Perhaps everyone will agree that flopping has hurt the NBA. Not just the NBA, but the credibility of the game itself. The NBA has implemented anti-flopping rules and have actually penalized players for flopping, yet the rule is hardly effective. Coaches will deny that it is a tactic that they instruct to their players, and players will also deny that they flop. But it happens every game.
Recently, a fine was charged to Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen for selling a call (and actually succeeding). Videos of the incident spread all over the internet and it caught the NBA’s attention. His coach, Lionel Hollins, airs his support for the anti-flopping rule.
In response to the NBA’s $5,000 flopping fine on Grizzlies guard Tony Allen after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins conceded the league’s anti-flopping rules were appropriate and could possibly be enforced more widely.
“Flopping isn’t a part of the game and it shouldn’t be a part of the game,” Hollins said. “That’s why we have rules in place. There are probably a few more that could be called on a lot of people still in it.”
Hollins made clear that the foul committed bySan Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who grabbed Allen’s arm while the Grizzlies guard was airborne, was a flagrant foul irrespective of Allen’s subsequent reaction.
“I don’t think what happened had anything to do with the referee calling a flagrant foul because he grabbed him out of the air,” Hollins said. “Whether he hit his head or didn’t hit his head, he grabbed him out of the air, and I don’t think that had a bearing, especially when they went and reviewed it, they still called it a flagrant.”
After hitting the floor, Allen held his head while appearing to writhe in pain. Video replays showed that Allen’s head never made contact with the court. The incident was apparently a source of some amusement in the Grizzlies’ camp.
“I almost wanted to laugh on the court, but I was too tired and too focused on the game,” Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said.