Thursday, May 29, 2008


The NBA is finally going to start cracking down on flopping. Last night, Rasheed Wallace most eloquently characterized the state of flopping in the league:

"All that bull(bleep)-ass calls they had out there. With Mike [Callahan] and Kenny [Mauer] -- you've all seen that (bleep)," Wallace said. "You saw them calls. The cats are flopping all over the floor and they're calling that (bleep). That (bleep) ain't basketball out there. It's all (bleeping)entertainment. You all should know that (bleep). It's all (bleeping)entertainment."

This drama infusion of professional basketball has become pervasive (including a few Jazzmen). While I like that the league is addressing this, I'm also concerned that this new policy takes the burden off of officials. To keep the pressure on officials, fines should also be extended to those who are regularly duped. Let's hope that this is the beginning of the end of taking dives.


Ryan said...

Enough with the soccer cheap shots. In soccer you can be carded for taking a dive; it is about time the NBA followed soccer's example.

I also thought is was interesting that the NBA admitted that Barry was fouled at the end of Game 4. The subjectivity of NBA officiating is infuriating, but at least they have the integrity to admit when they are wrong.

The Golden Griff said...

My apologies to soccer fans. The post has been edited