It isn't NBA awards season yet, but the Nets are already accumulating accolades. In honor of the NBA's new anti-flopping policy instituted last October, SI's Ben Golliver handed out his "flopping centric year-end awards," or "Floppies." As a team, the Brooklyn Nets won "Floppers of the Year."
Brooklyn Nets guard C.J. Watson has been warned by the NBA for flopping following an out-flop-the-master performance Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Watson, after receiving contact from Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea, flung his arms and head backward in exaggerated fashion to draw the offensive foul call.
There was really never any doubt that Watson would get a warning for this one, if only because he -- like so few -- blatantly admitted to it after the game, noting that Barea a notorious flopper and that he wanted to give Barea "a taste of his own medicine." Watch his post-game interview, plus a replay of the flop, below.
Gerald Wallace has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping policy for the second time. Wallace, who is incurring his second flopping violation, was fined for an excessive flail-back flop on LeBron James near the end of the third quarter of Saturday night's 102-89 loss to the Miami Heat.
Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace has received a warning from the NBA for flopping in Monday night's game against the Manhattan/New York Knicks. Wallace is now the second Nets player to receive a flopping warning: Reggie Evans has already received two this year.
Funnily enough, Wallace won ESPN's much-heralded Flop of the Night award for his acting that night -- on a different flop.
Here's the video of the Flop of the Night winner, which came in the third quarter:
Click here to see the official video from the NBA on the Wallace flop that got him a warning, with under 20 seconds remaining in overtime.
Evans is the first player to be fined by the NBA under its new flopping rules. The fine comes with his second warning, which occurred last night after the NBA deemed Evans flopped after contact with Los Angeles Lakers small forward/former Ron Artest, Metta World Peace.
Here's the video of the most recent infraction:
Evans was warned earlier this year for flopping against the Boston Celtics. The first warning comes with no penalty, the second a $5,000 fine. Evans's next infraction would net him a $10,000 fine, then $15,000, then $30,000, then a possible suspension if he gets hit for six flops.
Well, Evans hasn't left Hollywood in Hollywood. A repeat winner in ESPN's "Flop of the Night" series, Reggie Evans makes his ¡first! appearance on the list as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, earning it for an egregious flop against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Evans gets tangled with rookie Jared Sullinger before flailing backward, grabbing his head as if he'd been elbowed. The NBA has officially warned Evans for the flop.
Here's the video:
This is Evans' first warning of the season so he won't receive a fine. If he receives further infractions, he'll see fines of $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $30,000, and then a possible suspension.