By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Did you have Kevin Martin in your office pool? As the first Thunder player who would feel the wrath of the league’s new flopping regulations?
Then congratulations, you won.
The NBA fined Martin $5,000 on Wednesday afternoon for what they deemed to be a flop in OKC’s game against the Nuggets on Sunday. And I have to say, it’s easy to agree with the league on this one.
Unless Martin took a violent shot to the ribs from Lennay Kekua (too soon?), then this is one of the more egregious violations, complete with the scream and flail.
He’s only the third player this season to take a wallet hit for a flopping act, joining Minnesota’s J.J. Barea and Brooklyn’s Reggie Evans.
The next violation comes with a $10,000 fine.
Here’s video his original flop, which earned the initial warning: