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NBA issues flopping warnings to Royal Ivey, Gustavo Ayon and Tony Parker

Dec 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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Tony Parker? Flop? Well, I never!

The NBA has officially warned Parker, Royal Ivey and Gustavo Ayon today for violating the anti-flopping policy established this season. While this is solely a warning for all three players, if they’re accused of violating the policy again, they will be subject to a $5,000 dollar fine.

Parker’s flop came late in the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets on December 28th. You’ve probably seen this one in your rec league a few times. After a Houston miss, Parker had his eye on a defensive rebound, but he felt a slight nudge in his back, so he flailed his arms up and acted as if he had been shoved out of the way by Toney Douglas. Embarrassingly enough, the ball simply went out of bounds and no foul was called on Douglas, but the league took note of Parker’s embellishment act. You can watch the video of Parker’s flop here on

Royal Ivey’s flop was even more hilarious than Parker’s, and came in a game on December 26th against the Memphis Grizzlies. Ivey was guarding Jarryd Bayless coming up the court, and got picked off by a completely legal screen set by Memphis big man Darrell Arthur. In a clear attempt to earn a foul call in a tight game, Ivey really sold it, twisting in the air and flailing in a manner that was inconsistent with the amount of actual contact. You can watch video of Ivey’s flop here on

And finally, we have Gustavo Ayon’s flop in a game on December 26th against the New Orleans Hornets. Ayon got his Vlade Divac on, and treated Robin Lopez as if he were Shaq by completely collapsing to the ground as Lopez tried to establish post position. You can watch Ayon’s flop here.

Parker, Ivey and Ayon join the list of nine other players (Omer Asik, Chauncey Billups, Zaza Pachulia, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Patrick Patterson, Kevin Martin, Donald Sloan, and J.J. Barea) to be warned by the league for flopping. Wallace and Evans have both been fined $5,000 dollars as repeat offenders, and will be fined $10,000 for their next violations.

If you’d like to know what the league qualifies as a flop, here’s the NBA’s official flopping video, complete with unintentionally hilarious narration:

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    But still no one on the Heat or Clippers. FIGURES.

    • saint1997 - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Dude get over the whole woe is me the league hates small market teams when you’re a knicks fan.

  2. bearsandjazz - Dec 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Chris Paul and Tony Parker are the biggest floppers with Ginobili a close 3rd. Clippers (flop city) as a team
    Could have made this video.

  3. davidly - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Two things about the official video that I like:
    1) It reminds me of the instructional films from Lost.
    2) It basically says, “Be good at it, which means ‘not just well known for it.’ Don’t you realize that there is an NBA tradition here, an art-form that you ridicule with your flailing? And, anyway, our officiating is suspect enough as it is. You’re not helping.”

  4. kavika6 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Where’s lebron, wade, chris paul, griffin?

  5. spthegr8 - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Blake Griffin is the WORST by FAR!!!! I’ve seen him flop when the ref touched him, too seperate him from Z-Bo. It doesn’t get much worse then that!!!

  6. mazblast - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    When the really big guns like Kobe, LeBron, Dyane Wade, etc., on the Commissioner’s favored teams start getting warnings and fines, I’ll believe in this. Meanwhile, it’s just a way to remind players not to even attempt to cover the Golden Boys, the Designated Winners.

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