Gerald Wallace of the Brooklyn Nets was fined $5,000 by the National Basketball Association for his second violation of the league’s so-called anti-flopping rule, this one against Most Valuable Player LeBron James.
The NBA instituted the rule during the offseason, seeking to cut down on players falling to the court with the intent of having referees call a foul on an opponent. Fines escalate to $10,000, $15,000 and $30,000 for additional violations.
Wallace was disciplined for his action during a Dec. 1 loss to the Miami Heat in which he fell backward onto the court after James made contact with the Nets’ forward. James put his right hand on Wallace’s body as he dribbled the ball with his left hand on a drive to the basket.
The NBA’s rule says the primary factor in determining a flop is whether a player’s “physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.” A first violation of the rule brings a warning.
Wallace is the second player fined under the guidelines, joining teammate Reggie Evans. Wallace was warned for a flop against the New York Knicks on Nov. 26.