The NBA announced yesterday that it was finalizing a new policy to deal with floppers—players who exaggerate the effects of incidental contact to draw fouls on their opponents.
Following a recent meeting of the league’s competition committee, the NBA decided on a plan to identify flops via post-game review and to issue fines accordingly. Officials would not have the responsibility of calling flops during games. (For this reason, the flopping policy doesn’t count as a rule change and doesn’t need approval of the league’s Board of Governors.)
So players will still be able to gain a competitive advantage by taking a dive, but they’ll have to weigh the rewards of gaining possession, sticking their opponent with a personal and team foul, and possibly taking a couple foul shots with the cost of involuntarily donating several thousand dollars to the NBA’s charitable endeavors.