Kerr makes ‘personal plea' to NBA, wants to stop flopping originally appeared nbc sports birea
After the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Monday, coach steve kerr Told reporters at the Crypto.com Arena that there were a lot of flops and gamesmanship by the opposing team, and that he wanted to watch game film.
Well, Kerr has seen the tape, and he stands by his statement — with one additional request for an NBA rule change that mirrors that of the International basketball Federation.
“I think, for me, what I've learned from coaching at FIBA … is the one-flop rule,” Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. “If a referee thinks a player has flopped, they call it a technical foul, and it's very punishable. And so flopping has basically been taken out of FIBA, and our Have the ability to do the same thing in the NBA if we want to.
“I think we should address it, because the players are very smart, and the whole regular season is about gamesmanship and trying to fool the refs. And it's been like that for a while, and it's a That's up to us as a league.” we want to fix it? … All of these things are my personal arguments for the NBA. I think we can do better in terms of cleaning up the flopping. In the meantime, I give the Lakers credit for the plays that they've been able to sell.”
The free-throw discrepancy between the Warriors and Lakers has been a point of discussion throughout the series, with Los Angeles going to the charity stripe more than twice as often as Golden State. Through four games, the Lakers have attempted 103 free throws compared to the Warriors' 51, and it's clear that Kerr believes at least some of them have flopped for Los Angeles.
“Definitely had some sportsmanship, and look, I give them credit,” Kerr said Tuesday. “If you can sell a call and make it in this league, you do it — whatever it takes to win. …
“Like I said, you give them credit, but you bemoan the fact that, as a league, we're going to reward that type of game — games and series and all that's at stake, You would hope that the authorities would recognize when someone just dives.”
It remains to be seen whether the NBA heeds Kerr's plea, but the coach certainly believes that similar rules to FIBA would make the league a better place.
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And with a decisive Game 5 set for Wednesday at the Chase Center, the Warriors can count on facing plenty of sportsmanship as they look away Three-games-to-one deficit against the Lakers.