Really stupid rule.
1. The clock is still running, so how can you have a delay of game, since the ref is not blowing the whistle for an infraction IF A FOUL IS NOT CALLED and the clock continues running? How is the game interrupted/delayed by a guy flopping?
2. If the flop hurts anybody, it's on the team whose player flops. If a player flops, then he is on the ground and his team momentarily has one less guy to defend, or is
in his team's offense (the rule is worded where it
seems to apply to a defensive or offensive player. I guess an offensive player can flop if he gets contacted on a pick).
3. There is a shot clock when the ball is in play. It's not like a team who makes a bucket, then a player on the team that made the bucket gets the ball and deliberately takes his time handing it to the
opposition or putting it on the floor, which would be a delay of game.
4. If you want to penalize someone for flopping, then call it what it is.....unsportsmanlike conduct, perhaps? That would make more sense if you are going to reward a technical after the second one.
If the clock stopped when there was a flop, THEN it would be a delay of game, since the flopping team may want to stop the clock on purpose....sort of like fouling a guy to stop the clock at the end of a
game. But otherwise, for the reasons above, stupid rule.
But a delay of game? The game is still being played, no matter how many guys hit the deck, as long as the clock isn't stopped.
And, like Matt said, how many arguments will this cause? At least in baseball you can challenge a call with replay.