Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins received an Anti-Flopping warning against Grizzlies
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins recently got caught by the league office for flopping in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies. This prompted league officials to issue a warning for the All-Star big man for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule, per NBA Officials on Twitter.
GSW’s DeMarcus Cousins received a warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule March 27 at MEM. pic.twitter.com/RnWa5DnIWf
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) March 28, 2019
As you can see in the play above, Cousins clearly exaggerated the slight push off from Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas while the two were jockeying for position underneath the basket.
This is Cousins’ first violation of the rule this season, hence the warning. Per official league guidelines, another violation on his part will warrant a $5,000 fine. Up to five violations will penalize the player for $30,000, and six or more could lead to a suspension.
The NBA first adopted the anti-flopping in the 2012-13 season to address the growing issue of flopping throughout the league. In that initial season, many players were slapped with warnings and fines as the league tried to send a message to its players that it was serious about eliminating flopping from the game.
The issue has significantly gone down this season, as Cousins is only the fourth player to be issued a warning this season. Per NBC Sports, the other three include Patrick Beverley of the L.A. Clippers, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Dennis Schroder of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Cousins is notorious for getting T’d up and penalized due to his short fuse and hot temper. But it seems like there may be a different reason for his next fine should he decide to act in front of the officials again.