The NBA has formally warned Minnesota's Jose Juan Barea and Cavs guard Donald Sloan for flopping. Barea drew the league's ire for an overly-dramatic reaction to a slight hit from Sacramento's Jimmer Fredette, and Sloan for his Oscar-worthy reaction to a legal screen set by Chicago's Nazr Mohammed. Under the league's new anti-flopping program, both players will get a warning, but will be subject to fines for repeated infractions.
Of course, the program won't get much attention until it catches some of the league's more famous - and notorious - floppers. Like, say, Blake Griffin. Griffin is built like a brick wall, but he seems to be remarkably easy to push around - especially when referees are watching. Golden State's David Lee is the latest to take exception to that. During last night's game, Lee exchanged words with the Clipper/Kia Motors spokesman. You won't need to be much of a lip-reader to make out Lee's message to Griffin: "Stop flopping."
Can't help but wonder what Griffin is hoping to accomplish with all the flopping; he's notoriously bad from the free-throw line, with a career free-throw percentage under .600.
Maybe he's trying to get to the line because he knows he needs the practice.