Q: David Stern said he was going to stop flopping on his interview on ABC during the Heat-Pacers game. How about a rule that a defender has to be in place for at least two seconds before he can draw a charge?
-- Martin, Boca Raton, Fla.
A: The officials have enough on their plate, let alone maintaining a standing count for defenders in the lane. Plus, two seconds is an awfully long time to position in advance.
In fact, it is probably impossible to invoke such penalties in real time, as the NHL does with its anti-diving sanctions.
Instead, it would have to be something dealt with through follow-up video study, but with sanctions so severe that players would think twice.
If players knew they could be suspended for a game and lose a game check, they no doubt would back off, or at least wait for contact before falling.
But even that type of penalty might be too extreme.
Instead, the league should handle it like technical fouls, where a certain number of "flops" equal a suspension.
But here's the rub: Stern relishes that his league is a global league, that it has added so many overseas talents. Yet flopping is part of the culture in European leagues. So how do you recruit players, then tell them they can't play the styles that made them so effective in the first place?
Think about it, if a flopping ban already was in place, we might never have gotten to know the true Manu Ginobili.
Q: Can you believe Carlos Boozer thinks he had a good season? What were we thinking with that guy? -- Jesse, Waukegan, Wis.
A: With Carlos, it long has been about the stats, particularly on the offensive end. The fact that Boozer sat at the end of playoff games even with Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose sidelined hardly was a revelation, considering he routinely was bench in favor of Taj Gibson during last season's playoffs.
Although the Bulls can't come out and say it, you can be assured they know Boozer's salary would be better spent elsewhere.
It would be difficult to envision a contender making a move for Boozer and his salary. At best, the Bulls might be able to pawn him off on a small-market lottery team that knows it otherwise would be unable to sign such a player as a free agent.
Q: Did Lionel Hollins get enough out of the Grizzlies? Shouldn't they have beaten the Clippers with Game 7 at home?
-- Clark, West Memphis, Ark.
A: In the end, with the Nuggets and Grizzlies falling during the same weekend, it took a bit of steam out of the argument that ensemble teams could thrive.
Ultimately, neither the Nuggets nor the Grizzlies (with apologies to Ty Lawson and Rudy Gay, who certainly are nice players) had the type of go-to player who could match the big-moment scoring that Kobe Bryant could provide the Lakers and Chris Paul could provide the Clippers.
In the end, George Karl and Hollins probably got out as much out of their superstar-less teams as could have been expected. Both probably maximized their team's possibilities.
Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http.//twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.
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