Alright, so I had to put this up. Now this is not an attempt to make fun of LeBron James… It’s a video that alludes to a major problem in the NBA, flopping.
In 2012, the NBA released guidelines in an attempt to stop flopping, but in actuality it just made flopping more rampant… Or we just pay more attention to it now that it’s illegal. According to Stu Jackson, Vice President of Basketball Operations, the rule states that “any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should – after a warning – be given an automatic penalty.”
Here are the penalties:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
I have a serious question that I would like to ask anyone within the NBA organization: What is a $30,000 fine (if it even gets to the 5th offense) to let’s say Chris Bosh, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Paul Pierce or Pau Gasol? Not much, and it sure hasn’t stopped them from doing it. I could see it affecting a player receiving the league minimum, but it sure doesn’t do anything to the stars in the NBA that make millions upon millions.
The NBA really needs to fix this issue or else it will start to be like soccer where flopping is taught and a part of the game (No offense to the soccer fans out there, I love soccer also).
Something needs to be done with this rule, the only proposal I have to the rule is to up the ante. Why not make the first offense $100,000? If they make it an amount that actually hits home, then maybe/hopefully they’ll stop.
The NBA was not built like this. All the previous NBA greats did not play like this. It’s time to make some changes to the rule, maybe take some drastic measures to eliminate it from the game completely. It better be done soon before it’s too late.