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James Harden receives flopping warning from league (VIDEO)

Nov 7, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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We’re less than two weeks into the NBA season and James Harden has become the sixth NBA player to get a flopping warning from the league. Guys are really setting a fast pace here out of the gate this year.

Harden’s came in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers Tuesday (you can see the video here or below). Harden pump faked and went up for an elbow jumper over Wes Mathews, one where Mathews tries to face guard Harden a little — but Harden goes to the ground and sold it like he had been punched. It worked, Harden got the foul call, but now he gets a warning as well.

If he is caught again there will be a $5,000 fine for Harden. Which is basically a slap on the wrist and doesn’t stop anybody from flopping, but we knew that already.

Harden joins fellow NBA stars Kevin Love and John Wall in getting flopping warnings early this season. They’re trendsetters.

  1. moseskkim - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    i love how they are enforcing flop penalties. its worked and needs to continue to work. those fouls on players/free throws can really sway momentum and can even help determine the outcome of games.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      It only “works” on egregious violators. Your stealth floppers – the master artists – will never be warned or fined. Guys like Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant – they are Daniel Day Lewis and Marlon Brando to James Harden’s Jim Carrey.

      • kavika6 - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:42 AM

        Entire Heat team.

  2. belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Yes, like in the Bulls game when Kurt Hinrich touched Stephenson with his pinky finger and got called for a flagrant foul.

  3. bendover09 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I’m pretty sure they’ll take a flop for a win any time then the owner will pay the fine. Other than that, this type of money can be pulled from their underwear. If you want to make a statement make it a stiffer sentence.

  4. lolo376 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    The fines should double after every occurrence. They’ll start to notice after awhile, or do what the NFL does, after so many fines you can get suspended!

  5. misremembered72 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    there’s no room for flopping in the nba. I hope they follow through with fining the SUPERSTARS this year not just jj barea. This needs to go away forever. I’m talking 3rd clear flopping violation= 25K. This isn’t soccer

  6. kb2408 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Harden or Lin can’t (won’t) play defense, so they have to flop. In the playoffs defense, or a lack thereof, is going to be Houston’s undoing.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      That’s what they have Dwight for.

      And this was an offensive flop so…

      • kb2408 - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        How did that work against the Clips? They dropped almost a buck and a half on Houston AND Dwight.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        That was on outlier on the road against a high octane offense that made 15 threes – not much a center can do to prevent threes from going in. You’re going to lose that game regardless if a team is that hot (same thing that happened tonight).

        But the Rockets only allow 96.2 points a game outside of the the Clippers game.

  7. jhuck92 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    So this is your source? They’re not paying you enough at PBT for League Pass, you have to use a camcorder to record the game? That’s old school.

    (Just kidding)

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      I spent a lot of time looking for a better view. I can record what I’m watching but didn’t see that live.

  8. jaxandsky - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Lakers put up 99

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