Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 3:25 pm  |  34 responses

New Anti-Flopping Rules Introduced for the NBA Playoffs

The League announced today that they’re going to get tougher on floppers come Playoff time — the NBA will impose harsher penalties on players who get caught flopping during the postseason. Here’s the press release: “The NBA’s anti-flopping rule, adopted at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, had 24 violations during the 2012-13 regular season. Fourteen players received warnings while five players received a $5,000 fine for violating the anti-flopping rule twice. Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact are not deemed to be flops. Any player who is determined to have committed a flop during the 2013 Playoffs will be subject to the following: Violation 1: $5,000 fine, Violation 2: $10,000 fine, Violation 3: $15,000 fine, Violation 4: $30,000 fine. If a player violates the anti-flopping rule five times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.”

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  • RayJr

    If Ginobli plays he is going to go bankupt during the playoffs.

  • CubicleWorker

    I want to see free throws + possession just as a technical foul.

    I’m assuming $5K doesn’ t mean much to any player with serious minutes in the playoffs

  • Max

    Just 24?

  • D_Nuggets

    James Harden is quickly turning into one of the worst floppers in the NBA. He’s not as bad as Manu yet but if the refs don’t crack down on him he’s going to keep it up and get even worse.

  • pposse

    wtf 24 flops all season?! you have got to be kidding me. Way to show the world that the NBA hates flopping. I’ll be able to watch 24 flops in three games let alone a full season.

  • danpowers

    thats still too soft. if somebody is guilty of a flop, one game ban the first time. 2 games the second time. 3 the third and so on, plus the money. i dont want that classless sh*t in my sport. floppers should go n play soccer n leave it there where it belongs

  • mike

    i suggest the idea, $5,000 fine goes to the opponent that you flopped on. or if not all, maybe a percentage. If the flop is determined on Video after a game, the offensive player still is assessed a personal foul, which affects many factors such as playing time, playing style , and overall exposure….. just a thought

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Yay….more rules that won’t be enforced.

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  • bike

    Agree. The refs should be able to call that on the spot or at least after a quick video review. If they want to fine them in addition, that’s ok too but the team should be penalized for the offending player’s action.

  • Mariano

    Sounds like you haven’t been watching SA lately. Ginobili almost never flops nowadays

  • robb

    watch out Clippers!

  • i_ball

    It’s called football

  • i_ball

    24 flops is too low. When there is enough contact and a player exaggerates it I don’t think they review it as a flop.

  • Max

    Who cares, you know what he meant.

  • JAmes

    Doesn’t matter they don fine Stars for flopping… smh

  • danpowers

    not for us-americans and i guess thats the majority of the readers here. was just adjusting to the “audience”.
    but dude, that sport is so gay, it could be called f*gball. i hate how people in half the globe make it artificially a men’s domain. just coz millions of guys go into stadiums, beat each other up and act like monkeys doesnt make the sport more manly. they even have to jump around and constantly sing to make the whole issue somehow intesting so boring is what happens for most of the 90 minutes down there.
    i cant think of any ball sport allowing body contact which is softer than soccer/football. i f*ckin hate what they call fan culture over here in europe and the whole hype around this crap. absolutely annoying to get confronted with that bs every day.

  • Corky

    I hate anti flopping rules almost as much as I hating flopping?

    The refs/league should simply review the games and make a mental note of who is flopping around like a dolphin and call their games accordingly.

    “I got fouled!”

    Maybe you did, but since you flop around like a idiot most of the time, I assumed you were in your regular mode.

  • RayJr

    Oh yeah bc he doesn’t play.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    its actually fútbol, you fool

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he’ll be knocked out fast

  • i_ball

    I don’t want to start an argument about this.

  • danpowers

    you wouldnt have a point anyway

  • LP

    Shane Battier not called for one flop this year??? cmon..at least one…

  • Shaun

    You’re correct, sir. Funny though, women’s soccer (in U.S.) has about 99% LESS flopping than the guys does. It’s still boring to watch on T.V. and all that, but those male soccer players…FAIRIES!!! Plus…what sport do you play for 90+ minutes and allows 0-0 ties??

  • danpowers

    great example of how even the most absurd crap can be justified with “tradition”

  • i_ball

    The one that gives a chance to the underdog a bigger probability to get something out of a game.

  • i_ball

    Really. You will compare American pro sports fan culture to football. I’m sorry but the atmosphere in a NBA arena is not even close to champions league game. Look up some videos – Galatasaray, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, national teams etc.

    I have been to the most booooring football game and we never stopped sing all 40 000 of us on the stadium. You don’t need to have a great game to sing, jump and support your team. Fans have song about the players, the history of the club, the great wins of the club etc.

    Yes some games are dull but there some that take your breath away.

    How do you determine the “manliness” of a sport? contact? fans? rules? player behavior?

    I hate diving in football and think it should be punished harder than it is now but that doesn’t make the game that worse.

    But you know better than the other 80% of the world, sure

  • danpowers

    i didnt say anything about fan culture, just that the fan culture to me is annoying. i couldnt care less about the cave men standing on the side and doing their stuff. i was talking about the game itself. football is an obsolote game and its “heroes” are some skinny poles compared to the athleticism and power of rugby, american football, ice hockey or basketball athletes. the only thing in advance they generally should have is stamina but thats it.

    the world is buying into football just because it is there ever since and also because it is open for any dude to compete there. everyone can go on a lawn and kick a ball around. a little exaggerated how i put it but still somehow to the point. most other sports take way more effort and commitment than that game if you want to succeed on amateur or pro level. even many professional and even traditional clubs in soccer/football still use very obsolete training methods compared to other sports. i dont know what your preferred language is but use it to google it, youll find alot scientific research in sports science and sociology about it.

    its not so much about “manliness” but more about sportsmenship and the philosophy behind it and a tough mindset. in terms of “knightlyhood” football is dominated by a snakish / snitching / backstabbing mentality to sell contact, assaults, keeping a ball to let time expire even after out of bounds plays etc… speaks against anything that i as an athlete would consider as fair and right. the fifa by the way is also an extremely corrupt organization.

    you find sh*t like that in any sports but nowhere near to the extent as it is in football/soccer.

  • i_ball

    Actually football is hard to play. Everybody can kick a ball, no only a few can do stuff that most of the pro players in the top leagues do. It’s just the game is so huge world wide with so many team and players that it has room for players that are not exceptional.

    The diving is too driving me crazy in football as I’ve said. I don’t like that part of the game. The other stuff is just normal. As you said it’s everywhere.

    btw I’m not sure if the NBA or NCAA are so much better than FIFA in regards of corruption.

    I don’t want to convince you to like football/soccer. Just respect it even if you don’t like watching it

  • danpowers

    i grew up with that man, i even used to play it as i am german. i got the straight comparison to other sports. in terms of toughness regarding bodycontact and how athletes deal with it its way behind basketball. also training methods in soccer/football are not ahead of our time (thats not what i say by own experience, its just a fact in most teams, also professional squads)
    whats p*ssing me off tho is that it has the reputation to be a predominant man’s game which it clearly is not. i respect any professional athlete for making a carreer because that comes only with relentless effort and sacrifice, no matter if in ballett, football/soccer or synchronised swimming.

    if you compare the overall level of performance and requirements a sports main stage demands of its athletes, football is clearly obsolete and behind most us-sports. you cannot argue that its the best sports coz people like it the most. people also like charts pop music the most which is mostly rubbish and of an inferior quality compared to most music genres. people tend to embrace what they are given and what they get educated to like instead of actively questioning what they do and how they do it. that is how culture works. and that next to the easy access is the main reason why football/soccer is spread so broad over the globe.

    i also think that another aspect is how people can identify themselves with the guys. if you look at robben or messi, man these guys could also be bank accountants if you put them in a regular dress. you dont really see an impressive body being made for overhuman performance as you often see it in e.g. american football or basketball. take one of the big fellas like any of the toure studs and put em next to a basketball athletes, theyd just have the frame like raymond felton or nate robinson. who, compared to normal people are quite brutes but compared to the rest of the league dont appear as such impressive as many other guys in the league.

    dont get me wrong, i also like watching football/soccer games every once in a while. its just not so amazing when you analyze it and compare it to stuff like nba basketball. that lets the whole football thing appear quite inferior and then the hype starts to really get on ones nerves coz it looks quite… shallow

  • i_ball

    I never said football is the best sport, just that you don’t give it enough respect. I take basketball over it every day.

  • Allenp

    Lotta slurs in that rant.

  • danpowers

    excuse me, sir. lost my temper