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Dirk Nowitzki warned for flop vs. Nuggets (VIDEO)

Nov 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki, welcome to the club.

That’s the club of star players who have gotten a warning from the league about flopping. Nowitzki earned his in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ loss to Denver Monday night, when Darrell Arthur closed out and contested the jumper and Nowitzki fell like he was reenacting the Kennedy assassination in honor of the 50th anniversary.

The first time a player is called out by the league he gets a warning (as Nowitzki did), then the fines start in $5,000 increments. Which is going to really slow down Nowitzki, who is making $22 million this season.

The flopping club is a popular one, other name players with warnings this season are Kevin Love, John Wall and Chris Paul — plus James Harden has topped them all with a warning and a second offense earning him a $5,000. Other players hit with warnings have been Iman Shupert, Corey Brewer, Patty Mills, Zaza Pachulia, Anderson Varejao and Jared Sullinger.

Hat tip to The Point Forward for the video.

  1. sisisisisisisi - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    He’s not bad when acting for the Mavs commercials, but not so much as you can see on the video,

  2. joegalvan02 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    watching the game live, dirk landed on DA’s foot… i don’t know if this was a flop, as much as self preservation. if anything Dirk should get warnings for the 2-3 cheap over the back calls he draws a game. that is world class acting right there.

    also… classy joke about an American tragedy that happened to take place in Dallas. nice work.

  3. bjornreyes - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Whoa. These guys seriously need to take acting lessons.

    • kavika6 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:25 AM

      They need to hire LBJ and Wade to be their acting mentors.

  4. antistratfordian - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Well what do you expect from a guy who said:

    If you play me physical then, obviously, I’ve got to sell the call and get to the line. That’s just part of the game.


    It’s part of sports. It’s part of winning. Some people are smart and do a little extra thing to kind of sell the call. I don’t have a problem with that.

    Gotta love Dirky, though. Especially around Thanksgiving.

  5. kinglorious - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    So lame.

  6. ddpenny - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    the nba warning is ridiculous!!! its not a flop. its what shooters do landing after a shot when a defender is so close for comfort (look at dirks and arthurs foot.). nowitzki avoids arthurs right foot by arching back after the shot which and falls on his back (normally). with his size and the way he falls it did look like a flop? wth

  7. riders008 - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    If that is the case why is he flailing his arms everywhere ……..and I watched this game and he looked to the ref for the call……c’mon man…..stop being a homer

  8. sunlightpianist - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    The arms are okay for falling back. They shouldn`t call flops after stepping or nearly stepping on another players foot. At the beginning Darrell Arthurs right foot reaches far out to the left foot of the jumper, the same foot went later under the right foot after Nowitzki tried to come down a little bit to the right side. The last one is not intentional, but I understand a jump-shooter being angry about that. The reaching out of Arthurs right foot at the beginnng is not a natural defense movement.

  9. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Wow that was pretty obvious.

    The NBA has been pretty good at catching floppers so far…

  10. 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    European = soft

  11. belleby123 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    No Heat players on the list = total joke.

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