JGC wrote:A part of me is glad that they're not going to enforce these in-game, another finds it unfortunate.
Here is the problem. If you are going to consider exaggerating contact a flop that gets officiated in-game, then any number of players on our team would be guilty of this. Kobe and Pau are at the top of the list. And I'm pretty sure that if officials are allowed to officiate this in-game those guys would be impacted in ways we as Laker fans are not going to agree. This should be especially worrisome for those who believe the officials/Stern have it out for us. So the good news is IF they are going to consider exaggerated contact a flop, then at least for our main guys, it's worst case just a fine.
But like some of you have shown, many non-Lakers are guilty of exaggerating contact on a regular basis. CP3 and Biff come to mind more than anyone else. So I'd like to see them stop doing that.
I'm actually ok personally with exaggerating contact. It doesn't bother me that much. I didn't mind Fish trying to draw offensive fouls on screens by exaggerating the hit, and I don't mind when Kobe does his trademark arm flail with the "HEY!" even on clean strips.
What bothers me is FAKING contact. Like pretending to have been hit in the face when you weren't.
The unfortunate thing is that players, to a degree, have to exaggerate contact to get the whistle. You can't punish ALL instances of that though because if you did the games would take 10 hours long.
This is true. The degree of exaggeration is going to be the key to the determination of if it is punishable or not, and that become very subjective. What are they going to do when analyzing the play in question, bring in a physicist to objectively measure inertia, mass, and momentum, lol? That'd be awesome.
I'm hoping there is some defined distinction between exaggerating, or selling a call and grossly exaggerating contact. I hate arm flailing (even by kobe) and throwing one's head back ala pau, Manu, Dirk, etc, and selling charge calls by falling over easier that one was really hit a la fisher, battier, but these things should be left alone IMO. The "grossly exaggerated" category would be throwing oneself to the ground from 5 feet in the air a la Griffin, flying back and falling down taking a charge when one outweighs the other by 150 lbs, and the CP3 heliflopter are all good examples. I'm sure there are more. It's dicey no matter what when trying to distinguish.