(NEW YORK) — Other than the actual games themselves, flopping is a major story line during the NBA playoffs once again. Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t think there is anything the NBA will be able to do about it.
Players selling contact to officials to draw penalties on the opposing team is nothing new, but this season the NBA instituted a system to fine players who flop during a game. Even though fines have occurred, the flopping has continued.
Nowitzki doesn’t think there’s anything the NBA can do about it.
“We’re never going to get rid of it,” Nowitzki said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “But you got to limit it. It’s part of sports. It’s part of winning. Some people are smart and do a little extra thing to kind of sell the call. To me, that’s part of sports.”
Nowitzki’s head coach, Rick Carlisle, recently said that the NBA rules committee is in the process of reviewing the flopping policy to see if it can make it more effective.
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