We’ve all heard that the NBA plans to start taking serious actions against habitual floppers this season, and apparently one of the first warnings issued was for a play by Kevin Martin in a game between Oklahoma City and the Pistons on Nov. 9. Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated describes the play and what, precisely, the NBA didn’t like about it:
Martin’s violation occurred during a Monday game against the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The violaton occurred with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma City’s 92-90 win. As he lined up a three-point attempt in front of Detroit’s bench, Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko contacted his right shooting hand. Martin collapsed directly to the ground, simulating much stronger contact than actually occurred, and then writhed on the ground in pain. His shot missed but he was awarded three free throws and he made all three, cutting Detroit’s lead to 73-67.
That was a competitive game, but still one the Pistons probably wouldn’t have won even if that call had gone their way. It’s good to see the NBA better policing that leg-kick move that Reggie Miller made famous though. So far, three players have reportedly been warned about flopping.