Flopping could come under video review
NBA commissioner David Stern is determined to stop the floppers, even if it takes until the next morning.
Stern said too many players are deceiving referees into calling fouls by falling down, or flopping. So he and the league’s newly reformed competition committee met Monday for a discussion about how flopping can be prevented.
One option, Stern said, is a “postgame analysis” in which a player could be penalized if it was determined he flopped. The league retroactively upgrades or downgrades flagrant fouls after review.
“We just want to put a stake in the ground that says this is not something that we want to be part of our game, without coming down with a sledgehammer but just doing it in a minimalist way to begin stamping it out,” Stern said.
BOBCATS PICK COACH
The Charlotte Bobcats reportedly hired St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap to replace Paul Silas as coach.
Dunlap, 54, coached former Mount Tahoma High and University of Washington guard C.J. Massingale at Metro State in Denver in 2003-04.
Dunlap was an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets (2006-08) as well as in the Pacific-10 Conference with USC (1986-89), Arizona (2008-09) and Oregon (2009-10).
He was originally one of the 10 candidates to interview, but the team trimmed the list to former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, Indiana assistant coach Brian Shaw and Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder last week.
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