DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Mark Cuban has long been a harsh critic of officiating in the NBA. But now, with the help of biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University, Cuban is out to help NBA officials.
The issue at hand is flopping, or as school officials describe it, “a player’s deliberate act of falling, or recoiling unnecessarily from a nearby opponent, to deceive game officials.”
The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. has awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund an 18-month research study at SMU. The objective of the research is to “investigate the forces involved in typical basketball collisions”
“The issues of collisional forces, balance and control in these types of athletic settings are largely uninvestigated,” said SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who leads the research team. “There has been a lot of research into balance and falls in the elderly, but relatively little on active adults and athletes.”