Clippers react to NBA's anti-flopping rule

October, 3, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin simply smiled Wednesday when asked about the new anti-flopping penalties in the NBA this season.

"It's a good way for the NBA to get more money," Griffin said.

The new rules, announced Wednesday by the league, state players will get a warning the first offense, and will then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 for the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.

"I guess it's good in the sense that it stops any of that from happening but at the same time you're telling me if it's Game 7 of the NBA Finals and a guy has a chance to make a play, he's going to be like, 'Well, do I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?' Do you know what I mean?" Griffin said. "It's one of those things that's after the fact and not going to win or lose games for anybody."

Griffin has been one of the more high-profile players in the league accused of flopping by opponents but didn't think the rule necessarily applied to him or the Clippers. He was still unsure how it would affect games next season with the punishments coming after the games are over.

"It's good in a sense that it'll cut down on [flopping] but the whole idea of that is to not have it affect the way the game is going," Griffin said. "And as of now it has no affect on it."

Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he and other NBA coaches talked about a possible flopping rule during meetings a couple of weeks ago in Chicago but was still unsure how it would change the game.

"It's going to be interesting to see how they view that from a league perspective," Del Negro said. "It's a rule and we're going to have to abide by that. If that's what the commissioner wants to do and the competition committee wants to do, we'll adhere to it. We're going to discuss that a little bit more later [with the team]. The rule came out today and we just played in a scrimmage so we'll talk about it. I don't really see any of our guys having issues with it, per se. It's going to be a feeling-out process for everybody, in terms of how you're going to handle certain things."

Del Negro felt today's players are perhaps more scrutinized when it comes to flopping than in the past because of enhanced technology.

"I just think there's more cameras, more HD, there's social media networks and everything," Del Negro said. "There's just so much more coverage on things that it gets exposed a little bit more."

When Clippers forward Caron Butler was told about the rule, he said he hadn't heard about it before but thought it would be a good thing for the league.

"I don't think we have a flopping problem on this team," Butler said. "I don't watch a lot of other teams and I didn't have the luxury of watching other teams last year with the condensed schedule but over the years you see some calls and some plays that you say, 'He sold it.' If they got (a new rule) in place, it's probably better for the game."

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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