Rick Carlisle: ‘Floppers are smart guys’
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was on the NBA’s Competition Committee that helped get the “flopping” rule implemented. Carlisle admits that coaches, players and front-office personnel just want a level playing field, and “flopping” unfairly tilts the field.
“It’s a part of the game that nobody likes,” Carlisle said. “If you ask anybody globally, they will tell you that it’s something that makes the game look bad.
Still, Carlisle knows that if players are honest with themselves, they know if they flopped or if they played good, hard-nosed defense.
“Generally speaking, the guys that are the floppers are smart guys,” Carlisle said. “They’re smart because they try to positively affect the game by fooling the referees.
“Well, they’re also smart when it comes to the fact that they’re going to get hit with fines that are going to increase with each additional incident. To this point, [the flopping rule has] been a very successful endeavor.”