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NBA to fine players for flopping up to $30,000

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The NBA announced today what the fines would be for players flopping.

Players will first be given a warning if caught flopping. Then if caught a second time will be fined $5,000, then $10,000, then $15,000 thousand and for a fifth time $30,000.

The NBA defines flopping as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player,” according to RealGM.

The league policing flopping has been a long time coming. Many believe flopping to be a huge problem in the NBA and this can hopefully cut down on it to some extent.

The problem is that by the definition provided by the NBA, players should be fined nearly every play. This will obviously only be for the biggest flops out there and it will be interesting to see which flops the NBA cracks down on first.

Many players in the NBA are known for flopping and the Oklahoma City Thunder have a few themselves. Kevin Durant up until last season got a lot of foul calls using the “rip through” move on jump shots from the perimeter. That wasn’t exactly a flop but was taking advantage of the rules.

James Harden is the biggest flopper for the Thunder mainly while on offense. He very much exaggerates the contact he receives on drives to the rim and could be one of the players that ends up getting fined a few times next season.

Then there is Nick Collison who may not be known for flopping exactly but excels at taking charges. Players who take charges will probably be affected by this new rule a lot as that always involves some degree of acting to get the call.

Russell Westbrook is probably the best player in the NBA who never flops. This is because he only knows how to play at full speed so there is no time to sit back and plot a flop.

The penalties don’t seem to sever right now but we’ll see just how often the NBA decides to hand out fines.

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