That play is pretty much exactly why the league added the flopping warning this season.
The Nuggets’ Corey Brewer is running down court side-by-side with the Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe last Thursday (a Nuggets win), then there is minor contact and Brewer sells it like they were a sniper in the third row. And it worked, he got the call.
Now he’s gotten a flopping warning from the league. Next time he gets a $5,000 fine.
The system apparently has worked, the incidents of obvious flops have seemed to drop as the season wore on.
But the real test is ahead — the playoffs.
Flopping became and issue in the playoffs last season and while guys seem less willing to risk a fine or the embarrassment of being called out for something right now, that could change with a lot more on the line in the postseason. No word from the league on if it will change or increase the flopping penalties for the postseason. But that’s when the league needs it to stop, when everybody is watching the games and there is more on the line. But when there is more on the line there is more incentive to do whatever it takes to give your team an edge.
Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.
This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?
The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.
“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”
As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.
“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”
Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.
I think Cousins can help provide that.
I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.
PBT Extra bold prediction preview: Markieff Morris will be a happy Sun
So what should we expect from Markieff Morris’ upcoming season?
Relative calm, I tell Jenna Corrado of NBCSports in this latest edition of PBT Extra previewing the NBA season.
The reasons are twofold. First, he has to realize the Suns aren’t trading him anyway (especially not while he publicly demands a trade, lowering his trade value). Second, can you imagine how new locker room leader Tyson Chandler is going to react to that? Chandler was brought in to fill a leadership void in the locker room, and you can bet he will make his displeasure at such team-disrupting antics known.