Reggie Evans the First Player Fined for Flopping in NBA History

by November 22, 2012

Brooklyn Nets backup forward Reggie Evans has turned the despicable art of flopping into an art form. And now it’s going to cost him — Evans became the first player to get hit in the wallet for his antics under the League’s new anti-flop policy. Per the NY Post: “Evans, who was one of the main subjects of the NBA’s preseason instructional video about the new flopping rules, has become the first player to be fined for flopping under the new anti-flopping policy. The Nets’ backup power forward was fined $5,000 after he committed his second flop of the season in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s 95-90 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles, when he clearly exaggerated contact from Lakers forward Metta World Peace. ‘It’s a tough spot for us, because Reggie sets physical screens, he rebounds, and I don’t necessarily consider him a flopper,’ Nets coach Avery Johnson said. ‘I don’t see him flopping in practice, he just plays hard and goes all out. It’s just a tough one. Hopefully he won’t be a marked man, even if there is a physical confrontation out there on the floor, that they won’t consider it flopping.’ […] ‘Congratulations to Reggie,’ Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, tongue firmly in cheek. ‘He’ll go down in history. For $5,000, [to get] a place in history? That’s not bad. That’s not bad at all.’ Evans had already been warned for flopping in the second quarter of the Nets’ 102-97 win over the Celtics at home on Nov. 15.”