The NBA levied its first anti-flopping fine last week when Reggie Evans of the Brooklyn Nets was tagged for $5,000 after his second violation.
Seems odd that the first player to pay was a 6-foot-8, 245-pound, 32-year-old, reserve power forward who flopped at midcourt, but that's precisely the type of exaggeration which led to implementation of the new rule.
After Evans made a pass near half-court against the Los Angeles Lakers, he and Metta World Peace made contact, but Evans exaggerated the impact to make it appear to be a shove. The ploy worked, at least temporarily. World Peace was whistled for a foul, but the following day Evans was slapped with a fine.
Evans wasn't pleased and tweeted: “Feel like the FEDS looking at the Boi. #iaintlyin!!!!!!!!!!!!”
World Peace was far more annoyed by what he thought were two flops from Evans' teammate Gerald Wallace in the same game.
“That's ridiculous,” World Peace said of Evans being fined. “Are you kidding me? I'd rather Gerald Wallace get fined than Evans.”
The 260-pound World Peace, a tenacious defender known to flop a bit himself, is not a fan of the anti-flopping evaluation process.
“They should just let the refs ref,” World Peace said. “They keep changing the rules. The refs are doing the best job they can. If you keep changing the rules they're going to miss calls. And then we blame the refs for that. For these missed calls. If they stopped changing the rules, the refs would've been adjusted to this. They're just trying to do their job. Back in the days, that was never a foul.”
The Thunder's Nick Collison, who like Evans is a 32-year-old reserve power forward, said the new rule has had an early impact.
“I think there's definitely less of it,” said Collison, who has drawn five offensive charges so far this season despite being more closely scrutinized. “I think it's on people's minds a little bit, for sure.”
NBA FLOPPING INDEX
In an effort to curb the unsportsmanlike practice known as “flopping,” the NBA implemented an anti-flopping rule this season. The determination of whether a player has violated the rule will be made by the league following video review. Game officials will not make determinations about flopping during games.
The first time a player is determined to have committed a flop, he will be warned by the NBA. Thereafter, the following apply: