The league officially calls it “a physical act that was a flop,” and Sloan and Minnesota Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea were the first two players to receive the warnings.
It’s not necessarily a record to be proud of, but it’s usually nice to be the first-ever something or other in sports, and Sloan and Barea can now make this claim to fame.
Who knows, maybe they’ll end up as an answer (or question I guess) on “Jeopardy!” someday.
And as a bonus, they are not even being fined for their flopping as they will only receive the warnings that first-time offenders receive.
If the league calls them out on it again, though, they will be fined $5,000, and the fines will increase with every subsequent flop.
Sloan was called to the carpet for allegedly falling to the floor after tumbling a few feet due to running into a pick set by Nazr Mohammed of the Chicago Bulls.
In an AP article, Sloan seemed to confirm the allegation from the NBA saying, “The extra on the end kind of made it bad.”
Barea, meanwhile, is being warned by the league after he fell backward while defending the always-physical Jimmer Fredette of the Sacramento Kings.
Timberwolves Coach Rick Adelman stood up for his player in the AP article, though, arguing that Barea was hit in the face on the play and that he didn’t think he should have been warned for flopping.
After all of the attention that the anti-flopping rule received in the preseason, the results so far seem to be, well, so what?
For players who are trying to play good defense and impress their coaches, I doubt that a warning from the NBA bothers them too much right now. And if they get fined $5,000 the next time, well, so what? How does that hurt them? Will they have to wait another week before they can buy a used car?
They’ve got plenty of money, and it probably makes more financial sense for them to keep in the good graces of their coaches by trying to draw charges than to worry about if the NBA thinks they are selling the charges a little too much.