In this edition of the Three-Man Weave, the New York Knicks go fishing for a new coach, the NBA Finals get their first taste of flopping, and the league cannot seem to rid itself of Donald Sterling. Let’s get to the Q and A, shall we? 1. Derek Fisher is the new coach of the Knicks. Good hire or bad hire?
NEW YORK – Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season. The incident occurred with 4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter of Houston’s 107-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Toyota Center. To view the play click on this link.
Flopping has been one of the most egregious problems ailing the NBA for years—from Vlade Divac taking dives against Shaq to Dwyane Wade falling untouched out of bounds. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has always been outspoken about his dislike of flopping, and now he appears to be putting his money where it counts—in research.
Well played, T.J. Simers. It was reported late Thursday evening that Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is very upset with the organization for linking his name to the firing of Vinny Del Negro. Chris Broussard of ESPN has details: Chris Paul is upset with the Los Angeles Clippers organization because he is being widely blamed for the firing of Vinny Del Negro as the Clippers’ coach, according to a source close to the situation.
Chris Paul’s egregious flop against DeMarcus Cousins has earned him an official warning from the NBA. Paul became the 16th player to be warned or fined under the league’s new anti-flopping rules, which draw a $5,000 fine upon the second offense.
The best team flying under the radar has two rookies in its starting lineup. But it’s not the Charlotte Bobcats. It is missing its oft-injured big man. But it’s not the Philadelphia 76ers. It has All-Star candidates at point guard and power forward. But it’s not the Los Angeles Clippers. It is an original NBA franchise that has not won a title since the 1970s. But it’s not the New York Knicks.
Take flopping, please. Happily for the NBA, it’s going away, even if the league will pay a higher cost than it knows from crime-and-punishment headlines, stemming from David Stern’s decision to make it a crime, not a basketball play, punishable by huge fines. How hard would this have been: Tell the referees to make defenders be stationary for a count, not an instant. What’s the hard part? Tie goes to the offensive player, as it does to the runner in baseball. Unfortunately, nothing is easy
Jeff Van Gundy is my NBA idol. I like to joke that Jeff is to me what Justin Bieber is to a teenaged girl. If Jeff was a cult leader, I’d not only join, I’d drink Jeff’s Kool-Aid in the jungle. The only topic I’ve ever vehemently disagreed on with Jeff is flopping. Jeff has been condemning flopping on national NBA broadcasts, on the biggest of stages, for years now. The league has gotten embarrassed enough to finally do something and boy, is