Posted January 11, 2014

Heat’s LeBron James fouls out, then accuses Nets’ Andrei Kirilenko of flopping

Andrei Kirilenko, Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James, Miami Heat

LeBron James accused Andrei Kirilenko of flopping on multiple occasions during Brooklyn’s 104-95 double overtime victory over Miami on Friday, a game that saw the reigning MVP foul out for the first time since 2008.

Three of James’ six fouls were drawn by Kirilenko: one on a shooting foul and two on offensive fouls by James. Nets guard Shaun Livingston also drew an offensive foul on James with 36 seconds remaining in the first overtime period that fouled out the Heat forward. The 2003 No. 1 pick has fouled out in just four regular season games over his 11-year career.

CBSSports.com reported that James pointed the finger at Kirilenko during his post-game comments.

“I thought Kirilenko flopped a few times, to be honest about it,” James said. “He flopped a few times and he got the call. I thought the last one that fouled me out, that could’ve been a charge for sure. He was trying to put his hands on me as I drove and that’s’ what got him off balance and he was able to get the call. But Kirilenko flopped on me a couple of times.”

One of James’ offensive fouls came during a fourth quarter sequence in which he drew a flagrant foul on Nets forward Mirza Teletovic.

With a little less than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Nets leading 80-77, James pushed the ball up in transition. As he approached the three-point line, James used his left arm to clear Andrei Kirilenko off of him, and the whistle blew for an offensive foul. As James’ momentum continued into the paint, Teletovic wrapped his arms around James’ head in a half-horsecollar before quickly pulling them back because the play was dead.

James was given the offensive foul on that play for clearing away Kirilenko, but it’s possible that the Russian forward will receive a flop warning for his flailing reaction, which appeared inconsistent with the level of contact delivered by James’ push-off. James’ left arm appeared to contact Kirilenko in the chest, but Kirilenko’s head snapped back and he raised both of his arms as he spun away from the play.

The NBA instituted an anti-flopping policy prior to the 2012-13 season. Players are given one free warning during the regular season for flopping before they are subject to a graduated scale of fines for additional violations. Kirilenko has no prior flop warnings this season, so a warning for this play would not result in a fine.

During the 2013 playoffs, James said that he does not simulate fouls after the Bulls accused him of flopping during the conference semifinals.

“I don’t need to flop,” James said, according to the Associated Press. “I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.”

However, he also said that does can see value in deceiving the officials.

“Some guys have been doing it for years, just trying to get an advantage,” James said in May, according to ESPN.com.  “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it.”

The NBA would later fine James $5,000 for flopping during the Eastern Conference finals against the Pacers. There are no free warnings in the playoffs.

The NBA assigned 24 flopping violations to 19 different players during the 2012-13 regular season. Five players received two infractions each, earning fines totaling $25,000, with zero players getting dinged three or more times. So far this season, 18 different players have been warned for flopping, with two players earning fines for repeat occurrences.

Flopping is defined by the league as “any physical act that, following review, reasonably appears to be intended to cause the game officials to call a foul on another player” with the “primary factor” in determining a flop being whether “a player’s physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.”

James finished with a game-high 36 points (on 12-for-21 shooting), seven rebounds and five assists. Cole added 18 points (on 8-for-14 shooting) and seven assists in a losing effort.

Kirilenko tallied one point (on 0-for-2 shooting), five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

After Paul Pierce missed potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation and overtime, the Nets pulled away from the James-less Heat in the second overtime period. Miami took the court without Dwyane Wade (rest) and Mario Chalmers (Achilles) on Friday.

Brooklyn improved to 15-21 with the win. Miami dropped to 27-10 with the loss.

20 comments
Udaho
Udaho

How can King Flop whine about others flopping...

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

And when Teletovic grabbed James, LeBron jerked his head back even if there was no contact there.  He does, Wade does it and now a group of players do it.  Welcome to the new NBA.

Tito1
Tito1

How does it feel when someone flops Queen James???? Hahahaha I love it how King Flop accuses another player of doing what he does every single game

zurowski1979
zurowski1979

No flop James Pushed off him with his hand you can see the full are extension.

guspiliafas
guspiliafas

James is such a baby. He and Wade whine all the time. Grow up and act like a man, you big baby!

ak_tatiracanal
ak_tatiracanal

Kirilenko flopped, it's up to the refs to keep on eye on him from this point on. If the Heat had won the game, I don't know if LeBron would have said as much.


I think the best thing for LeBron to do, is when they play the Nets again, play at such a high level that Kirilenko doesn't want any part of him.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Lebron's such a baby.  They showed a shot of him during the 2nd overtime and he was on the bench literally pouting.  His bottom lip was all tucked out.  

CâlinRâdulescu
CâlinRâdulescu

there's a certain stinch in his comments...

he's such a faker, he's been one all his life, he can't even play the game of basketball right

I bet you can find 50 instances of plays where he travels, 50 where he barrels through somebody but HE gets the call and around 20-30 flops...

he's a ver very good player, but not a great one... he'll never be the greatest, and it's especially because of his mindset!

KeithKoloff
KeithKoloff

@CâlinRâdulescu If he is all these negative things how come he has more money than you? I guess you inferior to a little black kid from Akron. Step ya game up Caucus boy 

webbs04
webbs04

@CâlinRâdulescuWhat do you know? You ever played basketball? Kirilenko flopped, if you can honestly look at the play and say he didn't, thats not a good look on your part. Yiou say barrels through guys because hes strong so it looks like that, he plays the game hard every night..don't disrespect the King. A lot of the guys in the nba flop. You can't say he will never be greatest because of his mindset...he's a two-time nba champion, 4 time MVP ..countless awards and achievements...are you kidding me? Get off the LeBron hate train..it has not destination

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

@KeithKoloff @ShawnKemp2012 ,

Well, I remember a game against the Bulls when he had a altercation with Noah and James came over to the Bulls bench until James Johnson stood up and started coming over and James moved right away.  Johnson is a 5th degree black belt and every bit as big as James.  He would've killed him.

mm4life
mm4life

@KeithKoloff@CâlinRâdulescuso keith, you are basing someone's worth to society on the amount of money they make???? i would say then by your standards every american soldier doesn't do anything for our country because we are some of the lowest paid professionals there are...you see, we are duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year...so if you are lucky enough to make say 65k, that equates to $164 a day or better yet a little less than $7 an hour...so before you go spouting about what someone makes and that money makes them somehow better than me, i would encourage you to take the oath, do your time and look down the barrel of a rifle and tell me who would be more of a hero to little kids than some overgrown baby...they are paid alot of money to do their job...so why do they feel the need to jump and down when they make a shot or block a shot???..you don't see soldiers doing celebration dances when they have been involved in TIC for hours on end...oh i better tell you that means troops in contact - that means they are taking fire from the enemy...so before you ride the sweat from Queen James' nutsack maybe you understand what it takes to really be a role model or hero!!!!!!  Oh and I am white by the way and in no way do I feel inferior to black man from anywhere!!!!


oh and every drug dealer that makes alot of illegal money in your eyes, because you base things on money, i should feel inferior to him as well???

pval
pval

@KeithKoloff@CâlinRâdulescu 

So now money is the criterion to judge a person....I guess then that Al Capone was an outstanding citizen.....

BTW if you happen to meet Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, are you going to grovel at their feet ????

myhandlerules
myhandlerules

@webbs04@CâlinRâdulescuHe will never be the greatest because of his mindset. The mindset that said "Geez, winning in Cleveland is hard and I can't do it without two All-Star buddies to help me out." That's all there is to it.