Chris Bosh was fined $5000 by the NBA for flopping during game four of the NBA Finals.
Bosh is the 8th player to earn a flopping fine this post-season and the 2nd Miami Heat player. LeBron James was fined $5000 for flopping during the Miami Heats series against the Indiana Pacers.
A statement on NBA.com reads: Miami Heat center Chris Bosh has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The incident occurred with 6:07 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat’s 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, June 13 at the AT&T Center.”
Bosh was guarding Tim Duncan during a transition play in the second quarter last night when he threw his arms up in the air and did a somersault across the floor. The refs called Duncan for a foul, canceling out a Spurs bucket, and awarded Bosh for his flop.
After further review, of course, the NBA decided that Bosh was barely touched and deserved a $5000 fine for showcasing his acting talents during an NBA game.
Here’s a video of Chris Bosh flopping during Game 4 of the NBA finals.
Flopping fines were introduced this season in order to stop curb the practice in the NBA but commissioner David Stern recently said that the fines were not enough.
Stern said: “It isn’t enough, it isn’t enough… You’re not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player’s salary is $5.5 million. And anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason.”
The game’s biggest player, however, argues that flopping is A-OK and is just another way to get a competitive advantage.
LeBron James said: “Some guys have been doing it for years, just trying to get an advantage. Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it.”