The NBA is weighing whether or not to punish players for “flopping” in order to draw fouls, according to a report on the NBA’s website.
Commissioner David Stern met Monday with the league’s competition committee and discussed how to deal with the issue.
“We just want to put a stake in the ground that says this is not something that we want to be part of our game, without coming down with a sledgehammer but just doing it in a minimalist way to begin stamping it out.”
One of the options was a “postgame analysis” in which a player could be retroactively punished if the league determines he intentionally tried to deceive the referees by flopping. The NBA already reserves the right to upgrade or downgrade flagrant fouls after the game.
Should they decide on a course of action, it would have to be approved by the league’s board of governors, who will meet in July.
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