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Carry on. Nothing to see here.┬áJust tossing a jump ball and getting out of the way. Backin’ myself out, all covert like. Don’t look at me. Go on with your day. Talk to you later. OK bye.

(via SB Nation)

Seems to be an effective way of not getting a technical, considering 100 percent of the players I’ve seen do this on an NBA court have avoided getting T’d up. If he’d have stolen the ref’s nose though, probably a different story.

Everyone knows that the best way to stall for time is to tell everyone that you’re stalling for time. It’s called honesty, Bing it.

(via LBS)

Why are referees making so many defensive plays this season? You’re not Ben Wallace or Sidney Moncrief. Chill.

Oh, also, someone should tell Maalik Wayns not to pass to the referee. Just an idea.

The only thing that could make this better is if Joey Crawford — who pulled off his hilarious air thrusts during last night’s Lakers loss — had called traveling on the Pacers, thereby allowing Chris Duhon yet another chance to bust out his signature dance and settling this once and for all. Until then, we’ll just have to speculate.

Personally, I’m sticking with Duhon. That travel dance is just perfect. But I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments.

(via Zach Harper)

It’s the question that never gets answered and never goes away — Why is flopping tolerated in the NBA when it’s almost universally reviled by fans? Obviously, we all hate it when a player does it against our team and he gets a call from it, but I’d like to think that most of us feel at least a touch of shame when one of our own players flops. Is that really how you want the game to be played?

The biggest obstacle to identifying and punishing flops is that they’re usually subjective. How do we really know what’s a flop and what isn’t? In the video at the top of this post, Jeff Van Gundy goes off on a rant on how he believes the NBA condones flopping and how he thinks it would easy to eliminate it from the league. He yells, “I have easy remedies. You fine ‘em, or you treat ‘em like technicals — when you flop ‘X’ amount of times, you’re suspended.”

When broadcast partner Mike Breen points out that it’s hard to tell what’s a flop and what isn’t, Van Gundy responds, “That’s not hard! Technicals are subjective, too!” And he makes a solid point here. Many calls that basketball officials have to make are subjective. Was that a charge or a blocking foul? Did he get all ball or did he hit the arm on that blocking attempt? Could it be the NBA officials don’t want to be burdened with yet another type of subjective decision to make on the court?

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As you’ve probably heard by now, the NBA is (kind of) getting rid of the rip move with their latest rules update. We’ll see how that goes since it’s going to be refs deciding whether or not a guy is in his shooting motion when he smacks his arms in to another guy’s arms, which won’t lead to some late-game controversy, I’m so sure.

But tucked in to Ric Bucher’s ESPN report on the rule modifications is another shooting thing that could change some players’ games. Here’s Max Headroom:

Whether a player’s foot is on the three-point line or midcourt line will be determined by where it last touched the floor, meaning a player could have a toe on the three-point line but if he leans back on his heels before he releases the ball a successful shot would be deemed a three-pointer.

So basically, that means an NBA player can do this and have it count as a three-pointer.

Depending on the size of a player’s foot, that moves a player maybe eight inches closer to the rim. That doesn’t seem like much, but you can conceivably see a player figuring out a way to jump backwards off his heels in order to be just that little bit closer to the rim. Every little bit counts. Just ask Eddie House.

Or maybe someone will master a weird step back jumper where they leave off their closer foot and land on the one that has the heel behind the three-point line, which might be able to turn a 20-footer in to a three-pointer. There are options.

In reality, I am probably overthinking this because it’s not terribly likely that some NBA player is going to teach themselves convoluted methods of shooting off their heels just so they can get a tiny advantage on a still-very-long jumpshot. There might be better ways for players to spend their time during these shortened training camps.

Then again, I wouldn’t put anything past Kobe Bryant.