Is Flopping Good or Bad?

We all know what it is. Some of us love it, and some of us hate it. Some argue that it’s apart of the game, and some view it as disgusting. Which one are you? In all of sports, people flop. It’s just how things are. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s the right thing to do. Flopping, in my opinion, is disgraceful, and should be considered cheating. There are plenty of counterarguments to that statement, but if one is skillful, why flop?

Players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker were criticized for flopping during the 2013 NBA Finals. I agree that they may have exaggerated contact, and if the ref is tricked, then the player who flopped has successfully gotten a call that favors his team. I’m not sure whether to call it brilliant, or moronic.

Players “act” to get a desired calls, and this may be viewed upon as cheating. Why can’t they just play their hearts out? What happened to the gold old days where the player who out played his opponents won the battle? If flopping is looked upon as such a minor part of the game, crucial baskets and possessions will be taken away from teams that are deserving of them. If it’s apart of the game, like players argue, then why are people so opposed to it?

The NBA rule is that a player is fined an increasing amount for each flop, then eventually suspended. The fines are so menial that they are equivalent to around 15$ for an average American salary. If the NBA really wants to get rid of flopping, they would impose a different rule with much more serious consequences, perhaps an immediate suspension.

David Stern said that he wasn’t going to change the rules. Now, that makes one wonder whether the NBA actually wants to get rid of flopping, or if they’re just trying to please fans by “taking action”.

Many don’t pay attention to flopping, but in fact, players flop the most when the game is on the line for either team. The refs are only human, they make mistakes as well. If they’re dooped into a call, then it’s not their faults. These calls that they make, however, can possibly be game changing or game sealing. Blown calls are one thing, but flopping, which the refs cannot help but call sometimes, is another. These small little flails have more impact on a game than one would think.

Do you think flopping is apart of the game?

Topics: Flopping, NBA

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  • Keith Smith

    Until Stern allow refs to use cameras to ensure accuracy, any flopping should result in severe penalties such as suspension. THE CURRENT PENALTIES ARE A JOKE.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Agreed. Isn’t it about damn time something effective be done about this?Unfortunately about your camera point, however, they can’t review every play. That would prolong the game too much.

      • Keith Smith

        Never said every play, just close/controversial ones. If they get the call right I don’t care if it adds even 15 minutes, but most cases it wouldn’t even be that long. Could also give coaches objections like football, or a ref-video HQ to assist in accuracy like hockey, or penalize bad refs like soccer. Bottom line: the NBA needs to fix flopping and help refs be more accurate

  • Keith Smith

    Flopping makes the game about the quality of the ref’s eyes, instead of the quality of the player’s skills. It is bad for basketball, but so is David Stern so no real surprise he hasn’t fixed it.

  • Alfredo Rodriguez

    Let me take it a step further: I equate flopping with “rigging.” In other words, a player flops and the refs get in on the flop as a wink-wink, essentially having him help his team by calling ridiculous fouls to steal a win.

    The other reason for flopping is to get certain players ejected from a game. Sometimes, there are defenders who frustrate a player to no end, the offended player is reduced to exaggerating calls so as to protect himself from fouling out. I remember this one Clippers-Warriors game where Blake Griffin purposely exaggerated his fall against Festus Ezili in order to get him tossed. The refs charged Ezili with a Flagrant Foul Type 1; had it been a Type 2, Ezili would have been whacked. Not only did it backfire, Griffin could have seriously injured himself with that nasty fake fall, possibly ending his basketball career. Let’s not forget the Warriors destroyed the Clips three to one, and had they met in the playoffs, the Clippers would have automatically been swept.

    The only way to truly get rid of flops is to treat them as an element of game rigging. If a player flops and is caught, automatically eject him from the game. However, if the flop is missed, and the team ends up stealing a win because of a player’s attempt to rig the game, vacate the win from the team and add an extra loss to the column. The extra loss is added for percentage purposes during seeding. The player who flopped gets suspended for one game.

    Example: if a team had a 57-25 record at the end of the season, and one of those games was found to be rigged, the record would be changed to 56-27. In addition, the player who avoided an ejection gets suspended for one game anyway.

  • Clippersfan4471

    The best way to deal with it is for the refs to stop calling fouls on the offensive player when the defender takes a dive. Let there be a bit of contact and if the defender holds his ground maybe then call a charge. Otherwise let the defender fall over while the offensive player dunks on him as he lies on the ground. They’ll soon learn that’s it’s not worthwhile. But the refs have to be brave enough to not call the first bit of contact.