Flopping is probably the worst part of the game, however, it definitely is it’s integral part and players have often flopped in different situations. Maybe the problem behind flopping is more discussed now then it was before, but the league has recognized this problem 10 years ago when players and fans started seriously complaining about it.
The NBA specifically said flopping has “no place in our game.” and in 2012 introduced rules that would penalize floppers. NBA increased the fines to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Everything over that could lead to a suspension.
Despite all these efforts, there are several players who are often caught flopping, sometimes even several times during one game. One of these recognizable players is James Harden who’s antics on the floor have been a hot topic for discussion for NBA analysts and casual fans. What is even crazier is that back in 2012, James Harden was one of the players congratulating league’s efforts to penalize floppers.
In 2012, James Harden said it was bound to happen that the NBA tightens its rules about flopping.
“It’s good. Guys can’t be flopping and get away with it anymore. It was bound to happen at some point. Obviously, the league got fed up with it and they put it in. I’m happy they did.”
During that time, Kobe Bryant also expressed his thoughts about the change in rules regarding flopping and said it was Vlade Divac who introduced flopping into the NBA.
“I like the rule. Shameless flopping, that’s a chump move. We’re familiar with it. Vlade (Divac) kind of pioneered it in that playoff series against Shaq, and it kind of worked for him.”
It obviously doesn’t matter if the NBA changed the rules a couple of years ago when it’s not being enforced properly, especially towards some players who are obviously abusing the system. Whether we like it or not, players will continue to flop if they have a chance, and it’s one the league to approach each case individually trying to find the best solution.