Flopping, a “Strategy” or a “Menace”?

By Gabriel Llanes

First of all, what is “flopping”?
Flopping is a maneuver in which a player simulates a foul by intentionally falling backwards upon contact with an opposing player. It is most often done to draw a charging foul from an offensive player.
For players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, it’s a way for winning, but for the Pacers, it’s nothing more but an annoyance. Rules against flopping have been established, but that hasn’t stopped players from performing this act.

Violations of this rule result in escalating fines, and even possible suspensions. 9 players have been fined $5,000 for violations of anti-flopping rules, most recently Tony Allen for his flopping action in Game 2 in the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs for grabbing his head after he went to the floor after a shot causing the officials to call a Flagrant 1 foul on Manu Ginobili although he NEVER touched his head, nor did Allen’s head EVER touch the floor it was Allen’s arm that he grabbed during the shot.

Other players that were fined for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rules were New York Knicks player J.R. Smith, Oklahoma City Thunder players Derek Fisher, and Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets player Omar Asik, Indiana Pacers player Jeff Pendergraph, Minnesota Timberwolves player J.J. Barea, Brooklyn Nets players, Gerald Wallace, and Reggie Evans.
Six players have been warned about violation of the NBA’s anti-flopping rules are Cleveland Cavaliers player David Sloan, Los Angeles Clippers player Chauncey Billups, Atlanta Hawks player Zaza Pachulia, Orlando Magic player Gustavo Ayon, Philadelphia 76ers player Royal Ivey, and San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker.

Flopping can be a strategy (if you don’t get caught) because it fools the officials and it can lead to your team shooting free throws or if you’re on defense can cause the team with the ball to turn it over which can change the momentum of a game or even ultimately change the outcome of a game.

For those same reasons flopping is indeed in fact a menace to the game of basketball.