Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

LeBron James Fined $5,000 for Flopping in NBA Postseason Series

Miami Heat LeBron James
LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks into the stands in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on May 28, 2013. Photographer: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

May 30 (Bloomberg) -- LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Lance Stephenson and David West of the Indiana Pacers were fined $5,000 each by the National Basketball Association for breaking the league’s anti-flopping rule.

James and West were fined for flopping during a fourth-quarter collision in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference finals matchup, the NBA said on its website. Stephenson was fined for over-exaggerating an elbow he took from Miami guard Ray Allen during the first quarter.

The NBA enacted its anti-flopping policy this season to punish players for attempting to fool referees into calling undeserved fouls. Fines escalate for repeated infractions and can reach $30,000.

James, who was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time this month, was accused of flopping by Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau during the second round of the playoffs. Prior to Game 4 against Indiana, James said players were still getting used to playing without flopping and that it’s “not even a bad thing, you’re just trying to get the advantage,” according to CBS Sports.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.