The NBA announced a stiff penalty for flopping Wednesday. Defenders’ theatrics – exaggerating a fall to the floor in attempt to draw a charge – will be fined if the league determines their reaction was excessive. Per the Associated Press:
Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.
The Lakers’ Metta World Peace spoke with reporters about the charge/flop issue. Overall, he isn’t a fan of flopping and never has been. He gave credit to Derek Fisher, Shane Battier and Chuck Hayes for their ability to get into good position to take legitimate charges. Then he used a reporter to demonstrate how easy it is for an average-sized guy to stand his ground as opposed to flopping.
While I applaud the NBA’s decision to fine excessive actors, the real correction that needs to be made in both the pro and college game is the referee’s training on calling the charge/block call. It’s easily the toughest call in basketball, but it’s also the most easily missed.