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Kobe all in favor of league’s stance against flopping

Nov 19, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant AP

LOS ANGELES — This season is the first that the NBA has entered with the realization (at least publicly) that flopping is a problem, and something that neither fans nor players enjoy seeing as a consistent part of the game.

The league has implemented a system where it will first warn, and then fine players for egregious and embellished displays of physical contact, defined as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.”

In other words, what Reggie Evans can be seen doing here.

Kobe Bryant was asked what he thought about the new rules against flopping, after he posted a triple-double in the Lakers blowout win over the Rockets. Not surprisingly, he is all for it.

“Thank God,” Bryant said. “It doesn’t belong here. We’re grown-ass men, you don’t need to be falling all over the place.”

It was an appropriate question, given this play that went down between Bryant and Houston’s Jeremy Lin midway through the fourth quarter on Sunday.

As for whether or not Lin flopped on the play, Bryant wasn’t sure. But he did seem to think it was possible, given Lin’s smaller stature in relation to his.

“Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. I don’t know,” Bryant said. “He’s too little man … he’s too little for me.”

  1. abchome - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM


  2. losangelesfan - Nov 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    The stare down of Lin was hilarious. Kobe like ‘Seriously?’

  3. tsi431 - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Kobe’s “not impressed” face.

  4. rexgrossman8 - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Someone should remind Mamba of Fish, Gasol et al — even Shaq — during those title runs. Can’t pull the grown @$$ men card when you’ve benefited. It’s not proper….if you win flopping is sacrifice and commitment , if you lose it’s just cheap strategy.

    Roll that flopping footage. Law of Physics hilarity will ensue.

    • tsi431 - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      I think you are confusing “taking a charge” with flopping. They are completely different. Granted, some players “Fisher” do both at the same time.

      • rexgrossman8 - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        No. Im not. Small sample size below.



        Shaq (when he was on the suns, couldnt find the laker footage since im working, he has a history)

        Scottie perfected the art of taking a charge and has 2 back surgeries to prove it. And there others top teams guilty of flopping. (Spurs, Heat, etc)

        The point was you can’t call come somebody down for something when you and your teams have benefitted from the very thing you are chastising.

        I like watching top flight players play. Im not a fan when they feel the need to resort to cheap trickeration to achieve success.

      • tsi431 - Nov 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        You picked some bad examples.

        Gasol’s youtube. Those were fouls. Each one. His arm is being held in both of his shooting fouls. Lets see you try to shoot with two hands when someone is holding one of your arms. It can’t happen. That’s not flopping.

        The first play is obvious offensive foul by Garnett. Gasol’s options are to fall on his butt straight down or slide backwards to avoid injury. Either way its a foul and not flopping.

        Fisher, a known flopper, you show a piece that he isn’t flopping. Just because you heard it from the announcer doesn’t mean jack. Look at the plays. Fisher didn’t flop on his offensive play. The ref called it. He did a quick layup to avoid the block. On the very next play Fisher’s knee collides with Big Baby’s knee. I would be in pain as well.

        Look at the floppers that have had warning’s this year. Those are flops. The phantom touching and brush by’s.

  5. BigBeachBall - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    This whole blog is a flop…

  6. michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I play a lot of pickup basketball games at the Y and one thing you never see is a grown man hitting the parquet. I don’t want the NBA to get carried away with the flopping penalties but I WOULD like to see more no-calls when a guy falls to the ground. Stop rewarding the defenders who stop and allow a slight bump to knock them over. That’s definitely exaggerating the contact; we should expect 250lb men to be able to stay on their feet.

  7. buzzsaww - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Can we rename the flopping penalty to the Bill Laimbeer rule?

  8. philiplewis1 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I can’t imagine being interested in Kobe Bryant’s opinion on anything. He was hard to like from the start but after the cheating incident on his wife and the obvious buyout to get out of trouble, he’s pretty much at the top of my “most hated” list.

    • xander1213 - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      despite not imagining yourself being interested in what Kobe Bryants’s opinion is, you clicked on an article clearly based on his thoughts, read it, and then commented on it. why?

  9. suckit619 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I guess it’s safe to say Kobe is no fan of D-Flop Wade

  10. philliephaninva - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    The main reason that Kobe is against flopping is he’s not a good enough actor to pull one off.

  11. omniusprime - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    I’m glad the NBA cracked down on flopping. Where was this rule when Allen Iverson played? Now there was nothing but a flopper and a crybaby that the stupid refs protected too much. I’m glad the NBA is forcing players to act like responsible adults on the court, now if only MLB would clean up it’s act and those phony bench clearing fake fights. Talk about childish.

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