A lot of players and teams in the NBA flop. Sadly, the anti-flopping rule that was implemented didn’t seem to slow things down one bit league-wide. The classic floppers were still up to their old tricks. The Miami Heat are no exception to the rule. They take part just like everyone else.
LeBron James has vehemently denied that he’s a flopper, but he does see the value in it, according to ESPN.com.
“Some guys have been doing it for years, just trying to get an advantage,” James said Monday in the lead-up to Tuesday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it.”
For the record, yes, LeBron flops (however, not nearly as frequently and blatantly as some of the best), but that shouldn’t be regarded negatively. Five years ago, if you were to call someone a floppper, those were fighting words. Now, flopping is so ingrained in the very fabric of NBA basketball, I don’t think it’s an insult. When the anti-flop rule was instituted, I didn’t think it would have an impact because flopping is a part of certain guys’ skillsets and it isn’t something they can simply turn off at the snap of a finger. Seriously.
But referees have gotten a free pass on this one. They need to be held accountable in this too. Often times, referees will review a foul where a guy clearly flopped, and still call the foula flagrant even if it wasn’t. Then the player will be fined two days later for flopping. Again, this happens after the referees reviewed the play. Refs should be penalized too in that instance.