NBA adopts no-flopping rule with penalties

Vivlamore reporting.

The NBA will adopt an anti-flopping rule beginning this season, the league announced Wednesday.

According to a press release issued by the league, 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.

“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,” Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson said in the release. “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.”

Here are the penalties for flopping:

Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine

The league said it will announce at a later date a separate set of penalties for flopping that will apply during the playoffs.

Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.

- Chris Vivlamore

10 comments Add your comment


October 3rd, 2012
3:07 pm

Section 303

October 3rd, 2012
3:10 pm

Good for the NBA! Now, just need to get EPL soccer on board….

From the last blog… I the only Deshawn Stephenson fan? I think that guy is tough and a good defender. Not suprised at all that he was running with the starters.

Show me State

October 3rd, 2012
3:11 pm

This no flopping rule will blow up in the NBA’s face. Its too much that goes on to call it on anybody because everyone committs from time to time I don’t want to be reading on an ESPN ticker somebody has been fined for this act. Silly rule. Plain and simple.

Show me State

October 3rd, 2012
3:13 pm

*commits this from time to time.


October 3rd, 2012
3:31 pm

I like the concept – not sure how it will really work.


October 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

Yeah not sue how it will be enforced. I would think it would have to pretty obvious that a guy flopped. from watching a video, how can you tell with how much force a guy was hit with? My guess is a few scrubs will get a few warnings and maybe a fine. But will that fine Wade (one of the most notorious ones)?

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

303, I think Stephenson falls into the same bucket as many of these guys… capable for 12-18 minutes/game. I guess with enough of those guys on the roster, we should be able to substitute our way through a 48 minute game.

Astro Joe

October 3rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Jenkins and Scott both attended very high quality academic schools, so hopefully their learning curve won’t be elingated by deficient intelligence.


October 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

Hay, U guys, chk out the videos on U will see some back ground plays of Horford driving to the baskets and Benson getting another block on someone.

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