Originally Posted by WVRed
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.
You're right that it's nothing new. I'd even venture a guess that there was flopping before Coach K set up shop in Durham.
The difference now is that players are so much bigger stronger and faster than the referees, I think referees are having to deal with a lot worse angles on contact, and having to make many more judgement calls on questionable contact.