Jaden Shackelford makes NBA history during Summer League game, becomes first player to be given a technical for flopping
Jaden Shackelford made NBA history on Wednesday during a Summer League game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies.
Shackelford became the first-ever NBA player to be penalized in the middle of a game for flopping. He was defending Memphis Grizzlies forward Jake LaRavia in the paint and threw his head back, trying to draw an offensive foul call.
LaRavia ended up making the basket and officials stopped play to issue a technical to Shackelford for the flop.
Side Note: The flopping call was kinda weak, but what can ya do…
Jaden Shackelford Issued Technical for Flopping
Flopping is one of two new rule changes set to be formally approved by the NBA Board of Governors before next season. It carries a one-shot technical foul. Summer League play is the first time we’ve seen it at the NBA level and it will be adopted fully during the 2023-24 season.
I actually like this rule change. The NBA has to get rid of the ridiculous flopping calls that we see way too many of during the regular season and playoffs. Honestly, the rule also serves as another reason the Sixers should be doing everything possible to ship James Harden out of town because as we all know, he’s the king of foul-baiting and flopping around under the basket after a failed layup attempt.
Sorry (not really) for the jab at Harden but I simply can’t help it. Every time I write about the NBA, I immediately think about my beloved Sixers and how fall we have fallen. Endless pain.
Congrats to Jaden Shackelford on making NBA history. Plenty of more flopping techs incoming.