DALLAS (CBS SPORTS) – Dirk Nowitzki is calling foul on the NBA’s new anti-flopping policy.
The league has installed a tiered multiple-offender system to try to combat more and more players simulating contact for a call. The first offense is a warning, but after that it’s cash fines — with the sixth offense possibly resulting in a suspension.
Dirk though, isn’t a fan. “If you play me physical then, obviously, I got to sell the call and get to the line. That’s just part of the game,” Nowitzki said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I think it’s a bunch of crap to be honest with you.”
Dirk isn’t alone in his feeling of the league’s crackdown on flopping. Blake Griffin said, “It’s a good way for the NBA to get more money,” while Manu Ginobili, a well-known flopper, said it was going to be hard to differentiate between exaggerating contact and flopping.
The penalties for flopping are fairly minor considering how much NBA players make. And you can be sure that the league isn’t going to be very cautious in handing out these fines. The fact they’re warning players first will set a bar on what’s crossing the line.
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