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Ricky Rubio receives warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule (VIDEO)

Apr 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Ricky Rubio received a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule, the league announced on Saturday.

The violation came with 46 seconds remaining in Minnesota’s home win over the Thunder on March 29th, and honestly, it’s one of the weaker ones the league has seen as fit to punish.

Rubio appears to take contact to the head from the shoulder of Kevin Durant on the drive, and while the helicopter spin to the ground may have been exaggerated, the contact was made nonetheless, and the referees weren’t fooled into calling a bogus foul by Rubio’s actions.

Whatever the league’s reasoning was in choosing to warn Rubio for this particular play, there’s no doubt he’s earned it with countless others over the course of the season that have gone unnoticed.

Maybe it’s just something about playing against the Thunder. As you may recall, J.J. Redick received a flopping warning earlier this week for a play against Oklahoma City that was far worse than this one.

  1. aklolzer - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Huge flop. There’s about 40 of these a game that should be warned or fined as well. Thought I was watching soccer for a minute.

  2. savvybynature - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Would love to see some insight into why this gets a warning from the league and other more egregious flops are ignored. Everyone please look up Bosh’s flop from earlier in the season against Reggie Evans and the Nets (the Huffington Post covered it, a link can be found easily by googling “Bosh flop”) and his flop against the Bulls last week (youtube search Bosh and the date, 03/27/13).
    In both instances Bosh flops when there ISN’T EVEN ANY CONTACT. He has done this before too.
    I agree that this is a flop by Rubio, but there should be some consistency from the league with these warnings and fines, otherwise it seems like they are just cherry picking to make it look like they are doing something about flopping when in reality they are doing nothing.

    • Nostrils10 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      $$$$$ … all that matters is the $$$$$$

  3. northstarnic - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Savvybynature: you apparently are not savvy to how the NBA operates. Rubio = timberwolves. Bosh = heat. That is the answer to your question. And, frankly, I’m a little embarrassed you needed an explanation.

  4. saint1997 - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    hehe i get it was a flop but MAN that was a good one. The crowd believed it!

  5. davidly - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    This is what savvybynature is talking about (Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller are flopping as well):

    • savvybynature - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Actually Davidly, that Bosh flop happened in 2011, before the league instituted its policy of warning and then fining players for flopping.
      But unfortunately, Bosh apparently has an affinity for flopping against the Bulls, as this video from last week’s game against the Bulls demonstrates:

      As you can see it is another instance of Bosh flopping when there isn’t even contact from Taj Gibson before Bosh collapses and slides across the floor! It’s embarrassing really, and with the benefit of video review there is no excuse for the league to let it go.

      • savvybynature - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        And here is the video of Bosh flopping against Reggie Evans and the Nets in January. As you can see he flails his head back like he was hit as he releases the ball, even though there is clearly no contact. He was even awarded the call and FTs for his acting job, but the league still let it pass:

        Meanwhile, Rubio tries to sell a charge where there WAS contact (not enough to warrant a charge, mind you) and get a flopping warning. I don’t get it, and I think the league should be more accountable for how it enforces this new power.

  6. seattlenative57 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Rubio is permanently a flop-waiting-to-happen

  7. raidmagic - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I gotta be honest. I hope this never goes away. I just LOVE these videos. I can’t get enough. There is just something hilarious to me about grown men flinging themselves around after little or no contact like they were shot on a civil war battle field.

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