Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Its pretty pathetic actually. And its a reason that I can't stomach watching much if any of the NBA playoffs. The superstars have always gotten the calls, but it gets a little difficult to watch when the Heat are constantly complaining to the officials. Every time there is some level of contact the Heat are looking the officials to call it or over zealously flopping.
Its pretty sad what has happened to D Wade. The guy at one point was one of the most admired player in the NBA. He was tough as nails, would fall down and get back up, immortalized in a Gatorade commercial. But now he has become a clown. A player on the downside of his career who is resorting to all kinds of dirty measures to gain any advantage. The guy who used to stand in there and take hits from the best is falling down if an opponent looks at him.
My thoughts on flopping is this:
1. It's nothing new, and I do agree it cheapens the game. Problem is, it's something that you can trace back to college basketball and probably AAU/high school. A coach who has been called the Modern Day John Wooden has utilized the flop all throughout his coaching career and this coach represents the United States in the Olympics every four years. (Coach K for those scoring at home).
2. The NBA is fining players for flopping, but these are multimillionaires who care only about winning and the glory. Taking it a step further, who should be held responsible, the player who sold the ref on the charge, or the ref who made the horrendous call?
My answer is both: If you want to fix flopping, start giving refs authority to call a technical foul on players who flop. Start hurting the players in the game as well as fining them for it. But it will never happen.