NBC analyst Stan Van Gundy said the NBA could end flopping: "If left to their own, veteran referees would simply quit giving those guys calls even if they did get fouled.... The problem is the league office wants the foul called." ... Tom Curran, Patriots reporter for CSN New England, told me the team is concerned about tight end Rob Gronkowski's public image. "They're happy with his on- and off-field work ethic," Curran said. "But they'd like to see his nipples a little less. Keep your shirt on and people will be happy." ... NBC NHL broadcaster Doc Emrick said that recently fired Rangers coach John Tortorella's disciplinarian style used to be the norm: "It was said Scotty Bowman's players liked him one day a year— the day they were skating the Cup around." ... I asked TNT's Ernie Johnson if he ever got angry at Charles Barkley. "Just once," Johnson said. "During the playoffs a few years ago, I had my notes on index cards and Charles reached over and ripped them in half. I was ready to kill him.... Every now and then Charles looks over and makes a motion like he's going to rip my cards."