GODDAMN: Ray Allens boofs on Tracy McGrady
Magic v. Bucks. 2001 NBA Playoffs. First round. Game 3.
The Magic were up 11 with 4:30 left in the 4th quarter. With 8.9 seconds left, Orlando led by 2, but the Bucks were inbounding the ball.
Young Ray Allen blew by Darrell Armstrong, and put one on McGrady’s head, to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Bucks would lose the game, but won the series, before defeating the Charlotte Hornets in the 2nd round, and eventually losing to the Philadelphia 76ers after 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The NBA is finalizing procedures to deal with the growing epidemic that is flopping in the NBA. I’ve written about why the ambiguity inherent in calling a flop makes assessing penalties a tricky proposition during the game, and it would slow it up to a degree that mitigates any of the good it might bring. But the flopping has gotten a little out of control recently, and Stern and Company’s proposal would assess fines after the game, which means it wouldn’t cause the game to slow down, but there are other concerns with this decision as well; there doesn’t seem to be a clearcut way to assess flopping penalties without accidentally triggering other problems as a result.
Since this has been a #HoopIdea for a while, and discussed at length on Twitter, some people you may know wrote about it. Lets highlight what some of those people said.
- Video about the policy with True Hoop’s Henry Abbott
- Hardworking Kurt Helin at PBT writes “fining NBA players for flopping is not the panacea it seems,” which makes sense and comes back to my original point that assessing flops is sometimes quite subjective, and the NBA doesn’t need any more subjectivity.
- Brian Mahoney at the Associated Press with everything that’s being discussed.
- Ian Thomsen at SI (soon to be Grantland), says the NBA’s new policy is “the best response to a difficult problem”
- Tom Ziller at SB Nation
- Eric Freeman for BDL
- Howard Beck provides more about the proposals at the Times’ Off the Dribble blog
- How the new policy will affect the wily Argentinian in San Antonio.
- Ken Berger at CBS Sports (the antithesis to evil CBS troll, Gregg Doyel—or Doily, as I’ve taken to calling him) writes “the league’s answer to floppers might fun foul upon further review,” which is as complicated a pun-filled headline as I’ve read in a while. But Berger offers up a couple different things in his article. One, he admits that most broadcasters, reporters (he includes himself), writers and fans don’t know the actual rules as well as they think they do—and certainly not as well as the refs. So when they bitch about a call, it’s primarily ignorance which has led to their anger. Two, he provides a nice example for why the new policy make everyone look hypocritical or inadvertantly throw refs under the bus:
Some will like the league’s answer to flopping, and others will say it’s not enough. And while I recognize the benefit of taking it out of the referees’ hands, the new approach — if adopted — could open up a whole new can of worms in a sports environment that clearly does not tolerate officiating incompetence. Suppose LeBron James drives to the basket on the final possession of a playoff game, with the Miami Heat trailing by a point. He misses the shot, but dupes the official into calling a shooting foul by flopping. James sinks both free throws, the Heat win the game and advance to the next round. But what happens when the league fines James $25,000 the next morning for flopping on the play? What the league would be saying, essentially, is that James shouldn’t have been awarded free throws and the Heat shouldn’t have won. Chaos, would ensue, as it often does with these controversies — be it a disputed Hail Mary in the end zone or a superstar call late in an NBA game.
I’m sure fans and their Twitter accounts will find some way to vent about this new policy in action, even as they vented about ignored flopping earlier, but this is a tricky topic and there’s no way to judge how the policy will affect games later this fall. One thing’s for certain: fans—both casual and diehard—do not know the NBA’s rules very well, and they should check them out before going on an expletive-ridden Twitter rant with only a cursory understanding of what’s happening.