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League warns Chris Paul, Anderson Varejao for flopping

Nov 12, 2013, 8:02 PM EST

Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles Reuters

You had to know it was only a matter of time before Chris Paul got a flopping warning, the only question was when.

How about eight games?

Tuesday the league announced warnings for both the Clippers Paul and Anderson Varejao of the Cavaliers. These are the first offense this season warnings for the players, the second offense comes with a fine of $5,000 (James Harden got one Monday) and the fines climb slowly from there. No, that’s not much of a disincentive to flop, which is why you continue to see it.

Paul’s flop came Monday night against the Timberwolves in the third quarter (you can see the video on NBA.com). Blake Griffin had the ball at the elbow extended and wanted to get the ball to Paul down closer to the block but Ricky Rubio was fronting the pass. There was some light bumping going on then when Griffin made the pass Paul flops to the ground rather than make a play on the ball. It was a clear flop, it also worked — Rubio was whistled for the foul.

Varejao’s flop came Saturday night against Philadelphia (see the video here). In the first quarter Varejao was fighting for rebounding position with Lavoy Allen when Philly’s Thaddeus Young took a shot. Varejao had earned inside position and got a little push in the back, and Varejao shot forward on that like he was hit by a linebacker. The refs made the right move here by just ignoring it.

Expect Paul to get a fine this season, maybe a few. He’s one of the league’s more notorious floppers. And this slap on the wrist fines aren’t going to stop him if he thinks he can get an advantage for his team.

  1. titansbro - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Here’s an idea, train the refs to spot an easy to spot flop. Most flops are over the top acting.

    • Anoesis - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Even better would be for the head of officiating to tell his refs to stop calling fouls they don’t see. A successful flop is nothing more than causing the ref to make an assumption that there was a foul he must not have seen. Not all actual fouls are called because they aren’t all seen, but calling a foul based on the perception of what might have happened is even worse.

  2. losanginsight - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Flop city strikes again! Let’s see if CP3 or Harden can out flop Lbj this year. Floppers should have to sit out a game with a dunce hat on.

  3. spthegr8 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I’m SHOCKED it took them this long to get Cp3. He FLOPS with the best of them( not that it’s something to brag about but he takes pride in his flopping, so much that, he wants fines taken away for Flopping SMFH ) If he gets fines taken away cuz he is player union president, does it make him the Godfather of Flopping???

  4. losanginsight - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Let’s see if CP3 or Harden can dethrone LBJ as the leagues biggest flopper. These clowns should have to miss a game and wear a dunce hat on the bench.

  5. maracineanu16 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    You have to suspend players from playing 1, 2, 3, etc. games in order to stop this, because – like 5000$ for a player on a maximum deal????/? C’mon, guys

  6. wwttww - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Billy Knight knew of Chris Paul’s flopping coming out of Wake Forest and knew to steer clear and draft Marvin Williams.

  7. belleby123 - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    When the league warns a Heat player we’ll know this isn’t a bunch of bullish&t.

    • rodyaugu - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      If a heat had flopped i’m sure you would see it here.

      • belleby123 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Probably–LeBron is still on record saying it’s a good strategy.

  8. skinsfanwill - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    No one flops as much as Chris Paul. But I agree with titanbro, If the refs stop calling it, the players will stop doing it. It’s like asking a QB to stop hard counting and drawing the defense offsides. If it works then why not do it.

    • spthegr8 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      @Skinsfan
      “Why not do it” Because it compromise’s the integrity of the game. Thats why!!

      • spthegr8 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Basketball is a man’s game. No place for Flopping/Acting.

  9. shuttaman1990 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Chris will never be in the hall of fame.
    Flopping into it won’t work!

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