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The NBA to Snuff Out the Flopping Menace

San Antonio, Texas, U.S. - San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili of Argentina draws a charge on Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen during a San Antonio Spurs playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Down goes Ginobili.

It's always sort of amusing how offended American sports fans get about flopping. The idea of pretending you are hurt when you are not so that you might influence an official's call seems downright un-American, against the very notion of what sporting is. Rip the head off a defenseless receiver, and you're just jacking the guy up. Fall down violently from an innocuous graze, and you are threatening all sports fans hold dear. It's no wonder we're not very good at soccer.

Well, David Stern and the NBA have finally had enough of it. Ken Berger of CBS reported last night that the NBA is going to do what it can to ban flopping in the upcoming season. Though their plan won't do anything to stop you from throwing things at your television while the game is going on.

After meeting with their newly revamped competition committee two weeks ago in New York, the league anticipates that incidents of flopping will be adjudicated on a postgame basis with fines assessed for the offenses, a league spokesman said Thursday. "The procedures will likely involve a postgame review as opposed to calling it as an in-game infraction," the league spokesman said in a statement to CBSSports.com and other outlets.

As Berger points out, that isn't really going to solve anything; a fine after the game won't change the result of a flop-related call. (It won't make anybody feel any better to see that LeBron James had to pay 30 grand for a cheap win the night before.) But the idea is that this is just the first step, a warning shot across the bow for floppers everywhere. Manu Ginobili, beware!

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