NBA Ref Explains What Counts As A Flop

NBA Ref Explains What Counts As A Flop


– My name is Zach Zarba and
I’m a 15 year NBA referee. Flopping was a major
concern a few years back and they actually invoked a flopping fine where they would fine players who they thought were
incessantly flopping. The flop is part of the game. I think as a referee you
never want to fall for a flop. But you know the more you do
this – we’re not perfect – the more games you have under your belt, inevitably the more mistakes you’ll make. I think people get confused
sometimes with the selling of a call as opposed to flopping. The selling of a call is just showing what actually happened. And so if someone pushes
off and a defender sells it by backing off, that’s a legal
play and that’s not a flop. If someone pretends to
get hit and fall down when there’s actually no
contact, that would be a flop.

38 thoughts on “NBA Ref Explains What Counts As A Flop

  1. Would a fine really stop players from flopping? I feel like a couple thousand fine is like chump change it a NBA player. What about an ejection from the game? or banned from next game? That will have more of an impact on them and their team.

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