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League warns LeBron James for flopping (Kyle Kuzma, too)

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three point basket at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

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LeBron James got flattened by Grayson Allen.

If that sentence made you laugh — and it should, it’s pretty funny — then you understand why LeBron got an official warning from the league for flopping on Saturday for a flop against Memphis Friday night.

LeBron got the call, he’ll ignore the warning. Get three of those warnings in a season and LeBron would get a $5,000 fine. That should fix the problem.

On Twitter already — and almost certainly in the comments on this post — there was some hand wringing from people looking for a chance to smack LeBron, saying, “how can he be the GOAT if he’s flopping?” “He doesn’t need to do this.”

Apparently, people never went to YouTube and searched “Michael Jordan flop.” He did it (and that’s just the stuff on YouTube still, not all the times it happened, this is a different age of television and social media). Magic flopped at points. Bird. Heck, they flopped when George Mikan played. Competitive players will always search for an advantage and a way to manipulate the officials. LeBron is part of a long and storied line of guys willing to do it.

By the way, the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma also got a flopping warning. If you thought LeBron’s acting was bad...