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LeBron James shrugs off claims he’s a flopper

May 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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LeBron James is used to all of you calling him names.

From the comment sections of this site to fans close to the floor arenas LeBron has heard it all — the stuff about his mother, about Cleveland, about how he can’t lead, how he is overrated, how he’s soft, how he can’t close, and much more.

LeBron shrugs at all of it — including the new allegations out of Chicago that he is a flopper. Tibodeau said he saw a flop when Nazr Mohammed pushed him to the ground. Combine that with LeBron saying after a regular season meeting the Bulls were too physical with him and Chicago fans have taken that to the next level talking about how LeBron whines and flops to get calls.

LeBron’s response to the AP was essentially, “whatever.”

“It’s kind of the same [as when] I heard people say I was overrated,” he said Sunday. “It’s kind of like the same response….

“I don’t need to flop,” James said. “I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.”

History is written by the winners. We don’t talk about the three years in a row the Detroit Pistons bounced Michael Jordan from the playoffs and how people said he couldn’t lead a team to a title. Same is true of the knocks on the games of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and so on.

LeBron gets that. Keep winning, keep collecting rings and all the flopping talk will die away, drowned out by plaudits. But it’s not going to due out before Game 4, Chicago is going to let him hear it.

  1. drewsylvania - May 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Everybody flops.

  2. CrimsonTribe - May 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    This is the same crap the Wizards used to have to put up with when he was in Cleveland. Flopping, traveling, and crying.

  3. spavs412 - May 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    All greats in all sports get this. LBJ Sidney Crosby Tom Brady!! But it doesn’t matter bc they have rings and that’s all that matters!! Go on now hate away while one if the best to do what he does is at his best!! Lucky time to be a sports fan for sure.

  4. scoocha - May 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Flop or not; what kind of defense what Nazr playing? It’s quite obvious that he ran right into LBJ to incite him into doing something. He was definitely instructed to do so by Thib.

  5. wanganuied - May 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    “I don’t flop”??? Are you kidding me? Watch how many time he hits the floor when anyone runs into him tonight. Just watch. If a Bull picks, Lebron falls. If Lebron picks, and a Bull runs into him, Lebron falls. Nazr Muhammed was just the most obvious example. The man is 6′ 8″, 260 pounds, and he falls like he’s been shot all game long.

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