By Ben Golliver
The NBA officially warned Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari for violating its anti-flopping policy on Thursday.
Gallinari's flop occurred with a little less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter of a 110-86 loss to the Hornets in New Orleans on Monday night. Hornets center Robin Lopez received a pass in the paint and turned quickly to take a close-range shot. Gallinari extended his arms into Lopez's midsection and then launched himself backwards to the floor, as if to simulate an offensive foul. It wasn't the best plan, as Gallinari's feet were inside the protected circle and Lopez didn't come close to contacting him body-to-body. No foul was called either way on the play, which ended with a Lopez basket.
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.”
Gallinari becomes the 16th player to be warned this season, joining Paul, Kings guard Tyreke Evans, Nuggets forward Corey Brewer, Spurs guard Tony Parker, Sixers guard Royal Ivey, Bucks center Gustavo Ayon, Rockets center Omer Asik, Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, Nets forward Gerald Wallace, Kings forward Patrick Patterson, Nets forward Reggie Evans, Thunder guard Kevin Martin, Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan.
Gallinari will now be subject to fines if he violates 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.
Gallinari, 24, is averaging 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Nuggets. He is on the books for $9.4 million this season.
Video via YouTube user HardwoodParoxysm09 | Hat tip: Matt Moore, CBSSports