The 6-11 center from Brazil is a solid, all-around player for the Cavs who has consistently done all of the dirty work for the team during his career. He sets screens, rebounds, goes for steals, plays tough defense and is known for his hustle.
He also has been known, by some, for, at times, falling over when a player from another team bumps into him. I don’t want to say he flops, but in some games he is on the ground more than a Cleveland Browns quarterback.
For a guy who weighs 260 pounds, it seems like he goes gets knocked down a lot more easily than he should. I feel like if he was walking down the street and big gust of wind came up, it would blow him right over. Or if he was at home sitting on the sofa and a cat jumped on him, it would knock him clear over the sofa.
Or maybe if he was sitting on a park bench and someone near him ate a potato chip with a really loud crunch, it would knock him right off the side of the bench. And when he got up from any of these instances, of course, he would be looking for the call.
That being said, all of that getting knocked to the ground has drawn countless numbers of charges over the years, and has resulted in key fouls on the other teams, gotten the ball for the Cavs and frustrated the players he has been defending.
Basically, it shows he hustles, he is smart and he is doing whatever it takes to win. That’s why he has been a fan favorite in Cleveland, and that is why he is a key member of this team. Personally, I love the fact that he has been trying to draw charges.
Plus, it’s not like he is the only player who does this in the league. The NBA has several other players who fall over from “hits” better than some professional wrestlers do, and they generally are all good players.
Now that the NBA is going after the floppers, though, it will be interesting to see how it impacts Varejao and his game.
Personally, I just want the big guy to stay healthy this year, so I hope he will not be going down to the ground so much. I think he’ll still do his share of falling, and he may pick up a few fines, but I don’t think it will be as much as in the past.
But if it’s a key time of the game where the Cavs need the ball or they really want to foul someone out on the other team, you can bet that Varejao and hopefully some other Cavs will still be falling to the floor looking for a call and not worrying until later about paying any fines.