The NBA Players Association may disagree with how the league came up with the new flopping rules but one of its greatest players is happy to see it on the books.
Kobe Bryant is not only backing the flopping edict but he’d like to see it come with in-game penalties.
He’s also calling out those who practice the black arts.
The new rule will fine players who flop after the league studies game film. But Bryant would also like to see immediate punishment.
“I’d love to see it have an impact on the game itself,” Bryant told Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register. “I think in international play a technical foul is the penalty for it. Free throw and get the ball back, that sort of thing…We’re familiar with it because Vlade (Divac) kind of pioneered it in a playoff series with Shaq. And it worked pretty well for him.”
As for those who flop Bryant says “shameless flopping is just a chump move.”