Barea warned about flopping by league
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- November 5, 2012 - 5:50 PM
Wolves guard J.J. Barea was out shooting early tonight at new Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will play against the Nets now that he has received clearance from an NBA-appointed doctor.
Barea said he took all necessary tests today required by the NBA's concussion policy after he left Sunday's game in Toronto after he took a hard hit in the head midway through the second quarter on a drive to the basket.
"It looks good," he said before he got the final word. "I feel good."
Barea took two tests Sunday night -- he said he thinks he failed the first and passed the second -- after he experienced what a team spokesman called "concussion-like symptoms."
One more thing Barea-related: Believe it or not, but he was among the first two NBA players to receive a warning under the league's new flopping fine policy.
He got a warning for flailing his arms but not falling Friday night on a play when Sacramento's Jimmer Fredette gave him a stiff arm and got called for the offensive foul for driving into him.
The NBA considered that some over-acting by Barea.
You can see the play here.
Barea expressed surprise -- almost bordering on pride -- that he received a warning, even though he claimed the league hadn't yet told him.
Told he was warned for a flop even though he never fell, Barea said, "I didn't need to. It was a charge, wasn't it?"
The next time the NBA deems him to have flopped, he'll be fined $5000.
He'll get fined $10,000 for a thirdoffense, $15,000 for a fourth offense, $30,000 for a fifth offense.
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