Even if a player has to pay $500 whats that to a NBA player? About like a
quarter is to me!
The way that game ended (flop) made the outcome all the more frustrating. But
that's NBA basketball, and it's why I stopped watching for the most
part many years ago. Even as a huge Jazz fan, I got tired of Karl Malone and his
flopping so much, that I was a casual fan by 2002. I had been watching the
majority of the games since the early 80s up until that point. Malone is like
the all time free throw attempts guy. Nice! Flopping and superstars who get
calls = NBA game. I would rather watch college games with inferior players and
refs. At least the refs there blunder with sincerity.
To put any sting in the violation of the flop rule, the points scored on the
bogus foul ought to be discounted.Then to really make a difference,
the ref who called the bogus foul ought to be fined. That would do
the trick.Then the players would stop the theatrics.
"Players get an initial warning, but the fines start to rack up after that.
The second violation incurs a $5,000 fine, with each proceeding flop becoming
increasingly costly — from $10,000 for the third flop to $30,000 for the
fifth violation. After that, players are subject to larger fines and
suspension."And with players' salaries out of sight into
the multi-millions, this is nothing. The only sting there is to violating the
rules is the "possible" suspensions.What a joke.
Oooh, a "consolation prize" flop warning. Maybe we can build on that.
It has been well known for many years that Bavetta hates the Jazz and will make
every call he possibly can against them if he can get away with it. He has been
involved in more than one bad call, especially during games with the eastern
conference which were crucial for the Jazz. The NBA seems to be the only group
not aware of this. Is there anyone who has the courage to stand up and say
"this cannot continue"? I used to be an avid NBA fan, and especially, a
Jazz fan. I have gradually watched less and less; last season, I watched only
two playoff games the whole season! If the NBA is to regain its past glory,
when Bird, Jordan, Magic, et al, were the big draw, they are going to have to
fix the officiating problems. As it is now, a particular official, such as
Bavetta, can control a team's destiny in close games, as he often does.
There is too much parity among teams now for such things to be ignored and
"just let them play" after bad calls etc. IMHO
Bavetta retired on the job long ago.
Bavetta is a Jazz hater. He's still costing/hurting the Jazz franchise.
Seriously, isn't there a retirement age that's enforced?
I don't fault billup's for the call. Sure it is lame a bush league
behavior but bavetta is the idiot that made the cal. He is the one that should
get the warning and nba refs are the ones that hsould get fined for calling crap
like that. bavetta wa standing right next to the play, just a couple of feet
away. If he really couldn't see what actually occured there then it is time
he retires.But it is stuff like this that puts the nba about 1/2 a
rung higher than the wwf in credibility in my book.
Next time Billups comes to town everyone in the arena should stand before he is
introduced and then flop into their seats when he is introduced...
Why don't they fine the stupid refs who fall for this crap? Dick Bevetta
has probably seen 3 million flops in his life and he still falls for them.
I flopped only one time as a player, and that was because an opponent was
getting away with major fouls under the boards. I alerted the ref, and then on
the next foul shot, when he put an elbow in my chest, I threw myself backward
and flopped to the floor on my front. I got the foul. I deserved the foul
because of the previous uncalled fouls. However, I am not in favor of flopping.
There is a clear difference, however, between drawing attention to a foul and
flopping. Ginoble constantly draws attention to fouls, and he often gets calls
because of it.
No consolation. That call may have decided the game. Billups did it in the
first half too. I have always had him on my list of worst floppers.