Dirk Nowitzki: Flopping has a place

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn't see the point in attempting to rid the game of flopping -- at least the moves used to help sell a foul call "a little bit."

"We're never going to get rid of it," Nowitzki said recently, according to The Dallas Morning News. "But you got to limit it. It's part of sports. It's part of winning. Some people are smart and do a little extra thing to kind of sell the call. To me, that's part of sports."

A company owned by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is providing $100,000 to Southern Methodist University for an 18-month investigation of the forces involved in basketball collisions in the wake of the commissioner David Stern's call for better solutions to flopping, including possible expansion of anti-flopping rules.

"You don't want the obvious ones, the really, really bad one," Nowitzki said, according to the Dallas newspaper. "I think we'd love to get rid of those.

"But if somebody really does get shoved or hit a little bit, just to sell it a little for the referees so it does get the call, I don't have a problem with that. I think that's part of the game."

Stern has hinted at increasing the penalty for those found guilty of flopping.

"It isn't enough, it isn't enough," Stern said in his annual pre-NBA Finals news conference earlier this month. "You're not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player's salary is $5.5 million. And anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason."