NBA announces anti-flopping rules during 2013 playoffs

April 18, 2013

The NBA today established the league’s anti-flopping disciplinary schedule to be used during the 2013 Playoffs.

Under the new rules, any player who is determined to have committed a flop during the 2013 Playoffs will be subject to the following penalties:

Violation 1 -- $5,000 fine
Violation 2 -- $10,000 fine
Violation 3 -- $15,000 fine
Violation 4 -- $30,000 fine

If a player violates the anti-flopping rule five times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.

“Flopping” is defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.

Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact are not deemed to be flops.

The NBA’s anti-flopping rule, adopted at the start of the 2012-13 season, had 24 violations during the 2012-13 regular season. Fourteen players received warnings, while five players received a $5,000 fine for violating the anti-flopping rule twice.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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