Posted December 07, 2012

Nets’ Wallace fined $5,000 for second violation of NBA’s anti-flopping policy

Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, Gerald Wallace, LeBron James, Miami Heat

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By Ben Golliver

The NBA has fined Nets forward Gerald Wallace $5,000 for his second violation of the league’s anti-flopping policy on Wednesday. Wallace’s first warning came last week and he clearly didn’t learn his lesson, as both of his flops came on remarkably similar plays.

His second violation came during the third quarter of a loss to the Heat in Miami on Saturday. Wallace was defending Heat All-Star forward LeBron James at the free-throw line extended, when James drove hard left toward the hoop. Wallace absorbed minor contact from James’ right arm but launched himself backwards to the ground, throwing his head backwards as he fell.  James was whistled for an offensive foul on the play.

Wallace’s first flop occurred during overtime of a Nov. 26 victory against the Knicks at Barclays Center. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony swung his left arm out as he prepared to hoist a long three-point attempt. Wallace staggered backward, as if hit in the head by Anthony’s left arm, throwing his head back to embellish the contact. Anthony was whistled for an offensive foul on the flop.

This type of flop was specifically called out in the NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Clippers guard Chris Paul was called out for trying to sell a charge in a similar manner.

“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 explained. “This reaction by the defensive player is an overembellishment of marginal contact and is intended to draw an unearned offensive foul on his opponent.”

Wallace becomes the second player warned under the new system, joining teammate Reggie Evans. Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, Rockets forward Patrick Patterson, Nets forward Reggie Evans, Thunder guard Kevin Martin, Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan have all received warnings.

Wallace will now be subject to further fines if he is deemed to have violated the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.

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.

Wallace, 30, is averaging 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals for the Nets. He is on the books for $9.7 million this season.

Video via YouTube user justin whelchel | Hat tip on the video to Ball Don’t Lie

3 comments
Kenner King
Kenner King

This guy makes $118,000 per game in salary, not including any shoe money, or apparel money he gets from the CBA. What is $5000 to him? That is roughly the same percentage as a guy making $60,000 per year paying a $30 parking ticket. Except the guy paying the ticket needs that $30 to help pay his mortgage, while an NBA player pays his mortgage with 2 games salary.

 

Why not say that the flop caused the integrity of that specific game to be damaged, and fine the player their salary for that game? If it is Wallace, it is a $118,000 fine. if it is Lebron, it is a $350,000 fine. Want to bet the flopping would stop immediately? These guys drop $5000 at the nearest strip club, after a loss.

Craig
Craig

Wonder if they have a penalty level for more than ten in a game.  We could call that the Bill Lambier rule.

Kit
Kit

I don't know how effective the flopping policy will turn out to be, but at least it's something, even if $5k doesn't mean much to these players. When I watched the Jazz/Clippers game the other night, Chauncy Billups seemed to be flopping a lot.