NBA officially institutes Fines for Flopping
The penalties for flopping are as follows:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
Violations 6+: Player subject to further discipline
The NBA defines flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.” If a player makes physical contact with another player, he may not react in a manner that exceeds what would be reasonably expected of him.
This is a great new rule for the league, which had often been criticized for the abundance of flops on the court. The speed of the game is so fast that it's hard to blame the refs for falling victim to players who pretend they were fouled, so this is a great way to address the problem.
Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, said it best, saying, "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. 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.”
Some players, such as Anderson Varejao and everyone on the Miami Heat, will have to adjust their games accordingly. One of the few things wrong with our great National Basketball Association just might be solved.