15 Of The Worst Flops In NBA History [GIFs]
250-pound LeBron James tries to dribble past Suns forward Earl Barron and puts his right shoulder into the chest of Barron, who attempts to shadow King James near the perimeter. Upon making contact, LeBron lets the ball go and throws himself wildly to the floor with his arms raised, landing on his back. What a glorious flop and more importantly, a foul.
LeBron is just one of the NBA's flop artists, many of them stars who are more likely to draw a foul for acting performances. The unethical dark art will continue until the league penalizes players for flopping, but it now appears that the NBA is finally taking the issue seriously.
David Stern met with the league's competition committee on Monday to discuss how to end flopping. "If you continue to do this, you may you have to suffer some consequences," Stern said. "What those exactly should be and what the progression is is to be decided, because ... we just want to put a stake in the ground that says this is not something that we want to be part of our game, without coming down with a sledgehammer but just doing it in a minimalist way to begin stamping it out."
We'll see if and when the league changes the rules. In the mean time, let's review some of the most shameful, egregious flops in the greatest visual form known to man: GIFS!
The Godfather of flops, Vlade Divac
Tyrus Thomas puts on a show right in front of a ref
Poor Bosh gets crushed by an invisible elbow
Double flop, featuring Manu Ginobili's graceful leg kick
James Jones hits the deck after a tap from Jermaine O'Neal
MAN DOWN! Baron Davis
Big Flop Rob
Chris Paul... words can't describe
So ridiculous Barea can't help but laugh
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NBA Flopping: David Stern Talks Punishing Floppers After Committee Meeting
ESPN commentator and anti-flopping crusader Jeff Van Gundy thought Boston's Mickael Pietrus should have been fined a million dollars for what he thought was an obvious bit of acting during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. If NBA Commissioner David Stern's comments following a six-hour meeting of the league's new competition committee are any indicator, then Van Gundy might just get his wish.
Stern, who referred to flopping as "trickery" and "deceit" during a press conference before the opening game of the 2012 NBA Finals, raised the issue during Monday's meeting and suggested to reporters afterward that egregious cases could be be punished retroactively after review of game film.
"Greetings from the league office. You have been assigned flopper status," Stern said. "No, I'm joking, but something like that. That sort of lets people know that it's not enough to say 'it's all part of the game.'"
It's no secret flopping has been a growing issue in the NBA over recent years and it garnered an enormous amount of attention throughout the shortened season. Perhaps that's what happens when an All-Star like Chris Paul gets caught flopping after contact with a referee.
The possibility of more stringent punishment for simulation -- as the act of flopping is called in soccer -- comes after a season when the issue was a regular talking, and tweeting, point. Not only are fans tired of it but some analysts besides Van Gundy have even called out certain players. Many of the players themselves have become annoyed with their colleagues' acting. ESPN's True Hoop tracked the "Flop Of The Night" throughout the season and promoted the hashtag #StopTheFlop (click here for their 2012 All-Flop Teams)
So the NBA finally taking action against flopping might please way more than just Van Gundy. Everyone might benefit from getting rid of these egregious flops (except for maybe the Clippers).
NBA Flopping: David Stern Talks Punishing Floppers After Committee Meeting (VIDEOS)
Basketball is not an equal opportunity game. If you can't shoot it well, you don't get to shoot. -- Bob Donewald
Paul is the worst of the worst, Randolph said the whole team took it up when he got there lol........
Win or lose this is a game -
You could let it pick your brain for weeks and months, just replay it over and over, won't do you any good at all. When someone loses a loved one and they do that it only brings forth anguish. I feel acceptance is sometimes the key, it happened, now you have to react to it. Giving up is not an option.
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