"'Flopping' will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact."
The League reviews video after the fact to determine if a player flopped. If the player is guilty of flopping he is subject to a warning, followed by a $5,000 fine for a second violation. The fine will increase to $10,000 fine for third, $15,000 fine for the fourth and $30,000 fine for the fifth violation.
Commissioner David Stern had long sought to end flopping, believing it tricks the referees; and damages the integrity of the game. Flopping not only affects the integrity of the game, but provides fodder for fans to question the veracity and quality of the NBA's referees. After all if a referee cannot see a blatant flop, how are we as fans to believe he can correctly call a block-charge situation?
"I think one of the things that I'd just like to focus on is I think there's a perception out there that kind of throws into question sometimes the competence of our officials and even the integrity of them at times, and I think that that's not true to begin with and unfair, and I want to try and change that perception," said Mike Bantom, who had been the league's senior vice president of player development since 1999.
"It's good. Guys can't be flopping and get away with it anymore. It was bound to happen at some point. Obviously, the league got fed up with it and they put it in. I'm happy they did."
"Flops have no place in our game -they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call," vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said
Unfortunately the League instituted an Anti-Flopping rule with short, rounded, dull teeth. Fining the NBA players $5,000 is like fining the average working Joe $50 bucks.... It's practically pocket change.
The League will NOT allow Referees to make an on-court flopping call and penalize the flopper during the game - or allow the Referees to overturn a foul call once they see on replay that the player flopped. The League would rather take control of the whole flopping situation at NBA headquarters - and dole out "punishment" from there.
Blake Griffin obviously doesn't think the fines are a deterrent:
"...now you're telling me if it's Game 7 of the NBA Finals and a guy has a chance to make a play he's going to be like 'Well, do I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?" said Griffin
So the incentive to flop is still there on the court;; and the League's attempt at deterrent has failed. If a player can fool a referee into calling a foul on his opponent, he has gained an advantage for his team - and THAT is the only reason to flop.... to gain an advantage. A fine isn't going to stop a player from taking a dive if it means winning the game!
How about video replay? Shouldn't video replay be used to get calls right and make sure that a bad call doesn't affect the outcome of the game? They use it now in only certain circumstances. Things like making sure the clock has the right time, and determining if a player's foot was behind the 3-point line... Mundane stuff that, in the grand scheme of things, rarely matter. But when they go to the replay, referees cannot reverse a call made on the court - even if they see on the replay that it was a bad call. They cannot undo a mistake... A mistake that could potentially skew the outcome of the game.
The bottom line is that the League's Anti-Flopping rule is really nothing more than a weak PR ploy. If the League really wanted to get rid of flopping, they would allow the referees to make flopping calls on the court - allow the referees to reverse a foul call if they see a flop on replay - and assess a technical foul for the player that flopped. If the League takes away the incentive for flopping - along with instituting a more stringent fine schedule - then, and only then, will the League get rid of flopping.