Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert warned by NBA for flopping
The NBA has given Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert a warning for his violation of the league's anti-flopping rules, committed during Indiana's game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 4, the league announced on Friday.
According to Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk, the violation came during an offensive possession in which Hibbert received a pass in the post and backed into Portland center Robin Lopez. Lopez put his hand on Hibbert's lower back, after which Hibbert appeared to lose his balance and fall forward toward the floor, catching himself with his hands.
The NBA judged the play to be a flop on Hibbert's part, and assessed him a warning for the incident.
The Pacers lost the game, 88-82, and moved to 7-12 on the season. Hibbert recorded nine points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes on the court.
The warning does not carry a fine, but if Hibbert is cited for a flopping violation again this season, he will be fined $5,000. An amount, Helin writes, equal to 0.0003 percent of Hibbert's 2014-2015 salary.
Hibbert has been fined for flopping violations in the past. In Game 5 of the Pacers' playoff series against the Miami Heat in May this year, Hibbert was fined $5,000 for exaggerating contact from Heat guard Mario Chalmers.