NBA, NCAA, WNBA latest news, rumors: LA Clippers Blake Griffin
Yesterday it was revealed that the NBA will hand out automatic fines to players who repeatedly flop during games, a ruling to supposedly improve the game, but Los Angles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has his own views as to why action has been taken.
Sharing his views on the news Los Angeles Clipper Griffin explained: “It’s not going to win or lose games for anybody. It’s a good way for the NBA to get more money.”
Lets break it down it plain English: as per the new rule, the first flopping offense a waved, consider this a warning, but if the same player tries it again he is landed with a $5,000 fine.
Heavy stuff. For a third offense the fine raises to $10,000, and then to $15,000 for the fourth. If a player continues to breach the new NBA guidelines, his fifth foul will amount to $30,000 and the trend elevates from there.
There’s no place for flops in the NBA, warned vice-president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said in an official statement, which may pull Griffin’s reputation as a flopper into the spotlight, let’s not forget Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins past referral of him as “an actor.”
Griffin maintains those days are behind him and although he is in support of any ruling that is healthy for the game, he has certain reservations about it’s aim, yesterday after training he made that point perfectly clear:
“I guess it’s good in a sense that it stops any of it from happening… But now you’re telling me if it’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals and a guy has a chance to make a play he’s going to be like, ‘Well, do I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?’ ”
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is in agreement with the NBA news, he plans to discuss the full policy and its latest points on the matter with his players soon.
“It’s going to be interesting how they view that from a league perspective,” Del Negro said. “But it’s a rule and we have to abide by it. If that’s what the commissioner wants to do and the competition committee, we’ll abide by it.”