Flop Star Paul Pierce will have to play some D this season.
It looks like the days of flopping in the NBA are numbered. The NBA competition committee is in the process of finalizing procedures that will penalize players who are observed trying to fake out NBA officials.
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The NBA is taking the NHL approach when it comes to combating the art of flopping, the act of falling down when minimal contact has been made with an opposing player in an effort to deceive the official into calling a foul.
Flopping reached a fever pitch in the NBA last season to the chagrin of commissioner David Stern. The commissioner promised during the playoffs that the issue would be addressed.
The procedure that will debut this season will involve a post-game review of the play which could result in a fine. The incident will not be reviewed by an official during the game.
New executive vice president of league officials Mike Bantom is giving a training camp to the NBA’s 62-man officiating staff which includes what to look for as it pertains to flopping.
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