This past summer, the NBA made news when it announced that it would fine repeat offenders for “flopping,” but still, players will continue to do what they can do to get calls from referees. This is simply part of the game and has been called “gamesmanship” for years in all sports. But today, the NBA powers that be will not tolerate it anymore. The fines are coming so players will have to think a little bit more about the urge to deceive the refs and “flop.”
(Hello, Reggie Evans)
Hit the jump to see why Evans earned the dubious distinction.
Evans received one of the first four warnings for flopping that’s been given out this season, and if after receiving a warning a player is determined to have flopped once again, they would receive a fine of $5,000.
It’s definitely a flop, but the thing about the league’s warnings so far is the fact they’ve been pretty subjective. The ones issued have unquestionably been for blatant violations, and this is certainly another one.
But there have been plenty of flops that have gone unpunished so far this season, so we’ll just have to see if this latest effort from Evans isn’t deemed severe enough, and ends up slipping through the cracks.
The video clip below clearly features Evans “falling all over the place,” as Kobe Bryant might say.
In his journeyman career, Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans has finally made history: He is the first NBA player to be fined for flopping.
Evans was fined $5,000 for his second flopping offense, a league source told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.
Under the NBA’s new policy, players get one warming for flopping before an escalation of fines for ensuing flops is instituted. The league office identified an instance of flopping on Evans in the Nets’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
In the demonstration video shown to players in the preseason, Evans was what one league executive called, “the star.”
A third violation of the flopping rule would cost Evans $10,000, and a fourth $15,000 and a fifth $35,000. Beginning with a sixth violation, the NBA could suspend a player.