Kings notes: Flop warning given to Timberwolves doesn't come as surprise

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

Jimmer Fredette made history in an unusual way.

The second-year Kings guard was one of the first players involved in an application of the NBA's new anti-flopping rule.

Minnesota guard J.J. Barea was warned by the league Monday about flopping after he acted his way into drawing an offensive foul against Fredette on Friday in Minnesota.

Fredette was dribbling and Barea had an exaggerated reaction as if Fredette hit him in the face forcefully.

"I told (the refs) in the game that I thought I didn't do too much," Fredette said concerning his foul.

Barea sold the foul, though. Should Barea be deemed to have flopped again, he'll be fined $5,000.

"That's what he did and he got a foul call during a big part of the game," Fredette said. "But I guess all he gets is warned."

The Kings were called for 34 fouls against Minnesota and felt many of the calls involved some acting by the Timberwolves.

"I knew in that game something was going to happen to someone," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "I didn't know who, but I knew there was no way someone was going to get out of that game without something happening."

Salmons progressing – Swingman John Salmons is closer to being able to play after missing most of the preseason because of the birth of his third child.

Salmons rejoined the Kings last Thursday and has been inactive the past three games.

"I want to get him at least two or three (more) decent practices," Smart said.

Because of travel, the Kings have practiced only twice since Salmons rejoined the team. Smart said once Salmons and the training staff determine he's in good enough shape, he will be available for games.

Dental work – Almost a week after chipping a tooth in Chicago, guard Aaron Brooks had a dental appointment Tuesday after practice.

Brooks broke off part of one of his front teeth last Wednesday during the fourth quarter of the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Brooks didn't leave the game.

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