It took all of three days for the NBA to call out the first flopper of the 2013-14 NBA season. Congratulations to John Wall, who received a warning from the league office for this bit of balletics during the fourth quarter of the Washington Wizards' season-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday:
I mean, we all know Kyle Singler's a super-diesel irresistible force with the proportional strength of a spider, but he's not that strong, John.
Wall's embellishment violated the league's rule against committing "any physical act that, following review, reasonably appears to be intended to cause the game officials to call a foul on another player," which is why it earned him the new season's first reprimand. It won't cost him anything, but does put him in danger of shelling out some bread if he tries it again. A quick reminder on the NBA's flop penalty schedule:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
Violation 6: Subject to discipline reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension
The league introduced a system to penalize flopping before the start of the 2012-13 NBA season, and upgraded penalties for last year's playoffs, eliminating the warning strike and hitting simulators with a $5,000 fine from the first transgression. Nineteen players ran afoul of the new rule, with the first warnings handed out to J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan, and the first fine levied against Reggie Evans. Four players besides Evans — Gerald Wallace, Barea, Kevin Martin and Omer Asik — received $5,000 flopping fines during the regular season, and eight players — Derek Fisher, Jeff Pendergraph, J.R. Smith, Tony Allen, LeBron James, David West and Lance Stephenson, and Chris Bosh. — were dinged $5,000 during the postseason.
Wall scored 20 points on 8 for 21 shooting from the field with 11 assists in 39 minutes of playing time in the loss.
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