The NBA is trying to stamp out flopping. Or so it says. This season, exaggerators will be fined anywhere from $5,000 to the price of a Kia Optima. But flopping remains alive and well in the league. Despite David Stern’s stern message to the league, no one has been fined so far. The act of embellishing contact — lurching 200 yards backwards after a bump, toppling over after an arm check, etcetera — is pretty much eternal.
Here’s a breakdown of the NBA’s new flopping fines:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
L.A. Clippers star forward Blake Griffin (known to you as the Kia guy) is one of the most notorious offenders. During Saturday’s Warriors-Clippers game, which Golden State won 114-110, David Lee shoved Blake Griffin under the basket and Griffin, naturally, exaggerated the contact. The two got into it. One bump led to another and before you know it, they’re getting separated by a referee.
But it appears that Lee was upset about Griffin’s histrionics. He gave Mr. Griffin a simple message: “Stop flopping.” I doubt the NBA will take any action against Griffin, but it’s good to see someone finally call him out on it.