The NBA is continuing its attempt to curtail flopping throughout the league, and violators in this year’s postseason will be levied fines in an attempt to crack down on the gimmick.
The league on Thursday announced its anti-flopping disciplinary schedule that will be used during the 2013 playoffs. Any player who is determined to have committed a flop this postseason will be subject to the following incremental fines:
Violation 1: $5,000
Violation 2: $10,000
Violation 3: $15,000
Violation 4: $30,000
If a player violates the anti-flopping rule five times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstance, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Under league rules, flopping is defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop, according the NBA, is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.
The NBA’s anti-flopping rule was adopted at the beginning of the 2012-13 season and had 24 violations this year. Fourteen players received warnings this season, and five players received a $5,000 fine for violating the anti-flopping rule twice.
Oklahoma City’s first-round series against Houston will feature two of the league’s biggest floppers, according to this year’s flopping violations.
Thunder guard Kevin Martin and Rockets center Omer Asik were two of the five players who received $5,000 fines for violating the anti-flopping rule twice.