Visiting official offers perspective on how anti-flopping rule will be called
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com October 15, 2012 10:55PM
Updated: November 17, 2012 6:23AM
It was a question that brought a “no comment’’ and a laugh from coach Tom Thibodeau on Monday.
The Bulls met with the NBA director of D-League officials, George Toliver, after practice, to discuss the rules that will be “points of emphasis,’’ and the new anti-flopping rule was brought up.
Thibodeau was asked if the anti-flopping rule was in place two years ago, would the LeBron James phantom-finger-to-the-eye foul that was called on Derrick Rose, instead have been overlooked, changing the outcome of the Eastern Conference Finals.
“That’s in the past,’’ Thibodeau said with a laugh, “we’re looking ahead.’’
That doesn’t mean that Toliver’s visit put everyone on the same page as far as how the league intends to deem a flop a flop.
“It’s still a gray line right there,’’ forward Luol Deng said. “Not a lot of guys can take a charge without flopping so I wonder how they’re going to treat that one. If I keep taking the hit and don’t fall, do they call that a charge? We just got to get a better understanding of it, but I think the guys that play the game the right way won’t have any trouble with it at all. We just need to get it a little clearer.’’
Veterans Rip Hamilton and Nazr Mohammed stayed later to go over some other rules questions with Toliver, but Mohammed called it, “Just business as usual.’’
Then there were 16
The training camp roster was trimmed to 16 on Monday, after the Bulls announced that guard Andre Emmett was waived. The third-year player from Texas Tech appeared in two of the first three preseason games.