Posted November 05, 2012

NBA officially warns T’wolves’ J.J. Barea, Cavs’ Donald Sloan for flopping

Ben Golliver, Cleveland Cavaliers, Donald Sloan, J.J. Barea, Minnesota Timberwolves

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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.

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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.

Videos via Eye On Basketball.

14 comments
mfs1390034
mfs1390034

Glad to see the NBA is doing this. I find soccer unwatchable because of the flops.

Mike72
Mike72

To bad  the warnings dont flow over to the next year or never reset. Or do they?

pawtwice
pawtwice like.author.displayName 1 Like

Just think if they had this rule in soccer...........everyone would be on welfare. 

Matthew21
Matthew21

Add Zach Randolph to this list, he had a flop that drew a call tonight on Millsap. 

Craig
Craig

I wonder how long Lambier would have lasted under this rule.

StretchFourNBA
StretchFourNBA

I mean... that Sloan "flop" looks pretty debatable, those guys move pretty fast with a lot of force so I could see someone getting out of control from contact like that. And Barea's overreaction might've just been instinctual more than a conscious effort to "flop". I guess the penalties are minimal enough though.

laclipperzfan
laclipperzfan

the NBA is worse than the WWE at this point.  David Stern's hubris has completely destroyed the integrity of a league he was lucky enough to stumble on with Magic and Bird.  The game is a shell of itself, and the refs have complete authority to control any game they please.  The last straw was sweeping the Tim Donaghy corruption under the rug.  Now with his cronies he controls what he thinks people want to see, please give me back the NBA I grew up with and loved you piece of ----. 

Brett Kos
Brett Kos

 @laclipperzfan You think people want to see flopping?  Oh I see, you're a Clippers fan and can't tell the difference between good and bad basketball.