Clippers' Chauncey Billups receives warning for flop against Utah Jazz

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  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Even if a player has to pay $500 whats that to a NBA player? About like a quarter is to me!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2012 4:15 a.m.

    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.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    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.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    "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.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Dec. 5, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    Oooh, a "consolation prize" flop warning. Maybe we can build on that.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    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

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    Bavetta retired on the job long ago.

  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    Bavetta is a Jazz hater. He's still costing/hurting the Jazz franchise. Seriously, isn't there a retirement age that's enforced?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    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...

  • thrillhouse Heber City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    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.

  • netmaster Farmington, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    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.