The NBA’s fine system for flopping this season was really based around the idea that guys would be embarrassed. The fines were not that stiff. In the regular season the first offense was a warning, second time the fine was $5,000, then $10,000 and up from there. In the playoffs, all they did was remove the warning.
As we saw LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson all get fined for flops on Thursday, safe to say it doesn’t look like it’s working.
If you really want it to stop, hit guys in the pocketbook, says Shane Battier of the Heat. I know, a lot of you just screamed “Him? He plays dirty. He’s a flopper” But hear the man out, via Tom Haberstroh at ESPN.
“Money,” Battier said. “Money, always….
“People say public scorn or the humiliation [matters],” Battier said, “but players couldn’t care less about being publicly humiliated. They couldn’t care less…
“No one cares,” Battier said. “In our society now, labels don’t matter. Labels change every 10 minutes. But money? It hurts. I hate to sound like a capitalist, but that’s much more effective than public humiliation.”
It’s not going to stop everybody in every case — flopping isn’t something new to the NBA, go back and watch some Vlade Divac highlights if you want to — but the public humiliation angle didn’t work. So it’s time to try something else.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson completed his staff Wednesday, naming Jay Triano associate head coach and Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches.
Triano spent the last four seasons as assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, including Watson’s final season as a player in 2013-14. The first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history when he directed Toronto, he also is the coach of Canada’s national team.
Corbin was Sacramento’s interim head coach for 28 games in 2014-15. He played the Suns in 1987-89.
Bjorkgren remains with the Suns after spending last season as assistant coach/player development coordinator. He also was head coach of the Suns’ NBA Summer League team the past two years.
The Suns also named Marlon Garnett assistant coach/player development coordinator, and Scott Duncan and Jason Fraser player development coaches.