Jimmer Fredette’s game still hasn’t come around the way his fans had hoped, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the news.
In fact, he was part of history this week.
Fredette was involved in one of the first two NBA plays in which the anti-flopping rule was instituted.
In a game last Friday between Minnesota and Sacramento, Fredette was dribbling above the key and the Timberwolves’ J.J. Barea nudged in close to guard him. Barea caught a Fredette backhand in the contact and lurched dramatically backward. Fredette was called for a foul.
But upon video review – a new rule this season – it was determined that Barea fooled the officials into making a call they wouldn’t otherwise have done. In other words, he got hit with a “flopping” violation.
A first offense is just a warning, but then fines begin, starting with $5,000 and escalating up to $30,000. Further infractions could result in suspension.
Interesting stuff. If the rule had been in place in the 1980s and 1990s, the Detroit Pistons might not have been able to field a team.
Anyway, Barea and Cleveland’s Donald Sloan were the first two players called for the flopping violation. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.