Lebron James and Kyle Kuzma Both received warnings for violating the NBA’s anti-flop rule in the Los Angeles Lakers’ home win between 115 and 105 against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, the league said.
The NBA said Saturday that James’ 2 minutes 33 seconds injury occurred in the second quarter when James was positioned in between Dillon Brooks and Grayson Allen the grizzlies fell to the ground as they vied for a ricochet.
Kuzma flopped 6:31 in the fourth quarter according to the league. While guarding Brooks, Kuzma attempted an offensive foul on the Memphis wing by spinning and falling on the hardwood after Brooks lowered his shoulder and made contact with Kuzma’s hip.
The NBA tried to clean up the game by monitoring the flop from the 2012-13 season. Upon receiving a warning, a player may be fined, increasing from $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 to $ 30,000 for each subsequent violation. If a player hits six flops in a season, the fine may increase further and the league has the right to impose a suspension.
Almost a decade after the rule change was introduced, the anti-flop rule is rarely enforced. James and Kuzma are only the sixth and seventh players to face warnings from the league this season LaMelo Ball, DJ Augustin, Gary Trent Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and Mason Jones.
The last player to be penalized for flops by the NBA was Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics during the 2020 playoffs.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.