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October 30, 2012

Refs will be enforcing new no-flop rule as season begins tonight

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NORMAN —

The league is trying to give them some help.

Officials will monitor games and review plays that could have included an egregious flop after the game is over. Everyone gets one warning, but after that, the bills start piling up. The second offense will cost a player $5,000, a third will go to $10,000. Four flops and it’s $15,000 and a fifth will be a whopping $30,000.

“I hope that they give the offensive floppers the same amount of time and dedication that they’re going to to the defensive floppers,” said Heat forward Shane Battier, who has been accused of flopping ever since his days at Duke at the turn of the century. “Because flopping’s a problem. Flopping is a silent killer. It really is a silent killer. It’ll be interesting to see how they administer that.”

Some think it’s been a long time coming. Miller pioneered the move that Wade used in that video, kicking his leg out as he released his jumper to draw contact and try to force a call from an official. Paul Pierce has attempted over 8,500 free throws in his career thanks in part to coercing officials into blowing a whistle as he drives to the basket. And Divac nearly led the Kings to an upset of the Lakers while hitting the deck every time Shaquille O’Neal even brushed against him in the paint.

“Back in the ’80s, they didn’t flop,” said the Lakers’ Metta World Peace. “Flopping is very stupid. It’s not even basketball. I don’t know who taught people to flop. It’s ridiculous. Just make the right call. But it’s not my league. I think it looks bad on TV, too. When you’re in the playoffs and somebody flops, and there’s all this money on the line, it’s terrible.”

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