The league’s anti-flopping rules are relatively toothless, and attempt to shame players into changing this particular behavior rather than truly punishing them for it.
A warning is issued for a first offense of the season, which is followed by a $5,000 fine for the second — a pittance by NBA contract standards.
Nick Young became the latest to receive a warning for flopping on Thursday, for a play that occurred in the Lakers’ Tuesday night win over the Hawks. Except this one, which can be seen in the video clip above, doesn’t feel like it’s all that worthy of the additional scrutinization.
Young falls down after attempting a three-pointer with Kyle Korver in the vicinity, but just because the referees blew the call and awarded Young three free throws doesn’t mean he intentionally fell down in an attempt to deceive them.
All this does is show how the league continues to be misguided where this policy is concerned. After all, this triple-flop from earlier in the season somehow managed to go unnoticed, and it was far more egregious than what Young did on this particular play.