November 30, 2009

Rasheed Wallace: Flopping is Watering Down the NBA: "They've got to know that he's a damn flopper. That's all Turkododo do. Flopping shouldn't get you nowhere. He acts like I shot him. Let the Golden Child [LeBron James] do that, or one of the NBA Without Border kids do that, it's all fine and dandy. This game is watered down, watered down with all that flopping. ... That's not basketball, man. That's not defense. That's garbage, what it is. I'm glad I don't have too much of it left." -- Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace after getting his fifth technical of the season from a foul on Toronto Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:16 AM - 4 comments

Turkadodo...that's too funny!

posted by BornIcon at 10:31 AM on November 30, 2009

I can't wait to go to the Cavs vs. Celtics game in March now. Lets see if LeBron is smart enough to let his play do the talking.

posted by jojomfd1 at 02:26 PM on November 30, 2009

The double standard in NBA officiating is all too obvious, and in my eyes it threatens the popularity of the game. Showcasing the obvious stars is a good marketing strategy, but doing so with unfair officiating is going too far. The game can stand on its own, especially if you feel your team is not being denied opportunity by an official's personal or league-directed bias. The European players do show a tendency to emulate their football brethren in continually demonstrating Newton's Law of Gravitational Attraction. Why the NBA officials have not yet caught on to this and started to "no call" the floppers is beyond me.

The rumors that there are more NBA officials that might be involved in gambling are certainly portraying the league in a very bad light. David Stern needs to appoint a very good and completely unbiased investigator to get to the truth.

posted by Howard_T at 05:47 PM on November 30, 2009

Personally I think five fouls is too many. I think you should foul out after three. I also think opposing teams should be awarded an additional free throw after a team racks up 15 fouls total in a game.

I don't think this will remove all attempts at defense. Right now too many players are entirely willing to just slap and flop if they get beat or challenged.

The game would be more entertaining if they just moved on to the next play instead of repeatedly sending people to the line, and sending in backups solely to foul elite post players, and all that "tough play" bullshit.

posted by chmurray at 02:19 PM on December 01, 2009

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