By Ben Golliver
The NBA has fined Nets forward Gerald Wallace $5,000 for his second violation of the league's anti-flopping policy on Wednesday. Wallace's first warning came last week and he clearly didn't learn his lesson, as both of his flops came on remarkably similar plays.
His second violation came during the third quarter of a loss to the Heat in Miami on Saturday. Wallace was defending Heat All-Star forward LeBron James at the free-throw line extended, when James drove hard left toward the hoop. Wallace absorbed minor contact from James' right arm but launched himself backwards to the ground, throwing his head backwards as he fell. James was whistled for an offensive foul on the play.
Wallace's first flop occurred during overtime of a Nov. 26 victory against the Knicks at Barclays Center. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony swung his left arm out as he prepared to hoist a long three-point attempt. Wallace staggered backward, as if hit in the head by Anthony's left arm, throwing his head back to embellish the contact. Anthony was whistled for an offensive foul on the flop.
This type of flop was specifically called out in the NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Clippers guard Chris Paul was called out for trying to sell a charge in a similar manner.
“As the highlighted defensive player, No. 3 in the red uniform, defends the driving offensive player, he feels slight contact and then launches himself back to the floor,” the video’s narrator explained. “This reaction by the defensive player is an overembellishment of marginal contact and is intended to draw an unearned offensive foul on his opponent.”
Wallace becomes the second player warned under the new system, joining teammate Reggie Evans. Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, Rockets forward Patrick Patterson, Nets forward Reggie Evans, Thunder guard Kevin Martin, Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan have all received warnings.
Wallace will now be subject to further fines if he is deemed to have violated the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.
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.
Wallace, 30, is averaging 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals for the Nets. He is on the books for $9.7 million this season. Video via YouTube user justin whelchel | Hat tip on the video to Ball Don't Lie