With the NBA instituting a new rule to help put an end to flopping, players are starting to voice their opinions on the matter. Blake Griffin, in particular, isn't feeling it. In his first public appearance since knee surgery on July 16, Griffin said the new rule is a way for the league "to get more money" and that it's not going to "win or lose games for anybody."
He also had this to say:
"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?' "
That's an interesting way to put it. Let's hope after reviewing flops during the season that NBA officials will be hip to a good flop by the time the Finals come around. Griffin's teammate, Caron Butler (and one of the toughest defenders around) likes the rule.
"Over the years you see some calls and some plays where you can be like, 'He kinda sold it. That's why he made the call.' But if they got that in place it's probably better for the game."
That quote is coming from a guy who has been involved in the player's union throughout his career and is said in lieu of the NBAPA announcing yesterday that they plan on filing grievance and unfair labor practices charges against the NBA regarding the new rule. It'll be interesting to hear more player reactions as the 2013 season approaches.
Blake Griffin needs to chill and make an attempt at playing defense. Leave the acting to the professionals.
[via Yahoo! Sports]