Five for Friday

May, 18, 2012
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Mason By Beckley Mason
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From HoopIdea to Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel to NBA commissioner David Stern, flopping has been a topic of conversation during the NBA playoffs.

So this week, Five for Friday spotlights HoopIdeas from Twitter, ESPN comments, Grantland and Google+ that detail how the league can address flopping, and how anti-flopping rules would be enforced.

DO AWAY WITH THE BLOCK/CHARGE CALL

We need to start thinking about block-charge calls in an entirely different way. We need to realign the incentives for players on the court. We need to discourage any play that forces the referee to make a call. We need to urge players to play the game as if the officials weren't there, and not require such taxing use of their imaginations to do so. We need to do as much as possible to restore basketball to its purer, less whistle-prone, origins. We need to let the game breathe. -- Eamonn Brennan on ESPN’s College Basketball Nation Blog

BUILD A FLOP COMMITTEE

How about the NBA creates the proposed Flop Committee? If you accrue flops during the season, you start the next game with an automatic foul. And that keeps going every two flops after the first six. — Sam, New Orleans

Simmons: I'd go even further — once you get to 10 flops for the season, after every ensuing flop, you start the next game with TWO automatic fouls. -- From the April 20, 2012 Bill Simmons Mailbag on Grantland

PENALTY FOR "EMBELLISHMENT"

Whenever a player exaggerates the contact between he and another player, the referee can call a foul on the player who exaggerated the contact regardless of who committed the actual foul. This would surely discourage excessive flopping. Also, it would have an immediate impact on the game the exaggerated contact occurred, as opposed to a review process which would produce a punishment at a later date. -- Chris Nichols (A similar rule is already in place in the NHL)

ENFORCE FLOPS AS TEAM VIOLATIONS

Treat flops like 3 second violations. Offensive flop -- turnover. Defensive flop -- 1 free throw and the ball. -- Adam Schleman from the TrueHoop Comments

PENALIZE FLOPS LIKE ILLEGAL DEFENSE

They should [penalize flopping] like the illegal defense, except shoot free throws on the first flop. -- Keith Schoultz via Twitter.

Check out previous Five for Fridays: May 11 | May 4 | April 27 | April 20 | April 13 | April 6 | March 30| March 23 | March 16 | March 9

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You can give us your ideas and talk with us and other fans in the following places:
And for the truly ambitious: Shoot a short video of yourself explaining your HoopIdea, upload it to YouTube and share the link with us on Twitter or Google+.
Beckley Mason is an NBA contributor for ESPN.com.

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