David Stern's flopping policy has stamped out the flop, although it has also outlawed the charge which has negatively changed the way the game is played.[caption id="attachment_15109" align="aligncenter" width="489"] Photo Credit: Ralph Freso, AP[/caption] Remember when you were blowing up because someone that had mastered the charge or the 'flop' like Mr Ginobili got the better end of the whistle? It was a living nightmare for commissioner David Stern, for years he vowed to create a rule to punish the flopper's and deter them from ever doing it again. Well now he's got the better of them and surprise surprise, it's come down to money.
The NBA (David Stern) created the anti-flopping rule which was to hit players in the pocket for an act that had 'no place in our game'. It turned out to be the final straw in the battle to clear up the charging rule, although it's certainly had repercussions. Everyone in the league office can open a bottle of champaign to celebrate the removal of flopper's and I have no doubt some fans think like Stern and are happy as well. The system starts after a game. Any blocking or charge call that is seen as suspicious will make it to the attention of the match review. If the match review find what they think is a flop the player will receive a warning to discontinue the foul play. Then if repeated, fines range from $5000 to $30 000 and include suspensions. So far only Reggie Evans has reached the fine stage and even that has been on the lower scale. Now people's tastes vary but this is a severe blow to the defensive end of the game. If you're a guy who likes defence, you'll like a blocked shot, you'll like a 24 second shot clock violation and you'll like a charge. There is definitely demand for the charge call as when it happens in game at a crucial point in time the arena will go nuts, just as if a dagger 3 ball has been made. The charge is a strategic defensive maneuver and to see it non existent in the game today is saddening. It's also a get out clause for the Point Guard who is being backed down and abused by a Centre or Power Forward. This is a discouragement to play defence. Stern's just saying 'I know it's a win or lose situation but just let the guy dunk'. Does defence or does it not win championships? Removing the flop just turns the game into whoever can dunk the most wins, an NBA All Star game (there's a reason why we have only 1 All Star contest a year). Then defensively you would see it as whoever can stop the most dunks wins, which is why the defensive minded San Antonio Spurs won their 4 championships and why Miami are the reigning champions. Taking the charge is better than making a basket, it lifts a teams spirits and drains the other team and will therefore change the complexity of the game. Although the players are too worried about being fined so the charge has plunged into darkness. The league has stamped out the flop and the perfectly legal, defensive minded charge.
I don't know about you but I can put up with a flop every now and then just so I can see the genius and the determination of a player to put his body on the line to win a game. Comment in the section below.