One note from ref camp: NBA is close to finalizing policy on flopping. Will not carry in-game penalty. Will be reviewed after. Poss fine.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) September 27, 2012
Well, that's interesting. The refs are close to a policy on flopping. So, they aren't going to call it in games but plan to review all the games after the fact and possibly fine players for flopping. That's going to be interesting. I have to wonder if the policy will be applied to every player equally or if the King of Flops (aka LeBron) will continue to get special treatment.
Remember we reported that the league has hired a new head of referee operations Mike Bantom to replace General Ron Johnson, who had been hired in the wake of the ref betting scandal. He's going to try to change the perception that the refs are incompetent and have integrity problems.
"I think one of the things that I'd just like to focus on is I think there's a perception out there that kind of throws into question sometimes the competence of our officials and even the integrity of them at times, and I think that that's not true to begin with and unfair, and I want to try and change that perception," said Bantom, who had been the league's senior vice president of player development since 1999.
They've earned that reputation by their incompetence and lack of integrity. As long as Bennett Salvatore, Dick Bavetta, Joey Crawford, and Marc Davis are on the crew, there will always be questions about the integrity of the officiating. Just go to YouTube and you'll find all the evidence you need to back that up. I wish him luck in changing that perception and hopefully the refs will show more integrity and competence this season than they have in the past.