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NBA floppers “may have to suffer some consequences”

The NBA is finally taking action to stop the flops.

Shane Battier, you’ve been warned. (Charles Krupa/AP)

After years of watching players exaggerate and fabricate contact in an effort to draw a foul, the league is working to finalize a plan to limit the so-called “gamesmanship” that continues to plague the paint.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank told the Associated Press on Thursday that the league’s competition committee met two weeks ago to discuss a plan for discouraging and penalizing players for flopping. Frank said the league is finalizing procedures, which will likely involve a postgame review of the play by the league office and not an in-game infraction for the guilty party.

“If you continue to do this, you may have to suffer some consequences,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said about flopping in the NBA Finals during the competition committee’s June meeting. “What those exactly should be and what the progression is, is to be decided, because … 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. And I think there are ways we can do that and we’ll have to wait and see exactly what we come up with.”

In a 2011 Sports Illustrated player’s poll, Cleveland center Anderson Varejao was voted as the league’s biggest flopper. San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher and Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin rounded out the top 5.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.
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