Lebron James and the 10 Biggest Floppers in Sports

 

 

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10 Players Who Are Great at 'Lebroning'

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If you haven't heard yet, 'Lebroning' is sweeping the nation. Just like Tebowing, all the kids are doing it. What's Lebroning, you ask? This:

This latest trend got us thinking - who are the biggest floppers in sports today?

To be a solid flopper, you can't be afraid to put your body on the line. Even though flopping is a fake act, it doesn't mean that your body won't take some punishment along the way. Contact is mandatory for a good flop. Some of the guys on this list don't even need contact to start the flopping process, but it really helps to sell it.

Some players need to study up on the art of selling. This is an art that was made famous by pro wrestlers. If I was a player known for flopping, I'd been on the phone trying to get some tips from Hulk Hogan. He's known as one of the biggest over-sellers in the history of pro wrestling. However, selling an injury helps to draw sympathy from the crowd and it makes the wrestler's comeback later in the match, all that more special.

When it comes to flopping, two major sports are usually involved - basketball and football. While it's mostly associated with basketball, there are a good share of football players who have 'jumped' on the flopping bandwagon as well. In today's NFL, all you have to do is breath on a QB too hard or lightly tap a punter and the refs are going to throw a flag. So with all that in mind, here are the 10 biggest floppers in sports today:

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Anderson Varejao

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People seem to hate Anderson Varejao. Why? The dude throws himself around the court like a moron.

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Cam Newton

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Newton firmly established himself as one of the biggest floppers in sports with his performance this year in the NFL Playoffs.

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Blake Griffin

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Griffin can dunk with the best of em', but he can also flop with the best of em'.

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Jerome Simpson

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Jerome Simpson is as athletic as any player in the NFL. Unfortunately, it also makes him really good at flopping.

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Shane Battier

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Battier is a seasoned NBA vet. One reason why? The guy is good at selling charges.

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J.J. Barea

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Barea is a small guy, so he flops all the time to gain an advantage. Honestly, you can't really blame him.

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Tavon Austin

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Austin became known as a flopper this past season when he did this on Monday Night Football:

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Every Punter, Ever

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Punters are arguably the best floppers in all of sports. Why? It's just part of their job.

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Reggie Evans

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Evans is one of the biggest floppers in sports because he will be forever be linked to it. Evans was the first player in NBA history to get fined for flopping.

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Manu Ginobili

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Manu Ginobili sets the standard for flopping guards in the NBA.


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