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Mario Chalmers warned for flopping by league (VIDEO)

Jan 21, 2014, 5:05 PM EST

The Heat were about to lose to the Hawks on Monday when LeBron James tried to make the final seconds interesting with a three, which missed.

What the league noticed on that play was Mario Chalmers, who comes down the left side and tries to get into rebounding position, gets legitimately bumped from behind, and tries to sell that with a flop where he goes sprawling across the court.

Tuesday the league gave Chalmers a formal flopping warning. If he is caught again this year he gets a $5,000 fine.  Hey Barack Obama, you still have his back?

Chalmers makes it 21 NBA players warned for flopping this season. Two guys have been fined, James Harden and Corey Brewer, each $5,000. Just as a reminder, Jameer Nelson just got a $15,000 fine without a warning for doing the Sam Cassell/Major League II/Big Balls dance.  So you know what is important.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Stern must have retired

  2. shanelsweet - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Both are important, but I doubt that’s what you meant. It’s all about establishing the rules.

  3. antistratfordian - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Chalmers was fouled though. A lot of times a player will flop like that just so the refs notice the foul – otherwise the whistle won’t blow. There you are getting pounded and no whistle… what’s a player supposed to do? Well, as Shane Battier said, the refs want to see you on the ground otherwise they won’t think anything happened. Dirk Nowitzki also talked about that – defenders try to get away with a lot of crap on the low and if Dirky doesn’t flail the ref might not notice the legit foul. It’s shenanigans vs shenanigans. An epic battle.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      That’s a given and commentators have mentioned that, but guy just went half baseline off hardly anything. He either needs to tune his acting, or just quit it

      • antistratfordian - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Chalmers has always been a bad flopper. His stealth flop ability is terrible – but that goes for most of the Heat players. That’s why intellectual basketball fans shouldn’t be so annoyed by what they do – because when they do it, it’s obvious and we all have a chuckle.

        As I’ve said before, a bigger problem is our stealth flops. Players get away with it constantly and get 0 criticism and nary a warning from any authority. It’s very subtle, but much more effective at manipulating a game over time.

    • bougin89 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      This is classic.

  4. money2long - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    he must be learning from the best

  5. monkeyhateclean - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    The NBA should announce a decree that any player who receives a fine for flopping twice in their career will be determined ineligible for the Pro Basketball Hall Of Fame.

    Then watch, assclowns like James, Paul, Griffen, and others who (mistakenly) think they belong in the HOF won’t ever try flopping again. Ever.

    Their boring sense of entitlement, and lack of historical appreciation will always trump their base instinct for parlaying vapid star power into cheap foul calls.

    Every game. Way less Flops. And Only Flops From The Dregs Of The NBA. Guaranteed.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      The NBA does not own or control the Hall of Fame. Just to be clear.

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