This is a special feature by guest blogger Christopher Sells.
Manu Ginobili had better crack open his wallet. So should Anderson Varejao, Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell, Fabricio Oberto, etc. Next season, the NBA will start to impose fines for flopping. Yes, really.
The specifics haven’t been made clear just yet, but I’m 100% on board of this. I grew up in the era where men were men and played defense as such. I die inside a little bit every time someone acts like they’ve been shot in an attempt to draw a referee’s whistle.
In a perfect world, the decisions of the in-arena observers and video reviewers would be similar to the technical foul rules, where you earned a suspension after a predetermined number of them were accrued. Imagine some of these players having to force themselves to play straight up man-to-man because their next flop would earn them a suspension.
I can’t wait to see where the NBA goes with this one. It’s a shame they can’t make it effective immediately.