The NBA was serious when it instituted the new anti-flopping rules in attempts to keep the game honest against players who try to bait the referees into making inaccurate calls. On Wednesday the Association announced that it was fining a second player this season for violating the anti-flopping rules and both players have been forwards for the Brooklyn Nets.
Two weeks ago the NBA fined Nets backup power forward Reggie Evans $5,000 for violating the new rule and now Brooklyn starting small forward Gerald Wallace has been assessed with the same penalty for his actions as well.
Wallace was fined for picking up his second violation of the anti-flopping rule late in the third quarter of the Nets 102-89 loss to the Miami Heat last Saturday night. Wallace attempted to draw a charge on Heat forward LeBron James by falling to the floor when James drove to the basket with 51.3 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Wallace’s first violation came in the Nets’ 96-89 win over their cross-town rivals, the New York Knicks on November 26.
If Wallace were to violate the policy again, he would be fined $10,000 for his third violation, $15,000 for a fourth violation, $30,000 for a fifth and a sixth time could result in a possible suspension for the one-time all-star.
The players in the Nets front court must find a way to defend well sans flopping all over the court. If they continue flopping then they will find themselves not only lighter in the wallet, but could also cost the team some wins during their absence on the court.
So far this season Wallace is averaging 9.9 points 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, but has been heating up as of late shooting 46% from three-point range over Brooklyn’s past five games.