Bill Simmons leads off our Five for Friday with a sentiment that we at HoopIdea strongly endorse.
This edition also includes HoopIdeas from an NBA player and the Wall Street Journal, as well as a new mobile phone app that allows viewers to call out floppers then ranks teams and players by how often they flop -- enjoy!
Here's a good rule in general for all professional sports: If something sucks, you need to make the appropriate rule change so it doesn't suck anymore. This isn't rocket science. -- Bill Simmons on Grantland
WANT TO STOP THE FLOP? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!
Flopbuzz is a completely free mobile app, where you can 'slap' a virtual buzzer on your mobile phone, everytime an NBA player 'flops', 'fakes' or 'cheats'. The Flopbuzz app accumulates all the users' buzzes (votes) to elect 'democratically' the most egregious flopper of the month, the season or the Playoffs. -- FlopBuzz.com
COUNT TECHNICAL FOULS AS PERSONALS
NO MORE “BEAR HUG” FOULS
A suggestion to curtail fouls the where the defender wraps up an offensive player without really going for the ball: “How about calling these type of 'bear hugging' fouls (when you wrap your arms around a player) for a foul with two free throws and the ball on the side for the attacking player, regardless of what play he was going to make (most probably dunk the ball).” -- Arash Kordi on NBA on My Mind
DO AWAY WITH THE DRAFT
It's not clear that killing the draft would change the distribution of players that much: It's likely that the same struggling teams would be more willing to pay top dollar for rookies. Jerry Hausman, an M.I.T. economics professor who studied Michael Jordan's impact on the NBA, said that even if there was no draft and players entered the league only through free agency, the salary cap (and the finite number of shots a team can take in a game) would still prevent teams from "stacking" superstars and creating dynasties.
Putting these rookies on the open market might also create cost pressure that would force teams to get better at scouting. If this season taught us anything, it's that NBA scouts are often blind to talent. Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks, who caught fire this season, went undrafted out of Harvard. -- Kevin Clark in The Wall Street Journal
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