Listen to Jon’s commentary:
A reporter asked Stern to comment on the $15,000 fine they laid on the coach of the Indiana Pacers for claiming, quite accurately, that his opponents, the Miami Heat, were “the biggest flopping team in the NBA.”
For those who don’t know, flopping refers to what players often do when they make incidental contact with an opposing player, which they try to turn into a foul against the opponent by flinging themselves to the floor as if the other guy had driven a truck into them.
Stern says the league punished that coach because he was trying to manipulate the refs, which is frowned on.
But he went on to say he thought it was time for the league to crack down on phony flopping. “It’s only designed to fool the referee,” noted Stern. “It’s not a legitimate play.”
I couldn’t agree more.
But countless players throughout the league do it, including a few Celtics (yes, Paul Pierce, this means you), because they can get away with it and it gives their team an edge "
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