Posts Tagged ‘flopping’

Van Gundy No Fan Of Flop Rule


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS –
Stan Van Gundy has a history of opposing the rule of law in regards to the rules handed down by the NBA. He did so as coach of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic and still does in his new role as an analyst and partner of the NBC Sports Network.

The latest mandate to draw Van Gundy’s ire is the league’s new flopping rule. Van Gundy told Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch he thinks the flop rule will flop terribly in both its aim and execution:

“I think the attempt to try to address it is a good thing but I don’t see the rule having much effect,” said Van Gundy, the former Magic coach who is transitioning this season to broadcasting with NBC Sports Network and Dial Global radio. “First of all, I think the only ones that you will see penalized are very, very egregious flops. I’d be surprise if it even got to one a game, and I think anybody who watches basketball knows that there is far more than one every game.

“And I don’t even think this is the NBA’s fault. I just think it’s impossible the way the rule is written where they can ‘crack down’ on it. I think they will make sort of a cursory attempt, and make it look like they are trying to do something about it.”

Van Gundy did exonerate the league to a degree, admitting that it’s nearly impossible to crack down on the problem with the way the rule is written. But do you think he has a point?

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Barea And Sloan Are NBA’s First Official Floppers

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – We have our first official flops of the 2012-13 season.

The league announced Monday that J.J. Barea of the Wolves and Donald Sloan of the Cavs received warnings for flopping in games played on Friday.

Early in the fourth quarter of the Wolves’ win over the Kings, Barea took a forearm to the face from Jimmer Fredette, who was actually called for an offensive foul on the play. But Barea’s arm actions were clearly deemed to be an exaggeration of the impact…

Again, here’s a the “flopping” definition from the league…

A “flop” is an attempt to either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call by exaggerating the effect of contact with an opposing player.

Sloan’s flop, on a play in the fourth quarter of the Cavs’ loss to the Bulls on which no foul was called, was far more entertaining…

That was some serious drama after what seemed like very little contact from Nazr Mohammed, who may have been moving just a little on that screen. Bravo, Donald Sloan. Bravo.

Since these was the first flopping violation for either player, they each just get a warning. If either flops again, they’ll be fined $5,000.

You can check for flopping updates on the league’s official page here on NBA.com.