Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is the latest recipient of a $5,000 fine after he exaggerated a foul on Game 2 of the finals.
The flop happened in the second quarter when Wade reacted excessively on a play where Manu Ginobili from the San Antonio Spurs was fouled. Ginobili took a swipe at the ball that Wade was controlling, and Wade exaggeratedly spun backwards, as if he had been hit.
Wade’s reaction resulted in boos from fans of the Spurs. He got two free throws from the foul, and Ginobili was benched for his third foul on the play.
The game ended with a score of 98-96 in favor of Miami.
The irony is that Ginobili is considered a “master flopper,” but he has not received any warnings this season.
“He took a swipe and he hit me,” Wade said on Monday before the fine was announced. “It was a late call by the ref, but he called it,” he said.
The game was reviewed and it showed an over-exaggeration on Wade’s part, as Ginobili only made light contact with Wade’s hand and the ball.
Dwyane Wade’s flop is the fifth flopping violation of the playoffs. Reports said that players are not fined for flops in the regular season until their second flop of the year, but in the playoffs, every flop gets a fine.
According to sources, Wade has already accumulated a whopping $19 million in salaries for this season alone. The $5,000 fine surely won't put a dent in his pockets. Retired NBA Commissioner David Stern said that the fine 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,” he said.
Other players who have been slapped with a fine for flopping include Indiana’s Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert, and Spurs’ Tiago Splitter.
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