By Kyle Boenitz, Project Spurs.com
San Antonio Spurs fans love Manu Ginobili, and some would even argue that he’s not a flopper, but around the NBA, Manu has a reputation for taking a dive every once in a while. Most of the time it works out for the scrappy Argentinean, getting foul calls that he wouldn’t normally get if he didn’t act a bit, but the NBA wants to put a stop to it.
The league announced on Wednesday that they’re going to start punishing players for flopping, going to a video review system after the game is over. The first offense will be a warning but after that it starts getting expensive. Second offense is a $5,000 fine, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth, $30,000 for the fifth and then possible suspension after that. To put this in perspective, players have to get 16 technical fouls before they’re fined $5,000, the penalty after just two flops.
It seems extreme, but it’s a proactive move by the NBA.
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