By Josh Foreman
The NBA is now starting to crack down on the growing problem of “flopping,” where players act out or exaggerate contact in order to a get a foul call in their favor.
Cracking down on flopping is an enormous step for the NBA as it has been a problem that has plagued the league. Players have already been fined for flopping, and fines will continue to be handed out to players who try to cheat.
Fining players not only eliminates flopping, but also punishes the players who choose to cheat. Flopping is a serious problem in the NBA because it is wrongly gives players an advantage and punishes players who do not deserve to be punished. Even worse, flopping is a league-wide phenomenon that particularly benefits the superstars. It is a well-known theory that superstars get foul calls in their advantage simply because they are superstars. Flopping is just another area where superstars can exaggerate a play to get more calls in their favor. Fining players who choose to flop is the perfect first step in making the league fairer to teams who aren’t built on superstars and win their games by playing team basketball instead.
The NBA in the 1980s and ‘90s was known for tough and “down and dirty,” type play. Flopping is just another example of how today’s game has gotten “softer.” Officials have never played a bigger role in determining the impact of games than they do today, and the simplest form of contact now draws a whistle. Flopping was only contributing to this problem. Now that the NBA has implemented penalties for those who choose to cheat, basketball should start to return to its days of toughness.
Finally, it seems fair that in certain situations, players who flop should not only be fined, but suspended for a certain number of games as well. First, the superstar players who flop make enough money where a fine of $25,000 dollars doesn’t mean nearly as much as a missed game would. The players who flop are choosing to cheat the game, and that has no place in the league or in sports in general.
In conclusion, NBA officials are making the right decision by fining players for flopping. Flopping has plagued the game for years, and the time has come to punish those who cheat the game.
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