Posted May 30, 2013

LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson fined $5k for flopping in Game 4

2013 NBA playoffs, David West, Indiana Pacers, Lance Stephenson, LeBron James, Miami Heat

The NBA has fined LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson $5,000 each for flopping in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

They are the latest players fined under the league’s stiffer postseason policy, which eliminated the free warning given during the regular season and assesses escalating fines for each subsequent offense. During the regular season, 19 players were warned for flopping and five of those received fines for a second offense. Knicks guard J.R. Smith, Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph, Thunder guard Derek Fisher and Grizzlies guard Tony Allen have also been fined during the postseason.

RELATED: Check out The Point Forward’s rundown of the best flops of the 2012-13 season.

The James-West flop occurred with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter of the Pacers’ Game 4 victory. With the ball above the three-point line, James attempted to front West in the post. The two engaged and then simultaneously went to the floor, exaggerating the contact. It’s likely the first double-flop in NBA history. James would foul out in the fourth quarter, just the fifth time he’s fouled out of a game in his 10-year NBA career. This marked the Heat’s first flopping violation of 2012-13.

On Monday, James said he sees the value in flopping. “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it,” he told reporters. The 2012-13 regular-season MVP had not received a warning or fine during the regular season under the NBA’s anti-flopping policy, and he spoke out against flopping during the conference semis. “I don’t need to flop,” he said. “I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.”

Stephenson’s flop came with 05.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Following a basket from Stephenson that put the Pacers up 26-22, the Pacers guard threw his head back as if he had received an elbow from Heat guard Ray Allen. Replays showed Allen didn’t touch Stephenson. The full video below.

All three players will now be subject to the postseason fine scale for flopping.

Violation 1: $5,000 fine
Violation 2: $10,000 fine
Violation 3: $15,000 fine
Violation 4: $30,000 fine

If a player violates the anti-flopping rule five times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals is Thursday night in Miami.

18 comments
RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

$5000? Give me a break, that's what, the amount of money Lebron earns in two dribbles of a basketball? Make it $50,000, then $500,000 for each offense in a season after the first one. You'll never seen another flop in basketball again.

jmdobry
jmdobry

Fines are not the way to stop flopping.  James said "ANYTHING" it takes to win for his team.  If the NBA was serious about wanting to stop flopping  you give game suspensions starting and 1 and escalating for each consecutive flop.

moyer53
moyer53

It's funny to see how many people are conspiracy theorists and/or jealous of the Heat. Everyone gripes to officials whenever they get a call, and that call had to be the dumbest call ever to take the best player in the NBA out of a close game. Just Awful. Additionally, many players converse with officials. Start watching NBA games before you start commenting. And NO I'm NOT a Heat fan. I'm a Sixers fan that actually has an objective viewpoint on the Heat. 

Tito1
Tito1

LeQueen even admitted it himself that he flops, and Nazi Stern still doesn't fine him??? There's has to be a point where's enough how the league and Sterm pampers that whiner... 250 pounds, 6'8" or whatever he is and he flops like a 80 pounds, 5 nothing little blow up doll

DarrenWoodbury
DarrenWoodbury

5k? May as well be 5 cents, ffs.  What's the next step up, you shake a finger at them?

JoseLuciano
JoseLuciano

The league is a joke. Are they saying that there was no flopping in the first three games?

DallasScott
DallasScott

Still waiting on that fine for Lebron for griping about the officials...


C'mon Stern, don't give us even more evidence that you coddle Lebron. He can afford the fine. Or maybe you could just pay it for him so he won't get mad at you.

HeatCheat
HeatCheat

So why weren't Lebron and DWade fined for flopping in game 3?  The video evidence is on the net for anyone to see.  Their flops in those games were clearer than any flops in game 4.

Also, Lance Stevenson gets fined for flinching when Ray Allen throws a malicious elbow at his head.  But Allen gets nothing for throwing the elbow?  The NBA cannot be serious.

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

Now how about the fine for LeBron criticizing the officiating.  Not gonna happen? Nope didn't think so.

Oldtimeduffer
Oldtimeduffer

They should grade the flop from 1-10 and assess the fine accordingly.  James and West both deserve a "5" (average flop) because at least they had contact.  Stephenson earns a 9.5 (and therefore a higher fine) for reacting so violently to the simple movement of air near his body.

loyer54
loyer54

@moyer53 If you treat Lebron or DWade or anybody else any differently than other players because they are better players or because they make more money for the league, the game has no integrity whatsoever.  You can't let your feelings about a player affect how the game is called.  Everybody who knows anything about justice or fair play understands this.  Too bad you don't.

JoeThornnton6g
JoeThornnton6g

@Tito1 Yeah, I sometimes think I could like Lebron.  But then he goes and starts flopping and not in a subtle way but like a flamboyant priick as if to flaunt the NBA rules.  And his Holier-Than-Thou attitude (same as all the Heat players) and I really just can't stand to look at the dude anymore.

Jill12oBeen
Jill12oBeen

@HeatCheat I would refuse to pay the fine if I was Lance.  That was in no way a flop.  And I'd fine Ray Allen for throwing an elbow, regardless that it didn't connect.  Throwing elbows has NO PLACE in basketball and should be called a flagrant EVERY TIME.  David Stern should resign and let someone else run the league.

warechauncey
warechauncey

@HeatCheat Very much agree with the bad flop call on Stevenson. It was a reaction to Allen acting as he was going to throw an elbow at his head. Is Stevenson suppose to only react if he actually gets hit with the elbow? Everyone can play as cool as Vin Diesel when that harpoon went by his head in Fast 6. 

Ronballer777
Ronballer777

@nature boy ric f. Lebron is the best at cajoling the officials during the course of the game.  He and Wade are always going over and befriending them, conversing with them, putting their hands on their shoulders and around their waists.  No way in the world should this be allowed.  The players are way out of line to even look at the officials.  The only reason they do so is to try and influence them.  Yet the NBA does nothing.  Just like they do nothing about DWade's juicing.

Chris8
Chris8

@Oldtimeduffer Stephenson also committed to it enough to have a nice expression of surprise on his face!