UPDATE 5:17 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets Reggie Evans has in fact been fined $5000 for this incident, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Nobody is shocked. He deserved it.
4:44 p.m. ET: Given the fact that Reggie Evans was prominently featured in the video the league showed to teams and media before the season started to demonstrate what would and would not be tolerated under the league’s new rules against flopping, the fact that he’s now likely to be the first player fined for it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Evans received one of the first four warnings for flopping that’s been given out this season, and if after receiving a warning a player is determined to have flopped once again, they would receive a fine of $5,000.
It’s definitely a flop, but the thing about the league’s warnings so far is the fact they’ve been pretty subjective. The ones issued have unquestionably been for blatant violations, and this is certainly another one.
But there have been plenty of flops that have gone unpunished so far this season, so we’ll just have to see if this latest effort from Evans isn’t deemed severe enough, and ends up slipping through the cracks.
Last season, concerns about flopping rocketed up the list of NBA issues. It’s not like flopping was anything new to the NBA, but it was in the spotlight and gathering attention. Basketball was drawing soccer comparisons.
And if there is one thing David Stern can’t tolerate, it’s the image of the NBA being sullied (lockouts aside).
So the NBA is going to have a new policy on it, tweeted both the New York Times Howard Beck and the Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney. This sums it up well.
One note from ref camp: NBA is close to finalizing policy on flopping. Will not carry in-game penalty. Will be reviewed after. Poss fine.
I think this is a good step. While referees can still call flopping to ask them to determine motive and action at the time of the foul is both often very difficult and would slow the game down. Better for guys to get a fine later and have that be the deterrent.
But you can bet there are going to be some borderline calls this year that will lead to controversy. Just wait.
NBA considers penalizing floppers day after incident
David Stern does not like where all this flopping is going. You can like to believe that its because Stern cares about the integrity of the game, I tend to believe he doesn’t like the PR hit the league has been taking on the issue, but either way he wants to crack down.
That may include watching video and handing out fines for flopping the day after, Stern said Monday after his newly formed competition committee met for six hours.
That kind of review is what the league already does for flagrant fouls and technicals, they get upgraded and downgraded all the time. This would be an extension of that, the league calling out obvious flops with a fine, Stern said. He even joked about the call players would get.
“Greetings from the league office. You have been assigned flopper status. No, I’m joking, but something like that,” Stern said. “That sort of lets people know that it’s not enough to say `it’s all part of the game.”‘
I think this can help with some of the most egregious flops. However, there are a lot of players who exaggerate existing contact and will be harder to determine and fine guys for. Basically, this is not going away totally. But maybe it can stop the plays where it looks like guys were shot by a sniper in the arena.
Any rule changes would need to be approved by this committee and then by the Board of Governors (the owners).