It looks like David Stern is actually serious about his new flopping policy. The NBA gave Jose Barea and Donald Sloan warnings for what the league perceived as flops in the first week of the year.
Here are the two flops the league decided were atrocious enough deal out punishments for.
Sloan totally flopped. But if the league is calling what Barea did flopping, its going to have a hard time explaining its inconsistently to questionable calls down the road (like on that is linked a few paragraphs down in this story).
The next time either of these guys are cited for flopping, they’ll be fined $5,000.
What’s yet to be seen about the league’s new flopping policy is whether they’ll apply to players people have actually heard of before.
This video of LeBron James reacting very late to a Carmelo Anthony foul (it was a foul) was posted on YouTube three days ago. It looks strikingly similar to the Barea foul and flop, except this one happened while the flopper was posting up.
If the league wants people to take this policy seriously, it has to become more consistent with dishing out warnings and fines as the year goes on.