NBA warns LeBron, Kuzma for flopping vs. Grizz
LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma each acquired warnings for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule within the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-105 dwelling win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, the league introduced.
The NBA mentioned Saturday that James’ violation occurred with 2 minutes, 33 seconds remaining within the second quarter when James, positioned between Dillon Brooks and Grayson Allen of the Grizzlies, fell to the ground whereas vying for a rebound.
Kuzma flopped with 6:31 remaining within the fourth quarter, based on the league. Whereas guarding Brooks, Kuzma tried to attract an offensive foul on the Memphis wing by spinning and tumbling to the hardwood after Brooks put his shoulder down and initiated contact with Kuzma’s hip.
The NBA seemed to wash up the sport by monitoring flopping beginning within the 2012-13 season. After receiving a warning, a participant may be topic to fines that develop from $5,000 to $10,000 to $15,000 to $30,000 for every subsequent violation. If a participant reaches six flops in a season, the positive can enhance even additional, and the league has the best to challenge a suspension.
Almost a decade after introducing the rule change, the anti-flopping rule isn’t enforced. James and Kuzma are simply the sixth and seventh gamers to be reprimanded with warnings by the league this season, becoming a member of LaMelo Ball, D.J. Augustin, Gary Trent Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and Mason Jones.
The final participant to be fined by the NBA for flopping was Marcus Good of the Boston Celtics in the course of the 2020 playoffs.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.