Wizards applaud new flopping rule

Wizards applaud new flopping rule
October 12, 2012, 10:15 am
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There’s nothing like taking money out of a player’s pocket to get his attention.
That’s what the NBA promises to do this season when its new flopping rule goes into effect.
Frustrated and embarrassed by players embellishing contact under the basket, the NBA will begin fining offending players for flagrant flopping.
On the first offense players will get a warning, followed by fines of $5,000 for a second violation; $10,000 for a third; $15,000 for a fourth; and $30,000 for a fifth. Six or more offenses could lead to a suspension.
“Flops have no place in our game,” NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said in a statement. “Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the competition committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should, after a warning, be given an automatic penalty.”

So how do the Wizards feel about the crackdown on flopping?

“We were just talking about it,” said Wizards center Emeka Okafor. “There are a few floppers out there who probably won’t like it. I’m not going to name names, but we’re happy that it’s in effect.
“For your more physical player, like Nene and I, flopping tends to be a bigger issue, so I think we’ll benefit from that. It just makes the game cleaner.”
Wizards coach Randy Wittman says he’s not putting too much emphasis on the NBA’s crackdown on the league’s biggest offenders.
“Officiating is officiating,” Wittman said. “Flopping, I think, is the biggest issue. I don’t get too much into worrying about the officials and I don’t want our guys getting mixed up in that either. There really isn’t anything new.  It’s the same old stuff since [basketball inventor James] Naismith.”
So who’s the worst flopper in the NBA? Some say it’s the Heat’s Lebron James; others say Utah’s Raja Bell or the Heat’s Shane Battier.
The Wizards? As you might expect, they’re keeping those opinions to themselves.

“This game is an art, so to actually take that part away, I think the game needs it,” said forward Martell Webster. “It gives the game character. I personally don’t like flopping, but on the other end of the spectrum, when you do it, sometimes it can have a big impact.”
Wizards forward Trevor Ariza said he thinks the new rules on flopping might put too much responsibility on referees to call fouls.
“I don’t know how they’re going to be able to tell if somebody’s flopping or if they’re not flopping, but hopefully it does help the game out, make the game cleaner,” Ariza said. “But I don’t know how it’s going to work.”

Veteran big man Brian Cook agreed, saying it will be tough for referees to determine real fouls from embellished ones.

“I’m a big guy taking charges and things like that,” he said. “I guess they want to see real contact and guys not faking it. I think it will help the game out a lot. I think for TV it will help a lot — guys aren’t getting called with those fake fouls.”