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P.J. Hairston fined $5,000 for flop of the year

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Not the prize he was hoping for.

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Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Hairston has been fined $5,000 for flopping in a game against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night. This should not surprise anyone, as Hairston's flop was so bad that it was glorious.

The play happened when Hairston tried to cut off the Spurs' Tony Parker from driving to the basket. Hornets point guard Brian Roberts lost Parker on a simple pick and roll play, and Hairston's decision to help on the driving Parker was the correct one. However, his decision to spread his wings and attempt to take off like a helicopter was not so great.

The contact with Parker was minimal, and appeared so from all angles. The fact that Hairston was not whistled for this play is somewhat shocking. Check it out.

I think the play was most eloquently described by J.D. Hastings on Twitter.

This isn't Hairston's first flop this year, either. Back in November, he was given a warning for flopping against Golden State. Let's hope he learned his lesson. We'll be seeing that play for years to come.