Predicting Who Will Lead The League In Flopping Fines
The NBA's Biggest and Best Floppers
NBA Commissioner David Stern has declared war on flopping. Stern believes that flopping tricks the referees.
On Wednesday, Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson said in a statement that,``flops have no place in our game. They either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call.”
Maybe Jackson should check out a recent game, because in addition to being unsportsmanlike, flopping is a huge part of NBA basketball. Team training camps are surely changing up their game plans right now.
The fines will be steep. Players will get a warning for their first offence, and then be fined $5,000 the second time. If a fifth event occurs, the fines increase to $30,000 for a fifth offence.
It will be extremely hard to police flopping. Referees will be forced to call it every time a player tries to drawn contact or call fewer offences. In addition, The best floppers are secret about it.
ESPN points out that “The qualities that make a great athlete (anticipation, balance, vision, abhorrence of losing) are helpful in making floppers, too.”
When asked about the new fines, TNT's Charles Barkley told ESPN, "I think flopping happens because everybody wants a competitive advantage -- I mean, shoot, sometimes I started screaming before I got hit."
In the competitive environment, players will use every advantage possible. Especially ones that rarely get caught. Even the best floppers get caught sometimes. Fans have seen even the best floppers get caught in really obvious offenses. Yet, for top players, making $15 million a year and more, these fines aren't the end of the world when the game is on the line. Certain players will resort to flopping as apart of their game. Which players will rank up the biggest flopping fines?
Shane Battier is one of the leading floppers on the Miami Heat. Playing with such a high calibre team means that he must do everything possible in order to get his minutes in.
During the playoffs, the poorer the Heat played the more Battier flopped. He recently told Shandel Richardson of The Sun Sentinel, that the NBA has no right to monitor flopping. Battier joked that, "Flopping is a problem,” he said. “Flopping is a silent killer.”
Paul Perce is an excellent flopper and everyone in the league knows it. He gets away with more flops than most players because he picks very good situations. Referees will be sure to keep a close eye on him so he will surely get caught more frequently than in the past. At this point in his career, he's playing to win a championship. As other players on this list proved, flopping helps on the quest for a ring.
Pau Gasol is 7'1 and somewhere around 250 pounds. There is absolutely no way that most guys in the league could push him around if he didn't allow it. Gasol flops to the extent that it induces actual issues on the court.
Gasol's definitely one of the hardest working and most talented actors in LA.
With the performances and protests that Manu Ginobili gives, it will be hard for refs to deny that he was hit and may need medical attention. Ginobili is a smaller guy so it's much easier for him to get away with flopping than it is for the big men.
Ginobili is probably the best faker in the game right now but he still makes the odd mistake
It should be included in the new policy that James Harden reserves the right to flop whenever Metta World Peace comes anywhere near him.
Chris Paul is a special kind of flopper. He loves to flop but he get really upset when other players flop. The refs must just love it.
Paul loves to argue with refs calls. Paul is one of the smaller guys in the league so he can put together a very good case, unless he flops on the ref. He is the boy who called flop.
In reality, there are some big men on the Los Angeles Clippers that would quickly put an end to unjustified contact on Paul.
Paul controls the game and decides whether it will be Flop City, Lop City or defence city (just kidding. It will never be defence city).
Blake Griffin is one of the main reasons that everyone thinks the Clippers flop too much. Even top floppers like Gasol tend to point fingers at the Clippers. However, Griffin put flopping in perspective in an interview with Complex Sports. He said, "I guess it's good in a sense that it stops any of it from happening, but now you're telling me if it's Game 7 of the NBA Finals and a guy has a chance to make a play he's going to be like, 'Well, do I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?' "
Charles Barkley points out that, "Most guys flop on defense. But he's an offensive flopper."
Barkley's right that Griffin tends to flop in the Clippers paint. It will be more obvious than the traffic jam of defensive flopping.
This list isn't in any particular order but LeBron James tops every list so I put him last. James flops like a Bosh, who ironically kept his flopping under control this season compared to some of his teammates.
Indiana Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel was highly critical of James and the Heat during the playoffs. Saying, "Every drive to the basket, they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers," Vogel said. "Oftentimes, they're falling down even before contact is even being made."
In the words of Griffin, "Well I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?