While many players, coaches and fans have come out as vocal proponents of the new measures, it’s still unclear how the process will work.
Which flops will be deemed worthy of punishment and which will be allowed to slide? Which types of flops will draw the most attention? Trying to draw charges on defense? Embellishing in hopes of getting to the free throw line on offense?
Everyone is about to start finding out.
“My fear is that they’re going to find some fresh Harvard Business School intern in the league office to be the flop reviewer — flop czar, the flop czar! — fresh out of the HBS and his or her highest level of basketball probably will be intramural,” Battier said. “And they’re making some potentially lucrative financial decisions. So I don’t know. I don’t know how they’re going to administer it.”
The system will likely evolve as the season goes on, and players will adjust. But it will take some time.
“It’ll mess up a lot of people’s games,” Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins said. “Maybe some of these All-Stars won’t be All-Stars after that.”
It certainly is a label that applies to some of the game’s biggest stars, including a few on the Heat as they marched to the championship last season.
“I don’t know how they’re going to gauge what’s a flop and what’s not a flop,” LeBron James said. “Sometimes it’s obvious, but it doesn’t change my approach, honestly. I think it’ll be good in the paint, though. When you’re posting guys up and guys know they’re smaller than you, they just take one bump and they already know before you even touch them the next time that they’re going to automatically fall.”