NBA can't afford to let its new ruleflop

Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Jeffrey Tomik

Flopping has never been more prevalent in sports.

It's origins are believed to begin in soccer, but the European influence in the NBA turned it into a trend in basketball, too.

Even the gridiron has the occasional dramatized dive in an attempt to draw a flag.

The excuse by habitual offenders? If it helps the team win, there's nothing wrong with it.

But there is something wrong about faking a fall to deceive officials, and it's time to take a stand.

The NBA is sick of it and announced Wednesday it will fine repeat floppers.

Players first will get warned, then fined $5,000 for the second time and as much as $30,000 for a sixth offense.

"Flops have no place in our game," vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said in a statement.

The hilarity of watching an untouched 7-footer drop to the ground as if he had just taken a Mike Tyson haymaker doesn't outweigh how the maneuver ruins the game.

Let's hope the fall of flopping has begun.

- Jeffrey Tomik

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