Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  23 responses

David Stern Wants to Change Rules on Flops, Flagrants and Olympics

We’ve known for quite some time now that NBA Commissioner David Stern is pushing for certain rule changes. Stern crystallized what he’s looking for last night, in a chat with reporters. Per the AP: “David Stern wants to take a closer look at flopping and referees to be able to take a second look at all flagrant fouls. And the NBA commissioner isn’t sure he wants to see his veteran players in the Olympics anymore. Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday the league is committed to sending top players to the Olympics only through London, and then wants to look into saving them just for the world basketball championship and having the Olympics reserved for those 23 and under, as soccer does. That discussion will happen later with FIBA, basketball’s world governing body. First, Stern has some changes he wants to talk over with the recently changed Competition Committee. He has previously urged a crackdown on flopping, the art of players falling down to make officials believe they were fouled. He called for a ‘not instant, but thorough review.’ [...] ‘I think we are going to approach something that many tell me is impossible, which is deciding whether someone was acting or was actually, and thereby tending, intending to trick the fans, and the referees; or, whether there was a legitimate reason for that particular person to go sprawling,’ Stern said. ‘And then the question is, what to do in that case, and that’s the kind of discussion that I look forward to having with the committee.’”

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  • Reggie06

    Yea so do i, but not for olympics

  • carp

    It all sounds good, except for the Olympics part. Let whoever wants to play, play!

  • Zach

    Flopping and flagrants I’m in agreement. But the Olympics is a chance for players to go play for their country, let’s not rob them of that opportunity because of age.

  • Bt

    What about changing the rules so that draft lotteries can no longer be rigged?

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    If you think its a flop, DON’T CALL THE FOUL! WTF is so hard about that concept???

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance David Stern

    @BT- Being that there is no official “rule” on the rigging of the lottery, nothing can be changed at this time.

  • Mike Mihalow

    They need to look at superstar/superteam favoritism in their referring more than flopping.

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  • Beavis

    how about stop fixing Heat games?

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    That olympics rule sucks, it works better in soccer because they hit their prime way earlier than basketball players.

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  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    If they’re only sending 23 and under, why even send pro players? Just change it back to College. That’s stupid.

  • bdogg

    london is one thing..lets fast forward to 2016..i am sure nike will approve druant not playing…good try stern..not your call if nike is really in charge of usa bssketball. have under 23 for world games! big boys for the olympics!

  • ash

    If there flopping fine the players $5 grand

  • Lloyd

    @dfrance, refs are under a lot of pressure to make calls based on contact they see. That perception is skewed when you see a guy look like he just got assaulted based on him flailing and flying. Depending on their angle, it may look pretty realistic in real time. They should have a 4th ref on the sidelines watching video replays in slow motion to see if there was a flopping job. They should give an automatic foul to any guy who flops at the the next dead ball upon review.

  • barnabusb

    Here are the steps to solving the flopping problem:

    1) Stop rewarding players for exaggerating by calling fewer fouls and letting incidental contact go.
    2) Get a 4th ref on the floor.
    3) Get younger refs.
    4) Get a 5th person watching an HD feed of all the footage. Give the 4 refs on the floor wireless ear pieces and mics so they can communicate with the 5th video person on missed/controversial calls. Video person can already have it queued up and viewed in slow-mo 5 times by the time the refs walk to the scorer’s table and can give the floor refs the definitive, correct call through their earpieces.

    You’re welcome, Stern.

  • guahan

    sorry stern you don’t control the whole world u freakin nazi. Just cause you don’t like the olympics doesn’t mean we should change anything about it. A lot of players from different countries consider bringing pride to their home more important than winning in their professional leagues.

  • Scot Peirson

    It was only a matter of time before La Commish started saying that he didn’t want NBA players going to the Olympics…after he had been removed from having input regarding the team (both players and coaches) after the 2004 Athens debacle. You remember, Allen Iverson AND Stephon Marbury on a team coached by Larry Brown??!? The slide had really started at Sydney in 2000, but had really started to go with the 2002 World Championship team.
    In a way, this is his implied threat to USA Basketball–he wants his input back. He doesn’t get it, he THINKS he can/will hold the NBA players out. I’d like to see what happens if he tries to hold the players out from participating for the National team and (first of all) they go anyway, and (secondly) USAB decides to go to FIBA about the NBA. After all, Stern has been so concerned about expanding the NBA’s borders with the NBA players…I’d like to say that he’s losing it, but with Stern, it’s been gone for awhile.

  • ab40

    I’d rather have the big boys play at the olympics and the u23 for the WC hell that’s whay they did this time. In 2010 only iggy, billups and odom were older than that. Spain also wasn’t at full strength. The Olympics is the bigger event. The WC has almost no exposure in the US it’s less popular and there is less exposure for the nba brand. But this is nba and us only. One time in three years off is a good one for the other international teams. But still what has the nba have to do to govern the fiba or the national basketball federations. Stern is one of the if not the best commisionair in all of sports for the last three decades but this is too much. Btw keep the old goaltending rules, change the offensive goaltending. And hire extra people to hand out technicals for exccesive flopping.

  • ab40

    let me rephrase that. The exposure of basketball worldwide will be less when the pro’s only play at the WC.

  • JC

    Problem with flopping is that it has become so common, the refs won’t call a foul unless you flop.

    Maybe David Stern should change rules back to where the athletes play on hardwood floors again, instead of banana peels.

  • Musicaliyani

    David Stern needs to GOOOOOO! out of the NBA, he sucks! Let them play in the olympics stupid old man.