The NBA has issued a flopping warning to Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. who went viral Monday evening after he took flight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Prior to the 2012-13 season, the NBA instituted an "Anti-Flopping Rule" to "curb the unsportsmanlike practice."
"The main factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would have been expected given the force or direction of the contact," said the NBA. "For example, a player will be considered to have committed a 'flop' if he falls to the floor following minimal contact or lunges in a direction different from the direction of the contact."
Yeah. Gary launching himself headfirst into the baseline definitely qualifies as a flop.
The first time a player is determined to have committed a flop, he will be warned by the NBA. Thereafter, the following automatic penalties will apply: Violation 2: $5,000 fine Violation 3: $10,000 fine Violation 4: $15,000 fine Violation 5: $30,000 fine
So the attempt to trick the referees won't cost him money, yet.
Although the likelihood of Trent Jr. getting another violation seems unlikely. Since the 2017-18 season, only Patrick Beverley and Marcus Smart have been fined for flopping, each getting a single $5,000 fine.
Don't worry, Rip City. Gary will still be able to afford his sense of style.