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Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins says flopping shouldn’t be a part of the game

May 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Hollins talks with guard Allen late in the second half of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City Reuters

There was a critical play late in the Grizzlies’ Game 2 loss to the Spurs where Tony Allen was brought down by Manu Ginobili on a fast break attempt. Ginobili grabbed Allen’s off arm and dragged him out of the air to prevent an easy layup, causing Allen to fall awkwardly as he came to the court.

The referees ruled it a flagrant foul, a call which held up under video review.

The flagrant nature of the foul itself was never called into question; it was Allen’s theatrics afterward that most had an issue with, and that includes Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.

Speaking after shootaround in advance of Game 3 on Saturday, Hollins said he’s not in favor of the tactic, and even believes that the league could enforce its rules in this area a little more strictly.

“Flopping is not a part of the game and shouldn’t be a part of the game,” Hollins said, via the Associated Press. “That’s why we have rules in place. There’s probably a few more that could be called on a lot of people that are still in the playoffs.”

Just because Hollins is against flopping, however, doesn’t mean he thinks that there was any question that Ginobili’s foul on Allen deserved the flagrant one designation.

“I don’t think what happened had anything to do with the referee calling a flagrant foul because he grabbed him out of the air,” Hollins said, via Kevin Arnovitz of “Whether he hit his head or didn’t hit his head, he grabbed him out of the air, and I don’t think that had a bearing, especially when they went and reviewed it, they still called it a flagrant.”

Allen was fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules.

  1. trippymane - May 25, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    The NBA is reallllly stupid. Take a hint from soccer stupids let the referee call a foul when someone flops!

  2. saint1997 - May 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    The difficulty with flops is they’re so difficult to call in the heat of the game. This is really why the NBA need to get into video referral during games. Each coach gets 1 chance per quarter to review a decision (this would include for flopping and can also be called by players). If the referral goes in their favour they keep the chance and can use it again – if the referral is negative then they have no more that quarter. That hard?

    • pistolpete0903 - May 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      The problem is that the game is slow as is.
      With the review per quarter, you are tagging an additional 5-10 minutes more per game. Not sure if the networks would agree.

      • saint1997 - May 26, 2013 at 3:30 AM

        I’m certain networks can cut 5-10 minutes of pre-game nothing in favour of increasing the transparency of the officiating

    • kimberlynnnorom - May 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I think the video referral may mess up the flow of the game. Also, I think what’s promoting flopping is the reaction of the players. So the officials need to watch the play rather than watch the player’s reaction.

  3. eagles512 - May 25, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Been an Allen fan until that crap the other night.

  4. kimberlynnnorom - May 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Flopping has become an unnecessary part of the NBA during these past few decades. Flopping needs to stop now and the major culprits should be fined. Check out more of my opinions on flopping and other sports related topics on my blog

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