Carmelo Anthony’s Surprise
In a recent New York Knicks game against the Boston Celtics, guard Jalen Brunson became a subject of scrutiny due to the NBA’s stringent anti-flopping regulations. The fourth quarter witnessed an incident that caught the attention of Knicks legend Carmelo Anthony, leaving him astonished.
Crackdown on Flopping
The NBA’s stance on flopping has grown more robust this season. Referees are empowered to penalize players for attempting to deceive opponents into committing fouls through exaggerated physical actions. A flop violation can be called in real-time or during the next break in play, as observed in Brunson’s case.
The Consequences of Flopping
For the offending player, the consequence is a non-unsportsmanlike technical foul, which does not escalate to ejection. Nevertheless, the opposing team receives a technical free throw.
Fines for Flopping
Beyond the immediate game impact, Jalen Brunson may face financial repercussions as the NBA has initiated fines under the new flopping regulations. Phoenix Suns’ Josh Okogie was the first to be fined, receiving a $2,000 penalty after he was found to have exaggerated contact in a recent game.
NBA’s Trial Run
These rules were introduced as a one-year trial by the NBA, suggesting that early in the season, more players may be called out for flopping violations. It will be a period of adaptation as players acquaint themselves with the novel regulations.