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Vinny Del Negro says Clippers not “flop city.” Video suggests otherwise.

Apr 24, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

When Reggie Evans sold a foul like there was a sniper in the grassy knoll at Staples Center (you can see the video above, where a flagrant 2 was rightly reduced to a personal foul) it brought up a discussion of the Clippers and flopping. As in they do it a lot. As in people are starting to call them “flop city.”

Well, not if you ask Vinny Del Negro. His team needs to flop more, he thinks. He stood in there and took the charge for his team. Here is the quote, via the Orange County Register.

“We’re flopping a lot? I wish we would flop a lot. Maybe we’d get some charges,” he said. “I don’t know anybody on our team that flops. It’s all around the league. I wouldn’t say our team is a flopping team at all — maybe one or two guys. If we get the call, I like it.”

Um, yes you are flopping a lot. The Clippers may lead the league there.

You can argue that the Clippers and their attacking style means they also take a lot of hard fouls, that’s a legit complaint. Some of that goes uncalled, I’ll give you that as well. But the Clippers flop and complain about calls with the best of them. Or worst, depending on your interpretation. The video evidence litters YouTube. Or look at TrueHoop’s list of the league’s biggest floppers.

Blake Griffin can be quite the actor. Here is my personal favorite, asking for a call after he hits himself in the face.

Chris Paul also has a long history of selling calls — this is a competitive guy who has always needed to do everything possible to get his teams to win. This is older but still a favorite, a compilation via Royce Young of Daily Thunder of all CP3’s flop in one game.

  1. hgulkkcaj - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    If you’re Reggie Evans, Blake Griffin, or CP3, is it not embarassing to see these video replays of yourself flopping all over the floor? Do opponents get as fired up about this as us fans do and let these guys know how annoying they are when they’re on the floor?

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I had posted about 10 vids about them doing this on my Facebook page just last night in lieu of our game with them tomorrow. I set the over/under of flop calls going their way tomorrow night at 9.

  3. neauxgeaux44 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Clippers are a joke….they should have blown out the Hornets….barely beat them…lmao…LA Floppers…I like it…

  4. abchome - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Most players, from superstars to role players, do flop. Shaq, Divac, LBJ, W Wade, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest, Fernandez, Ginobili, Kirilenko, Crawford, James Posey, Raja Bell…, and of course Chris Paul, Griffin, Billups… just search in youtube and don’t act like you never saw flopping before.

    Flopping is a major part of the any contact sport. If it’s “allowed” and it helps winning, why not? It’s up to the league to fix it.

    • mannyfresh209 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Lol then why get upset about/deny the allegations of flopping? If it’s that cut and dry. Cuz it’s embarrassing.

  5. comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    If he ever gives up on basketball, the Canucks could make room for him on their bench.

  6. chilomane - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Chris Paul also works the refs billups does it the best. These dudes are broads!

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Billups kills me with the leg kick, arm flail, whiplash and throwing his body when no one is even making contact with him. And it is clear in LIVE action, not slow motion replay that there is no contact.

  7. bergeronforselke - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    There must be something in the Los Angeles (bottled) water.

  8. Justin - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    There is a reason I call Chris Paul the Heliflopter. Check out this video. Flop City!

  9. willardj - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    There’s been a long lineage of flopping in the NBA, orginally founded by Vlade Divac in 1991. The art of flopping was perfected by Manu Ginobili in 2005 when he won an NBA title for his efforts. Flopping took a comedic turn in 2008 when the gangly, out-of-shape Anderson Varejao began to participate. Perhaps it was his side-show bob hair that prevented the referees from taking him seriously. However, there have been critics, such as Rasheed Wallace, commenting: “The cats are flopping all over the floor and they’re calling that sh!t. It’s all f@cking entertainment.” Now, it appears, we have Blake Griffin to guide the new generation of young stars towards the way of flopping.

  10. rushbacker - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Chris Paul might be even worse than Ginobli. It’s embarrassing. The clowns will keep right on doing it as long as the refs keep rewarding them, though.

  11. dannymac17 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I love the Clipper hate. Means they are doing something right.

    But its a well known fact Fisher has led the league in flops for the better part of the last decade

    • davidly - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Standing tough and getting bowled over by a charge ain’ the same as flopping, there, slick.

      • dannymac17 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        Wrong. I didnt say anything about taking a charge.

        Go look at the back to back runs by the Lakers.

        You’ll see Fish do his best impression of a Fish out of water…or Lake.

      • davidly - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Yeah, alright. But at least he was good at it. The example in the vids above don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. Frankly, I think the game has gotten to fast for the officials.

  12. somekat - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    This is simple. Make flopping a foul. Doesn’t even have to count on the team fouls. Just make it a personal (like an offensive), or even better, a technical. Then (this is the important part), actually enforce it (not like the nhl, who will call a dive, but ALWAYS call the penalty with it). Flopping will be out of the league 3 months in to the season

    This is just another reason why NBA is not good basketball. Just all the rules how they are on the book. Don’t change them so that “superstars” can look better than they actually are. 3 steps is a walk. Palm under the ball is a carry. Knocking a guy of his spot (aka “backing them down) is a charge. Work on that, then maybe the players will respect the game more. I can hardly blame them for pushing the envelope when the league picks and chooses what calls it wants to make

  13. davidly - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    What I don’t like about so much of it is that the art has been lost. The greatest defensive players in the history of the game knew how to do it, because they weren’t just flopping to the floor; they were able to take legit contact and make sure the ref saw it. Some of it was borderline, but nothing like what you see in the vids above.

    Griffin ‘ll never be Rodman, I’ll tell y’ that much.

  14. atom665 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Clipper players flop like a fat chicks t!tties

  15. kylos13 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    All you Clipper haters go watch a Spurs game

  16. gmsingh - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Are they flopping in order to exaggerate the look of fouls or are they all just “light in the loafers”?

  17. originalsteelcurtain - May 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Flopping has been a part of the game for decades.

    Flopping is a Player vs Referee issue. Of course I am going to think the team that I am rooting against is flopping…cheating..bending the rules to gain an edge. When a player on my team flops, it’s just smart basketball, of course.

    The key is the timing of the flop. It can’t be done excessively, or the player becomes a Vlade Divac, and won’t get calls due to reputation.

    Vets like Ginobli, Duncan, and CP3 have worked it out with the Refs over time…young Blake will too.

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