NBA Commissioner David Stern feels that too many players are deceiving referees into calling fouls by exaggerating the severity of a foul by falling down, or ‘flopping‘. He and the league’s newly reformed competition committee met on Monday to discuss how flopping can be prevented.
One option provided by David Stern is a “post-game analysis” which would allow for a player to be penalized after the fact if it was later determined that he was committing a flop.
The league currently allows for retroactively upgrading or downgrading flagrant fouls following review.
Present at the meeting was coaches: Doc Rivers of Boston, Rick Carlisle of Dallas and Lionel Hollins of Memphis; owners: Dan Gilbert of Cleveland and Joe Lacon of Golden State; and general managers Bryan Colangelo of Toronto, Sam Presti of Oklahoma City, Mitch Kupchak of the LA Lakers and Kevin O’Connor of Utah.
Hear what David Stern had to say about ‘flopping’ a few days before the meeting was held: