On Tuesday, the NBA announced they issued Dallas Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki a flop warning.
The flop happened on Monday night in the Mavericks’ 110-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets. During the third quarter, Nowitzki missed a three-point attempt. Nuggets’ forward Darrell Arthur charged at Nowitzki to close out the shot and force a miss. Arthur did not touch Nowitzki, but Nowitzki fell to the ground in attempt to draw a foul, which was not called.
You can see the video below (H/T to Ben Golliver of The Point Forward).
The first time a player simply gets a warning, as Nowitzki did in this case. After the first warning, players are fine $5,000 and the fines continue in $5,000 increments.
As Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk points out, players don’t seem all that upset about warnings. Houston Rockets’ guard James Harden, Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Kevin Love, Los Angeles Clippers’ point Chris Paul and Washington Wizards’ point guard John Wall, have all received warnings. In fact, Harden was cited for a second flop and was given a fine.
On the season, Nowitzki is averaging 20.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and has led the Mavericks to a 9-6 record.