The only part of Game 1 that brought me anywhere close to my happy place was this play, when Pau flopped and was called for the foul himself. Jeff Van Gundy said that floppers should be charged with personal fouls and, about five seconds before he said that, I had made the same remark. Why not punish players for faking contact? If a ref sees a player flop, the flopper should get called for a foul. It will slow down the rampant flops in today’s game and make the game a tougher, more fair place. It will also secure Vlade Divac’s place as the top flopper of all-time.
The only downside to the rule Van Gundy and I are proposing is that Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol would foul out of every single game. Wait, did I say downside? Stern, you’ve gotta make this rule happen.