No one hates flopping as much as we do… except for maybe David Stern. You wouldn’t think so checking out his league as currently constructed; some of these floppers make Vlade Divac look like Xavier McDaniel. But Stern wants to clean it up, and met earlier with a committee to discuss solutions. One was to treat them as flagrant fouls: contact and penalize any floppers after the game is over. They also discussed expanding instant replay for flagrant fouls and goaltending, the lottery system, and seemed to favor leaving the away from the ball foul rule as is, so coaches could continue to intentionally foul notoriously bad free throw shooters. But the flopping talks were what everyone wanted to know about. We’re definitely down with the movement. Let’s give all floppers retroactive penalties. We’ll start by sending Vlade a fine in the mail … We’re now less than two weeks away from the NBA Draft, and while many people considered Jared Sullinger a top-10 pick (including us), he just picked up some terrible news. ESPN.com reports Sullinger underwent a series of tests at the draft combine, and some NBA team doctors have advised their teams to not draft the Ohio State big man in the first round. He has some back issues that stem from tight quads and hamstrings, but the people who are talking in his camp are insisting it’s no big deal. Sullinger didn’t test well as it is, even had a few people calling him the worst athlete in the draft, so this just gives them a reason to NOT draft him. Remember what happened to Dejuan Blair once someone shed light on his knees? His stock fell off faster than Canibus. As it is, the Blazers still have two lottery selections so Sullinger shouldn’t be concerned with dropping too far … And the Bobcats are continuing to show why they’re the Bobcats. Instead of hiring someone like Jerry Sloan, they went another route. They hired a college assistant. St. John’s University assistant Mike Dunlap will be the next head coach in Charlotte. They skipped over Sloan. They passed over Brian Shaw. And they hired Mike Dunlap, who has only two years of NBA experience – as an assistant – under his belt. Only in Charlotte… Luckily for Bobcat fans, Dunlap served as the de facto head coach with St. John’s last season as Steve Lavin recuperated from prostate cancer surgery so he has experience dealing with more talented teams than Charlotte … We’re out like Roger Clemens‘ guilty charges.
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