Posted June 02, 2013

Video: Heat’s LeBron James flops on Pacers’ Paul George in Game 6 loss

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Will LeBron James become the first repeat offender under the NBA’s postseason anti-flopping policy?

During the third quarter of Indiana’s 91-77 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday, James appeared to seriously exaggerate contact while defending Pacers forward Paul George, a move that could earn him his second flopping fine of the postseason.

The play in question unfolded after James ducked by a high screen from Roy Hibbert and attempted to close out on George, who was seeking a pass on the perimeter. George leaned his right arm into James, at which point the 2013 MVP launched his upper body and head backward as he fell to the ground. George was whistled for a foul. Replays appeared to indicate that James’ reaction was an embellishment inconsistent with the degree of contact given by George.

Later during the third quarter, Pacers fans at Indianapolis’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse serenaded James with chants of “He’s a flopper!” as he stepped to the free-throw line.

James was one of three players fined $5,000 each for flopping during Game 4. A second flopping violation would cost James $10,000 under the league’s stiffer postseason flopping policy, which removed a free warning given during the regular season.

James is now subject to the following fine scale.

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.

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During the regular season, 19 players were warned for flopping and five of those received fines for a second offense. James is one of seven players who have been fined during the postseason. The others: Pacers forward David West, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, Knicks guard J.R. Smith, Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph, Thunder guard Derek Fisher and Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.

Earlier during the Eastern Conference finals, James said that 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.

James 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 semifinals.

“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.”

The Heat and Pacers are now tied at three games apiece in the series. Game 7 is Monday in Miami.

Below, an animated GIF version of James’ reaction to the contact from George.



reggie: "was that a flop?"

steve: "it has to be!"

david stern: ? ....(deafening silence)

John w.
John w.

Lebron James leaped into George to cause the little bit of contact that he flopped to.

John w.
John w.

James pushes George with his forearm before he leaps forward using his legs to cutoff George's legs at the same time contacting George's forearm at which point James' flopped. Clearly if a foul is to be called with actual contact, the foul should have been on James (Otherwise no foul, however James made to much contact to have not been called for a foul).

aaretirement1 1 Like

he tries to flop his way to a ring.  even if he gets the ring, he is still just a $%X!

aaretirement1 1 Like

what a disgrace to the game!  and he calls himself the king? 

JasonW 1 Like

This is an absolute and total disgrace, but the solution is simple. Have a 4th ref on the video during playoffs at least. Until the last 2 minutes, he can review any suspected flop and punish it at the next stoppage with either a technical plus 1 free throws (if court refs did not fall for it), or with a technical plus 3 free throws and possession, and rescinding of the foul, if they fell for it. Last 2 minutes, any foul could be video reviewed. I somehow doubt that we'd see much of 250lb of muscles flying around like tumbleweed anymore after a couple of games with them rules.

dorado 2 Like

those measly fines don't mean anything to someone worth $100 million.  maybe the threat of suspension would be a better deterrent.

RichardPurvis 1 Like

I am so tired of seeing players flop! I'm also tired of hearing sportscasters say things like "if you can get away with it, why not?" The bottom line is, it's cheating!! 

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f. 2 Like

Obviously fining LeBron James $10,000 is not much of a deterrent.  Why not have Big Brother NBA guy watching the game have the ability to call in and say "hey you guys missed that call because LeBron flopped."  then give him a technical foul or whatever to remedy the situation, in game, ASAP.

StacyHutchens 1 Like

I love me some Lebron but that was just straight up EMBARRASSING to watch!! Play the game Lebron and win like a man! Geez he gave these haters some amo.


Good thing, Lebron doesn't live in New York City, he'd never be able to walk down 5th Avenue !! 

blah77 2 Like

Simply Ridiculous. The game was still close at that point so it is rather clear why LeFlop took advantage of the situation. 

The NBA's anti-flopping policy is ineffective in its current form. A couple of grand lost for professionals making millions a year is inconsequential. Frankly, the fine amount should be proportional to the offending player's salary and regular season flopping penalties should carry over into the post-season. Lastly, an automatic one-game suspension should occur at the third occurrence, not 5. Right now, writing a check, a couple of denial attempts in front of the media and then business as usual is about the only thing the NBA will get out of the floppers.

vicente 1 Like

i dont think it would matter whether its 10k or 100k, lebron would gladly pay-up any fine just to get into the finals.


It's hard to rip soccer for flopping when American NBA basketball' s biggest stars do it routinely. If you did that in a pick up game, you'd be laughed off the court.


If not for James, the Pacers would have swept the Heat. The Heat are an average team with one great player.


players at that level will do anything to win, so fines have no effect.  what is needed is an game penalty of some sort,  something which negates the competitive advantage you get from flopping.  a suspension is too strong because it would never be enforced.  since flopping helps the team win, you should penalize the player AND the team.  assess a technical on both the coach AND player AND what ever penalty was given to the other team.   regular season you assess them next game.  during the play-offs have another ref watching the video and assess it THAT game.     in this case, lebron would get a T and a personal foul, spolestra would get a T, and Miami would lose a possesion & george would have his foul erased.  


I don't blame him for selling the call. The refs are allowing far too much physical play against him in the lane. The last Hibbert call was a perfect example. What a joke. Hibbert catches the ball in the lane and Haslem gets called for a foul, but, on the other end, Hibbert gets away with far more contact. The calls are very inconsistent.


Lebron deserves a T for that joke of a flop. He barely got touched and he acted like he got shot.

Blazer_Duck 1 Like

The NBA is a joke. Oh wow, they'll fine him (maybe) for flopping. The amount they fine them is pittance compared to their salaries. Gee, would I take a $10 fine at my work if it meant I would get a promotion (or to the next round of the playoffs in a basketball player's world)? You're damn right I would. Until they start suspending guys, or fining them 100s of thousands of dollars, this rule is just a joke and the NBA's way to try and proclaim they don't like flopping (when really they don't give a damn).

Hampton180 2 Like

@Blazer_Duck Fines should be based on a percentage of a players salary.  What 10,000 means to a player like Lance Stephenson is much different than LeBron obviously.