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Washington Wizards on NBA Flopping

Updated: October 5, 2012

Now a finable offense?
JaVale McGee flops versus Dwight Howard.

Flopping has become the fashioable conversation of distraction heading into this new, full season of NBA basketball. In all likelihood, there will be less time (and fine money) spent on flopping in year one than efforts spent on conversation leading up to implimentation. With that said, if I lived in Las Vegas and they had odds on which NBA player will be the first to get fined under the new rule, I’d take part. {Blake Griffin! … or wait, Anderson Varejao!!}

Otherwise, having any sort of rule is fine (but we’ll see about that anyway), and the decision to implement penalities after-the-fact (at least from the start), as opposed to during games, is also fine. This will allow the ultimate decision to be more consistent, instead of in the hands of whatever referee is judging whatever game in whatever venue on a nightly basis.

But what do various Wizards think?

Kevin Seraphin

“That’s a good thing. That’s a good thing,” said big Kevin Seraphin. “Definitely, I’m not flopping,” he said. (Has any NBA player actually admitted to flopping since the inception of the rule?)

“Now I can really go hard and play tough like I used to do.” {smiles}

Bradley Beal

“I’m not a fan of it. I mean, it’s kind of hard to tell whether guys are flopping or not. If it’s a rule, you can’t argue with it, but personally myself, I don’t like guys flopping,” said the rookie Beal.

 Trevor Ariza

“I don’t know how they’re going to be able to tell if somebody’s flopping or if they’re not flopping, but hopefully it does help the game out, make the game cleaner, but I don’t know how it’s going to work,” said veteran Trevor Ariza. He declined to call out any of the NBA’s notorious floppers by name.

“I wouldn’t even say that they’re floppers, they’re just good at getting fouls called,” he slightly backtracked… before citing Kevin Martin — one of his “boys” — for his ability to draw fouls.

Brian Cook

“I’m a big guy taking charges and things like that. I guess they want to see that contact, and the real contact and guys not faking it,” said nine-year veteran Brian Cook.

“So I think it will help the game out a lot. I think for TV it will help a lot — guys aren’t getting called with those fake fouls.”

Martell Webster

“This game is an art, so to actually take that part away… I think the game needs it,” said relatively young veteran Martell Webster (he’s entering his eighth NBA season at age 25).

“It gives the game character. I personally don’t like flopping, sometimes, but on the other end of the spectrum, when you got to do it sometimes, it can come out being a big thing, has a big impact and a big result. So the fact that they’re actually going really stay tuned and focused on that, I don’t think they should. I really don’t think they should.”

Jan Vesely

“I don’t know. I don’t want to talk about it,” evenutally sumized Jan Vesely after some internal wrangling. Poor Honza, he  just wants to play the basketball.

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