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:
* Violation 2: $5,000 fine
* Violation 3: $10,000 fine
* Violation 4: $15,000 fine
* Violation 5: $30,000 fine
For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to discipline the league determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
NBA action taken thus far:
* Nov. 21: Brooklyn's Reggie Evans fined $5,000 after violating the league's anti-flopping rules for the second time. Occurred during the Nets-Lakers game on Nov. 20.
* Nov. 17: Brooklyn's Reggie Evans receives flopping warning against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 15.
* Nov. 16: Thunder's Kevin Martin receives flopping warning against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 12, committing the act while shooting a 3-pointer.
* Nov. 2: Minnesota's J.J. Barea receives flopping warning against the Sacramento Kings that same night.
* Nov. 2: Cleveland's Donald Sloan receives flopping warning against the Chicago Bulls that same night.
Some tweets in reaction to Jack Taylor scoring 138 points in a game for Division III Grinnell (Iowa) College last week:
* Thunder forward Kevin Durant: “Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol...wow”
* Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “I wanna knw who was guarding him!!!”
* Atlanta Hawks forward Anthony Tolliver: “This dude now averages 61ppg after that #138pointsin1game performance hahaha”
* Phoenix Suns point guard Kendall Marshall: “Hollllll up, kid on the other team was 34-44 and had 70. WAY more impressive!”
* Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard: “This guy scored 138 points? So the other team must have cheering him on. #nopride”
* Golden State Warriors guard Charles Jenkins: “wouldn't be surprised if Jack Taylor transfer tomorrow lol .. thats crazy 138 points”
* Former Thunder center Cole Aldrich: “138 points is impressive but I think shooting 108 times (71 3 pointers) is more impressive. #throwemup”
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, who has the second-most points in an NBA game with 81, when asked what it takes to score like that: “You gotta be in shape. And you gotta have a little Mamba blood in you.”