The NBA has officially warned Lance Stephenson for violating its anti-flopping rules. Obviously. This one was egregious. The Brooklyn native overacted badly here as Kyle Lowry’s mild contact was made to look like it launched Stephenson into the stands with the power of a battering ram.
My initial thoughts: This is only his first warning? Weird. The guy fakes stuff all the time.
This is the equivalent of my boss warning me for showing up late for work for the first time in July. OK, guys. I see you really mean business now. I’ll be sure to change my behavior immediately. Of course.
For me, this would just mean subsequently using the side door so Lumbergh doesn’t see me.
In Lance’s case, however, the league will lighten his pockets $5,000 next time it takes action. The fine then increases by five grand for each addition occurrence until a sixth infringement, which can lead to a suspension.
UPDATE: Lance responds.
Stephenson on his flopping warning from the NBA: “Just playing hard, man. I had to sell a foul anyway because I was falling out of bounds.”
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) January 10, 2014