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First NBA flopping warnings go to J.J. Barea, Donald Sloan

Nov 5, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

Barea Hinrich AP

Congratulations J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan, you have gotten the historic first warnings from the NBA for flopping.

The league announced Monday that Minnesota’s Barea and Cleveland’s Sloan got warnings — there are no fines until their second offense (and then it is just $5,000 for the next offense).

The goal rather is to leak these and hopefully create some public humiliation (you know reporters are going to ask about this) that will keep guys from doing it in the future.

These are both pretty legit calls by the NBA.

Sloan has no room to argue. He was trying to pressure Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich as the Bull guard brought the ball up the court, and Sloan did get bumped on a Nazr Mohammed pick, but then he tried to sell the contact by looking like a second shooter in the grassy knoll took him out.

In Barea’s case, he was sliding with the ball handling Jimmer Fredette as he came across the top of the key, Fredette used his left arm to keep some space and while there was a little contact Barea threw his arms in the air and sold it well past the point of what the contact would have warranted. In this case Barea could argue he was throwing his arms up to keep his balance or that it wasn’t really that severe, but it was a pretty clear sell.

It will be interesting to see if this has any real impact as the season wears on, and particularly during the playoffs when more is at stake and players are willing to risk more.

  1. michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I love this so much. I only hope it doesn’t turn out like many new rules where the discretion becomes the problem. Giving the league and officials more things to watch/review often means more incorrect calls.

  2. e39er - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Entire Clipper teams needs a warning

    • stayhigh_247 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      well they do work in L.A. so all that acting is second nature. whats sad is they’re so deep and talented they dont have to flop..

  3. BigBeachBall - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    When the playoffs role around, the fines will start raining down…

  4. biasedhomer - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Love this.

    Hopefully when the superstars flop, they call them out as well. I know they did mention some stars in the “examples of flopping” video, but lets see them have the guts to warn them right when its still fresh in everyone’s memory.

  5. spthegr8 - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Blake Griffin better make some more of those AWFUL Kia commercial’s. The way he flop’s, he will be on ESPN’s 30 for 30, ” BROKE Part 2″!!!

    • stayhigh_247 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      I can see it now “UVO, loan me $5000”

  6. mazblast - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    When Kobe, LeBron, Dyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Carmelo, and similar players start getting public warnings, I’ll attach some credibility to this “effort”.

  7. heathater4lifeson - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Mazblast jj is a superstar in my book- he’s married to ms universe

    • kavika6 - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      Is she taller than him?

  8. scalfor3 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Call me when Lebron or Kobe gets called out for “selling a call” and I’ll be impressed.

    • kavika6 - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      I agree with mazblast and scalfor3.

  9. thegrey7 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    I like JJ, but he is a master of the flop. There is at least one instance a game where someone gives him a slight tap to the chest and he sells it like he just took Hulk Hogan’s big boot.

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