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First Flopping Fine

November 12, 2013 by  

First Flopping Fine, The NBA announced Monday that Rockets guard James Harden has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy for the second time this season. Harden, who will earn $13.7 million in salary this season, is the first player to receive a fine during the 2013-14 season.

Harden’s flop occurred with roughly four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of of Houston’s 107-94 home loss to the Clippers on Saturday night. With L.A. leading 92-83, Harden recovered an offensive rebound in traffic. As Blake Griffin closed in to trap Harden on the baseline, Harden leaned away to his left before launching himself to the ground out of bounds. The backside referee called a four on Griffin, awarding two shots to Harden, even though replays indicated that contact was minimal at best.

This type of flop was specifically called out in the NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Spurs guard Tony Parker was fouled on a drive but unnecessarily sent himself flying to the ground.

“The highlighted offensive player will draw a legitimate defensive foul on the drive but he subsequently over-embellishes the contact by flailing his arms and spinning to the floor,” the video’s narrator explains. “This over-embellished action is inconsistent with the level of contact and the direction of the contact.”

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