The NBA announced on Monday that is has fined Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday evening.
Wade had a performance that would be good enough to earn a best actor nomination for his performance during the Heat’s 98-96 win on Sunday and drew the ire of the fans watching as he was tore to bits for his embarrassing flop in the closing minutes of the first half.
The flop resulted in Manu Ginobili being called for his third foul of the game and could have had an impact on how much he played in the second half and the tenacity of his defense to avoid picking up a fifth foul which would have severely limited his defensive effectiveness to avoid fouling out.
You can check out the acting job from the former Marquette star below courtesy of outsidethenba’schannel.
I’m glad the NBA is cracking down on the flopping in the game and trying to reduce the amount we see on a nightly basis, but with 15 million viewers tuned in for the Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday, they saw one of the top players in the league set an awful example for the countless middle school and high school basketball players who hope to grow up and play like Wade one day.
The fine is chump change for Wade, so I would love to see the league increase the fine to a point where players won’t be flopping around like a fish out of water or reacting like they took a punch from Mike Tyson when they are barely even touched.