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Thursday, October 4, 2012
'Sheed pleased with crackdown on floppers

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The NBA announced on Wednesday that it will penalize floppers this season, fining players for repeated violations of exaggerated falls to the floor.

New Knick Rasheed Wallace is all for it.

"Hey, you all thought I was crazy for saying it over the last so-and-so years. I ain't even gonna get into it, but yes," he said when asked if he was in favor of it. "They needed to bend on that."

Wallace raged against flopping for years, picking up quite a few of his 308 career technical fouls for arguing when he thought he was called for a foul because a player flopped.

Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace has had a discussion or two with refs over the issue of floppers.
Amare Stoudemire also approved of the new rule, saying it cleans up a negative element from the game.

"I think guys will still play the game the way they're accustomed to playing it," Stoudemire said. "But we do want to have a clean game when you play basketball. ... (The rule) takes out some of the acting on the basketball court."

RASHEED ON WOODY: Wallace, who retired in 2010, said on Wednesday that he only considered returning to the NBA for two coaches: Mike Woodson and Larry Brown.

He played under both in Detroit in 2003-04, when the Pistons won the NBA title. Brown was the head coach of that Detroit team and Woodson was the defensive-minded assistant.

On Wednesday, Wallace talked about his relationship with Woodson.

"Him and I, we went and traveled that long road when we were in Detroit. His overall demeanor, his respect for his player, his respect for the game, it makes it easy (to play for him). He makes it easy for me to come back. I didn't have to fight with myself like OK, should I do this, or should I do that?"

No, once Woodson came calling, Wallace knew he wanted back in.

AMARE FEELS GREAT: Last season during training camp, Stoudemire was a bit out of basketball shape. He wasn't able to play basketball during the lockout because of a back injury and was carrying 15 extra pounds of muscle. He went on to struggle through one of the toughest seasons of his career.

On Wednesday, after the second day of camp, Stoudemire talked about how different he felt from a year ago. Stoudemire entered this yea's camp in peak condition and seems primed for a bounce-back season.

"I'm in great shape and I feel it, and my body feels it," Stoudemire said. "It's awesome to be in this position."

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