If you haven’t seen it yet, Steve Aschburner of NBA.com posted a blog entry which shared the thoughts of Drew Gooden and Scott Skiles on the NBA’s new anti-flopping rules. In short, they weren’t pleased. Skiles was typically succinct.
Skiles wasn’t interested in discussing the rule and its ramifications. “It doesn’t really matter what I think,” he said.
But isn’t it needed, some method to get the phony flops out of the game? Said the Bucks coach: “No.”
Gooden was much more detailed, pointing out the hypocrisy of fining players for a mistake made by the officials. He also fretted over the gray areas in deciding between a charge, a flop, and a no-call.
“I think the guys who are going to be in trouble are the guys who lead the league in [taking legit] charges,” Gooden said after Milwaukee’s morning workout. “Ersan had a play yesterday where Ekpe was about to take a real hard power-dribble and he anticipated it. He stood on his heels, he took contact and it was like a no-call. Is that a warning? Is that a violation? That’s gonna be the question.”
Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova may be the two Bucks players who stand to lose the most under the new system. Below is the unofficial data for charges drawn in the 2011-12 season from Hoopdata.com. Among all NBA players, Ersan finished fourth in charges drawn.
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The NBA announced the new rule and its penalties this week. Players will get a warning for the first violation, then a fine of $5,000 for a second infraction. The fines are upped for each subsequent offense: $10,000 for a third, $15,000 for a fourth, and $30,000 a fifth incident. Six or more could lead to a suspension.
The league deemed the calls as too difficult to make from the floor, so decisions on the violations will be made after officials review the game film for any alleged offenses.