Last night during the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers playoff game, TNT analyst Chris Webber took a moment to share his thoughts on flopping. The comments were directed at none other than Clippers PF Blake Griffin.
I have no problem with Webber sharing some advice with Blake Griffin. Griffin is only in his second full NBA season, and is still learning the ropes in the league.
What I liked most about this, was how Webber addressed the issue. He didn’t really talk bad about Griffin at all, he was merely giving a fair and honest opinion on an issue in the NBA.
Flopping is Busch League, plain and simple.
Now, it is the NBA, and as Webber mentions, there are certain things players have to do to sell a foul. Selling a foul, is completely different than flopping. All the great players are experts at selling fouls.
There have definitely been times when I thought Blake Griffin has over-exaggerated. I didn’t really think too much of it though, mainly because today’s NBA is way softer, than old-school ball from the 80′s and 90′s. Griffin is just one in a line of many young stars that over exaggerate on a nightly basis, that’s just what players do these days.
Griffin however, has been give a chance to redeem himself. C-Webb’s call out should open his eyes, and I fully expect him to snap out of it.
At the end of the day, Griffin’s flopping isn’t even in the same league as Manu Ginobili, so he really doesn’t have too much to worry about…