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Nets’ Gerald Wallace becomes second player fined for flopping

Dec 5, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James is defended by Brooklyn Nets' Gerald Wallace during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Reuters

Got to say this for Gerald Wallace — he saves his flops for the biggest stars.

Wallace became the second NBA player fined for flopping, getting to write a $5,000 check to the league for clearly trying to sell a call against LeBron James last Saturday. LeBron made contact with his right arm but then Wallace launches himself back like he was shot out of a cannon. You can see the video on NBA.com.

Wallace gets fined because this is his second flopping offense — he was warned for a flop on Carmelo Anthony earlier this season. Consider that a warning for when Kobe Bryant goes up against Wallace next — look for the flop. He saves it for you elite guys.

Wallace joins fellow Net Reggie Evans as the only two NBA players fined for flopping. Brooklyn Flop City! The next flop for either of them draws a $10,000 fine from the league. (That money goes to the league charity, by the way.)

Expect to see more and more of these fines as the season wears on. Is it effective? Ask me come April and May, when the playoffs roll around. Stopping flops in December is not the goal of the league’s new policy. But ask yourself if Chauncey Billups would take the flopping warning or a fine to get two crucial points that tied the game late in the fourth quarter, points that helped the Clippers get a win over the Jazz Monday night.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    He flopped FOUR TIMES blatantly against Anthony in that game.

    • davidly - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      I think he flopped twice on that play alone.

  2. doublezero74 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Nets are complete chumps. Just like Brooklyn is

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      he said from behind his monitor………………….

      Brooklyn…………….

    • 24thesho - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:18 AM

      I dare your punk a** to say that aloud as you are walking down Nostrand Avenue or Coney Island. Haha!

  3. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    probably every player in the nba flops. gerald wallace hustles, plays hard, and is aggressive, and that usually results in aggressive frustration fouls against him.

    that is the essence of his game; let’s not talk about gerald wallace like he’s an italian soccer player.

    • letangusespertplus - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      tell him to stop acting like one. he flopped last night on an inbounds pass. stackhouse threw himself across half court at one point. the nets flop don’t try to defend it. this video makes it quite obvious.

  4. dko83 - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I don’t really care if it’s effective, I still love the fines. They can keep doing it all they want, more money for charity.

  5. BigBeachBall - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Who will be the top 3 players that “incur” the most flops over a season?

  6. lemfax - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Flopping is an art… Fine is a fund raising…

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