Harden: 'I don't want to be known as a flopper'
James Harden isn’t going to fall down and take the fine the NBA assessed him for flopping. The Rockets guard told the media after practice on Tuesday that he is appealing what the NBA said was a flop during the Rockets game with Portland on Nov. 5.
“The first one, I really did get hit in the face,” Harden said. “I’m trying to appeal that right now. I really did get hit in the face, it was just a late reaction.”
The NBA’s policy is to issue a warning after a first offense for flopping. A second violation will draw a $5,000 penalty, which was given to Harden for an incident during the Clippers game where he chased a loose ball to the sidelines with the Clippers Blake Griffin.
“I don’t want to be known as a flopper or a guy who is looking to get calls, that type of player,” Harden said. “That type of player I’ve never been. It was a bad call.”
A successful appeal would mean that Harden wouldn’t owe the NBA any money in fines and would have just one flopping violation to his name. If Harden loses the appeal, though, the next time he would be cited for flopping would be considered a third offense and he would be fined $10,000.