By Ben Golliver
The NBA announced Friday that Thunder guard Kevin Martin has been officially warned for violating its new policy against flopping. Martin joins Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan as the third player issued an official warning during the 2012-13 season. Barea and Sloan were warned last week.
Martin's violation occurred during a Monday game against the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The violaton occurred with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma City's 92-90 win. As he lined up a three-point attempt in front of Detroit's bench, Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko contacted his right shooting hand. Martin collapsed directly to the ground, simulating much stronger contact than actually occurred, and then writhed on the ground in pain. His shot missed but he was awarded three free throws and he made all three, cutting Detroit's lead to 73-67.
The NBA's official anti-flopping video specifically calls out this type of play, singling out Heat guard Dwyane Wade for a similar action. In the video, Wade exaggerates contact to his leg during his jump shot as opposed to his shooting arm, but exaggerates all the same.
"After releasing the jump shot, the shooter, No. 3 in the white uniform, extends his right leg attempting to draw a defensive foul," the video's narrator explains. "While there is marginal contact on the play, the flail and spin to the floor by the offensive player is an overembellishment and it's inconsistent with marginal contact."
Martin will now be subject to fines if they are deemed to have violated the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Martin, 29, was acquired by the Thunder in a preseason trade that sent James Harden to the Rockets. Martin is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $12.4 million. Video via YouTube user theassociation. Hat tip on the video to ProBasketballTalk.