Flopping use to only be a problem in soccer, but more and more it is seen in the NBA. During Sunday's game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, NBA commissioner told ESPN that the league needs to take a serious look at flopping. "It's only designed to fool the referee. It's not a legitimate play in my judgment. I recognize if there's contact (you) move a little bit, but some of this is acting. We should give out Oscars rather than MVP trophies," Stern said. J. Michael Falgoust from USA Today captured the latest flops in the NBA Playoffs in his column. Falgoust also said that he believes a flopping rule will be discussed, but wrote "a new rule against it doesn't appear imminent." "There's another word for flopping: cheating." wrote Scott Ostler in his column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Even with all the bad press flopping gets, players continue to do it. Expect some serious flopping during the next couple of weeks of the NBA Playoffs. Here is our list of past and present NBA floppers. If I missed your favorite flopper, let me know in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some people blame Vlade Divac for the flopping epidemic sweeping across the NBA. Divac was one of the first Europeans to come to the NBA. Divac made a name for himself flopping. He flopped for the Lakers for years, but later used his flopping against Shaq and the Lakers.
Before Vlade was flopping in the NBA, Danny Ainge was flopping at BYU. But Ainge’s flopping career really took off in the NBA. He won two NBA championships, but at what cost?
Just a few years ago people complained about the Phoenix Suns being a team of floppers, and Raja Bell was the worst offender. Bell drew the most offensive fouls in the NBA in the 2005-06 season; it makes you wonder how many were actual fouls.
You would think the MVP wouldn’t need to flop to improve his chances at winning, but LeBron James feels the need to flop every now and then.
No one can forget last year in the Eastern Conference Finals when he acted like Derrick Rose poked him in the eye. Thanks to instant replay, it is very clear that Rose never even touched James. But Rose got called for the foul and James and the Heat moved on to the NBA Finals.
Fans see flopping different. When it is your team that gets away with the flop, you love it. Very few people in the state of Utah will call John Stockton a flopper, but he has that reputation in the rest of the nation. Even Vlade Divac called Stockton "the best."
He never admits to flopping or talking trash, but Reggie Miller did both very well. Miller would flop on offense, defense and even when he got head-butted.
Any college basketball fan can tell you that Duke is the worst (or best) at flopping. Duke alumn Shane Battier has brought Duke flopping to the NBA. Did Battier teach LeBron James and the Heat some of his moves?
Blake Griffin would rather only be known for his dunks, but he is also gaining a reputation as a flopper. Zach Randolph told ESPN Radio that Griffin started flopping more since Chris Paul joined the Clippers.
Is Chris Paul causing the Clippers to become a team of floppers? It’s hard to say, but he has been flopping long before he got to the L.A.
It is always being argued that Paul is the best point guard in the NBA, but when does his name get mentioned in the best floppers discussion?
Bill Laimbeer is one of the most hated players in NBA history. Even in his bio on NBA.com, the “Laimbeer flop” is mentioned. Have today’s NBA players been looking up videos of Laimbeer on YouTube?