NBA officially warns T’wolves’ J.J. Barea, Cavs’ Donald Sloan for flopping
By Ben Golliver
Step forward for your public humiliation.
The NBA announced Monday that Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan have been officially warned for flopping under the league’s new rules aimed at curbing simulated fouls.
Barea was dinged for reacting to a swinging left arm from Kings guard Jimmer Fredette. There was contact, as Fredette’s arm hit Barea just below his neck, however Barea leaned back and threw both arms up to sell the call and mislead the official. The foul came with the Timberwolves leading the Kings 71-67 with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 2 game that the Timberwolves went on to win 92-80.
Sloan’s infraction came as Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich ran him off of a Nazr Mohammed screen while bringing the ball up court. Mohammed does step into Sloan, contacting him, but Sloan throws both of his arms into the air and does a complete 360 degree spin before crashing to the ground, a clear exaggeration. The sequence came with the Bulls leading the Cavaliers 97-77 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 2 game that the Bulls went on to win 115-86.
Both actions were specifically called out as violations in a video detailing the new anti-flopping policy that the NBA released before the season.
Barea’s action was nearly identical to a play made by Clippers guard Chris Paul highlighted in the video.
“As the highlighted defensive player, No. 3 in the red uniform, defends the driving offensive player, he feels slight contact and then launches himself back to the floor,” the video’s narrator said. “This reaction by the defensive player is an over-embellishment of marginal contact and is intended to draw an unearned offensive foul on his opponent.”
Sloan’s was similar to a play made by Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari that was highlighted in the video.
“While defending against a legal ball screen, the defensive player, No. 8 in the white uniform, absorbs solid contact from the screener,” the narrator explained. “However, the reaction by No. 8, which includes a flail, a spin and a fall to the floor … was a gross over-embellishment and inconsistent with the degree of contact on the play.”
Both Barea and Sloan will now be subject to fines if they are deemed to have violated the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.
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 such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Barea, 28, will make $4.5 million this season. Sloan, 24, is on the books for $762,195 this season.