To say that Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is a “crafty” player would be describing him perfectly. He isn’t blessed with insane athleticism or size, and his game is exceedingly flashy, but rather, he plays an incredibly intelligent, grounded game of basketball.
However, when he does things like this, it’s not difficult to see where he gets branded as a “flopper” rather than a “gritty player”.
LAC’s Chris Paul receives flop warning ( vs. Minnesota on Nov. 11). See video at http://t.co/s31cRnMjez
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) November 12, 2013
As Tweeted above, the NBA officially issued a flop warning for Paul after his flying act against T-Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio on Monday night. For the full video, you can click here, but for the cliff’s notes, Paul tried to separate himself from Rubio in order to catch a pass, but when Rubio recovered and pressed against him, CP3 went tumbling to the ground as if he had been shot.
In fairness to Paul, this wasn’t the most blatant flopping attempt that you’ll ever see in the NBA, but the league still got this one right. The next violation of this rule (and there will be one, no doubt) will cost Paul $5,000 in the form of a fine, but until then, keep an eye on his defensive antics.