It was only a matter of time that someone would be the ‘first’ to fall victim to the new NBA flopping rules. After reviewing the film, the league has issued two “official warnings” to Wolves J.J. Barea, and Cavaliers Donald Sloan for their respective flops last Friday. After receiving a flopping warning your next offense then becomes a fine of $5000. Each subsequent offense the fine increases significantly, and after a few the league can even decide to suspend you from play. No wonder the players union is filing a grievance with the league about the fines.
There has been a lot of debate not only about the new rule, but also about which players would be the most frequently fined under this new rule. Check out the incidents which got the NBA’s attention first.
Wolves J.J. Barea throws his head back violently after a ghost slap from Kings sophomore Jimmer Fredette:
Cavaliers Donald Sloan throws his body around wildly after bumping into Mohammed and Hinrich:
If it were up to us we would probably agree about Sloan’s flop, but not so sure Barea deserved a warning on that. Definitely a flop, but certainly not the worst flop we’ve ever seen. Well what do you think? Deserving of the warnings?