The NBA has fined Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace $5,000 for his second violation of the league’s anti-flopping rules today. Wallace was first warned for flopping in the Nets’ 96-89 overtime victory over the New York Knicks on Nov. 26th when he took a shot to the throat by Carmelo Anthony with less than a minute left in the game.
The league defines flopping as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.”
The so-called “flop” that Wallace took on Anthony is a complete joke and over-reaction to the leagues new mandate of players not defrauding the officials.
The play in question was with .52 seconds left in the game and the Nets had the game already won and Anthony took it upon himself to play hero-ball and pad his stats and when Wallace came up to guard him on the three-point line Anthony forearmed him right in the chin and Wallace did what any human would do if they got chopped in the throat. He fell backward and reacted to the forearm:
Wallace is the second player in the NBA and the second Net to be fined under the new rules. Reggie Evans was fined last week after he was warned prior and was deemed to have “flopped” again and was fined the same amount as Wallace.
Wallace’s next violation, which would be his third, would result in a $10,000 fine. A fourth violation would result in a $15,000 fine, a fifth $30,000, and six or more could lead to a suspension.
I understand the idea that “flopping” does not look good on the game, but this is a part of the game that has gone on for decades and I am with the NBA for wanting to curb this trend that, Vlade Divac and other foreigners brought to the USA, but I just want the NBA to carefully give out these fines and know when someone hits your throat you are going to react and not necessarily “flop.”
John Paolantonio is a Featured Columnist for RantSports.com, covering the Brooklyn Nets. Follow John on twitter @pingshoops and like his page on FaceBook for all of his latest articles, thoughts, and rants.