 

I think this is a good step. While referees can still call flopping to ask them to determine motive and action at the time of the foul is both often very difficult and would slow the game down. Better for guys to get a fine later and have that be the deterrent.

But you can bet there are going to be some borderline calls this year that will lead to controversy. Just wait.