JGC wrote:Man, it is such a fine line. To me, both lebron and west were just exaggerating the contact. I do agree it is excessive but all players exaggerate contact. So i guess the line is on where the exaggeration was deemed over execcsive rather than just whether there was in fact an exaggeration.
Here's the line to me. Was there a foul on the play? If so, a player is allowed to exaggerate contact all they want, in order to get the refs to notice the play. Was there no contact worthy of a foul call, or in fact any contact at all? Then you're a flopper if you try to get a foul called. To me, LeBron flopped in the most shameless of ways, while West merely tried to bring attention to LeBron's hand slapping him across the face. That's where the fine-able line should be, imo.
Ok, just to go along with that. When a player gets cleanly stripped, or blocked on a shot attempt, is it considerable an offense punishable by a fine to exaggerate or fake contact in an attempt to draw a foul then? I mean every player does that when they get stripped. Kobe, Dwight, Pau, all of them. Kobe and Pau especially do the old shrieking war cry even when they are cleanly stripped or blocked.
On the other hand, what did you think about that Tony Allen play? He was actually fouled... but he pretend as if the foul was substantially worse than it really was and he was fined for it. Now, I happened to agree with that one, but I'm having a hard time drawing a line because EVERY player will exaggerate contact even when a foul actually occurred.