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Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s best floppers?

Mar 21, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

Who are the NBA’s best floppers? These guys. But Chris Paul is really a guy who flies under the radar.

• If floppers aren’t your thing, how about a look at the best benches in the NBA?

• A fantastic tribute to the soon-to-be-retiring Brad Miller from Trey Kerby.

Shaq was on Conan O’Brien last night, saying Shaq thing.

• Yao Ming was back in Houston Tuesday night, talking about life after basketball.

• Stephon Marbury’s team in China won the conference finals, which caused Marbury to break down in tears of joy.

• How desperate is the need for big men in the NBA? The Cavaliers just waived Ryan Hollins because they can’t use him but now playoff teams are jumping in to line up for his services.

• Why going small works for the Heat.

• The Spurs still plan on signing Patty Mills, but there are visa issues with the Australian holding up his arrival.

Still no date for Kyle Lowry’s return to the Rockets.

• From Ken Berger at Minnesota is 18-13 (.581) with Rubio as its starting point guard this season and 5-11 (.313) when anyone else starts.

• Another great stat, this one from John Schuhmann at The Bulls are 8-1 in games in which their opponent has at least one day of rest and they do not.

• As expected, the 76ers have waived forward Andres Nocioni.

Rashard Lewis has had a setback in rehab and nobody knows when he will be back on the court.

• A Q&A with Enes Kanter.

• A great example of what is wrong with the NCAA.

• Spurs guard Cory Joseph tis headed o the Austin Toros of the D-League.

  1. thekingdave - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Paul’s “performance” in Saturday’s bs win against the Rockets is enough to put him on the list

    • bbk1000 - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Between the whole ‘head touching’ deal not long ago and his flopping antics Paul appears to be either very immature or in need of counseling…and I don’t believe in counseling.

      He just needs to grow up….

  2. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Flippers:everyone on the Spurs

  3. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Floppers:everyone on the Spurs

  4. rooney24 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I wish the NBA would review the game tapes and fine any players for obvious flopping. Make the fines big enough and the flopping will disappear. Don’t turn this into European soccer!!

  5. chitownmatt - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Paul Pierce is the Marlon Brando of the NBA.
    He deserves an Oscar for some of his flops. The one on the youtube link is nowhere nearly as bad as some I remember.
    I can’t remember the game, but I do remember Pierce wincing and grabbing his eye and cheek in terrible pain after a swung elbo. As he kept raising his hand back to his face, apparently to ‘check for blood’, the replay clearly showed the other players elbo clearly cleared Pierce’s face by almost three inches… No joke?

  6. flyrocket31 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    CP3 Flops and plays dirty he is a great player but these Concepts make me hate him as a person and competitor. See Rockets Vs Clippers Games.

  7. thebigkahuna23 - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Yeah Pau really needs to be on this list. That guy screams more in game than Maria Sharapova.

  8. ljl2 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Every team thinks they can be the ones who get through to Ryan Hollins and turn his athleticism into something good (or at least average). They missed this scouting report…

    “lacks basketball skills”

  9. glink123 - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Shane Battier. Rajon Rondo. Tony Parker. In that order.

  10. borderline1988 - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Most stars are guilty of flopping, although Lebron and Kobe are both not that bad. They do have their moments, but usually they play tough basketball and don’t embellish contact (at least in comparison to other stars).

    Pierce is by far and away the No.1 flopper in NBA history. It’s not even close. I actually like what Ginobili, Battier, Scola, and Wade do – they don’t fake injury, they just try to sell calls. That’s good fundamental basketball.

    Pierce literally winces, wails, and screams in agony, sometimes staying on the floor for several minutes. He fakes limps all the time. The guy is a true whiner, one of the all-time great babies in the NBA. He’s about as tough as toilet paper.

  11. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Bah! I’ve seen better floppers. Check this one out:

  12. thestudiokida - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Vlade “Floppy” Divac is the greatest flopper of all time. I believe he’s a big soccer fan and decided to bring flopping to the NBA. Honestly he’s the pioneer of flopping in basketball.

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