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Reggie Evans becomes the first player fined for flopping under league’s new rules (VIDEO)

Nov 21, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

UPDATE 5:17 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets Reggie Evans has in fact been fined $5000 for this incident, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Nobody is shocked. He deserved it.

4:44 p.m. ET: Given the fact that Reggie Evans was prominently featured in the video the league showed to teams and media before the season started to demonstrate what would and would not be tolerated under the league’s new rules against flopping, the fact that he’s now likely to be the first player fined for it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

Evans received one of the first four warnings for flopping that’s been given out this season, and if after receiving a warning a player is determined to have flopped once again, they would receive a fine of $5,000.

The video clip above clearly features Evans “falling all over the place,” as Kobe Bryant might say.

It’s definitely a flop, but the thing about the league’s warnings so far is the fact they’ve been pretty subjective. The ones issued have unquestionably been for blatant violations, and this is certainly another one.

But there have been plenty of flops that have gone unpunished so far this season, so we’ll just have to see if this latest effort from Evans isn’t deemed severe enough, and ends up slipping through the cracks.

[via EOB]

  1. michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I only wish Floppy Divac was still in the league; he would have been fined 14 times by this point of the season.

  2. dko83 - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    This needs to be a fine. He’s been warned and this is pretty egregious.

  3. David Pruett - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Reblogged this on P.S.B..

  4. raidmagic - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Man he just put his hand on his back and Evans went flying, that’s pretty funny

  5. BigBeachBall - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Six or more could lead to a suspension.

    • jjzucall - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Six? Seriously? Presumably no one will ever be suspended under this format.

  6. joeyashwi - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    They should make flopping an automatic technical foul. That would be more of a penalty than $5k to a multimillionaire.

    • moseskkim - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      They determine if they are flops after the game. The technical wouldn’t have much effect. In realtime, it’s tough to tell if it’s a flop.

      • eugenesaxe - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        A tech would have more of an effect than a pocket-change fine. But as you point out, you can’t really judge a flop during a game w/o slowing the game to a crawl.

      • mytthor - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

        Can you imagine how horrible it would be if someone got a tech for flopping in a game when they really didn’t, and it was at a crucial time in the game?

    • borderline1988 - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Agreed – it doesn’t make sense to give technicals for flops in a game.

      And the fines do start to accumulate for repeat offenders…could be $30k (which is the level Evans will likely be at in a few weeks). $30k is enough to make Reggie Evans think twice.

      The annoying thing is that the league is going after the fringe players. The NBA really likes to protect and market its stars…so they are loathe to warn any of them. I’m waiting for that to happen.

      Wade isn’t that bad in my opinion…he always just drives hard into contact (at the rim) and tries to sell it by not landing on his feet. But at least he’s driving hard to the basket with traffic. Part of basketball fundamentals is to drive hard and look for contact.

      Guys like Chris Paul routinely fake being hit when they’re not being touched, or pretend to lose their balance or trip when running through a pick. That’s more of the stuff I’d like to see being called.

      • borderline1988 - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        Paul Pierce also loves to run through a pick on the perimeter and then scream likes he’s been shot and fall down. That’s the stuff that needs to be called. Or rebounders (like Evans) who try to draw fouls by pretending to be pushed under the basket.

        They shouldn’t give warnings when a player is driving to the basket, unless it’s ridiculously blatant. It’s the stupid perimeter stuff or positional rebounding stuff that drives me crazy.

      • jjzucall - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Agree on this one, Borderline … the problem is that offensive players often initiate contact. How often does a defensive player get called when his arms are straight up and a driving player brushes his chest without the defensive player moving?

  7. cantonbound13 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    It would have been Wade if he didn’t miss so many games already.

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