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LeBron James doesn’t think flopping is that big a deal

May 28, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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LeBron James says he doesn’t flop. Sure thing. Whatever you say.

But clearly flopping is an issue with the NBA suits because it is an image thing, which is why they not only started not only fining players for flopping but also making sure that fine (just $5,000 for the first instance) is public. Tony Allen got fined on a play where the call was a legitimate flagrant foul but he oversold the non-existent head injury anyway — the league wants to do away with this issue.

LeBron, he doesn’t see what the big deal is. It’s all about just trying to gain an advantage, he told Ken Berger at

“It’s year one (of the fine protocol), so you’re not just going to go cold turkey,” James said. “Guys have been accustomed to doing it for years, and it’s not even a bad thing. You’re just trying to get the advantage. Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it.”

That will lead to some more LeBron bashing. But he is clearly not alone

While a lot of players give lip service to the idea of being against flopping, the evidence we see with our eyes on the court suggests LeBron’s is the prevailing opinion in the league.

Guys are flopping to try and get calls — and it’s working. Not all the time, but it’s working. And that’s why you will keep seeing more of it — elite players are not going to balk at embellishing to get a call if it can mean maybe influencing the referees at a key moment in a game. Allen may not have needed to embellish his fall to get a key flagrant call against the Spurs, but his acting didn’t hurt his cause. Just his pocketbook, and not really that much there.

  1. codysober - May 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    clear video of michael jordan flopping.


    • codysober - May 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      0:26 seconds in

  2. philliephaninva - May 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Flop. Definitely flop.

  3. golfrangeman - May 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    How about this idiot money2long it’s illegal !! Are you kidding me!! Illegal !! I think you need to go back to school.
    Literally every single player does it in every sport there selling the call and it would end if the refs made the call on what they see and not the players reaction. Is far as HGH where the hell does that come from?

  4. asuthyo - May 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Wah wah wah! “Flopping” happens in all the major sports but only in the NBA do players get fined for it. I’m not sure how helping your team win the game is a bad thing. It’s very likely that the best player on (insert team here) flops just like the rest of the NBA.

  5. happster - May 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    The game lost all credibility with me decades ago, because of the nonsense we call flopping. Malingering, cheating, fraud, I can think of better names. But it’s not honest and exactly no one wants to pay to see it or the foul shots they’re trying to embezzle through their deceit. NBA games are like watching a game of horse these days, and this is part of the problem. I got smart about it and the NBA better take better care of their image before a whole lot more do. I cherish the memories of the 80’s, when the game was fast pace, exciting and played with integrity. But I haven’t watched an NBA game in five years, and won’t until they fix it.

  6. melkipershero - May 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day. Late thanks to any veterans who have served.

    About Lebron and flopping. After the Nazr play I really didnt think he flopped. After watching it a few times I do think he did. Lebron flops a lot to get calls. It doesnt take away from his greatness but it is kind of “low” I think. He doesnt need to flop because hes a superstar. We all know about the superstar treatment.

    Remember where these stories come from though. These guys get asked 100 questions a day. We all know the media loves a Lebron/Heat story. It gets a lot of views.

  7. alwaysgame7 - May 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    LeBron: flopping no big deal


    That is all XD

  8. miamatt - May 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    The reality is players on every team in the NBA flop to some extent. I’m a Heat fan and I’m not going to say that Miami doesn’t work the refs and sell calls. But so does everybody else. Fans tend to turn a blind eye when it benefits their respective team, and lament when an opponent or a team they just don’t like gets a call that way. The Heat don’t flop any more than most teams, they are just watched more than any team nationally and that’s a fact.

    • bcgreg - May 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      I’m a Celtics fan. I agree that every team has a “flopper” What I don’t like is that professional referees are so easily duped by it. The NBA started fining players for flopping. They should also fine refs who get duped by flops. If you call a foul in favor of a flopper, $1000 fine. If you get up to 15-20K in fines in one season, you’re fired.

    • bougin89 - May 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      I have to disagree on this comment that the Heat don’t flop more than most teams. Lebron, as great as he is, and Wade flop constantly. How many “injuries” do they occur on plays that most other players wouldn’t blink at. How many times do they slowly get up(with that “i get fouled so much sarcastic look on their face”) on plays that they flop to the ground on?

      I totally agree that flopping isn’t a Heat only issue but the amount of exaggeration and all the c o n s t a n t complaining the Heat do make them seem like the worst. The sad part is if they didn’t flop/complain so much they would probably be an even better and more liked team.

  9. golfrangeman - May 28, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Happster if you don’t watch basketball why are you commenting on what’s going on? I think you need to go back and watch some tapes. I don’t care when there from 70’s. 80’s. 90’s… Players have always tried to sell calls and they always will till refs learn to base the call on what they see not the reaction. Paul George almost won a game selling a call.

  10. adoombray - May 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Yeah, you don’t get to write a paragraph criticising the league in its current state when you say you haven’t watched in 5 years.

  11. bcgreg - May 28, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    So you DO flop! You told us a week or so ago that you didn’t.

  12. realninerfan22 - May 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Flopping has been going on for years..Reggie miller, john stockon, dennis rodman, divac d fish, sam Cassell, manu.. I cud go on and on. Flopping is part of the game and never well stop get over it.

  13. realninerfan22 - May 28, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    All time flopping starting 5. D fish, Reggie miller, lbj, Dennis rodman, V Divac.. D wade, sam Cassell, and battier coming off the bench

  14. zickhead - May 28, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Of course he doesn’t mind. He flops quite a bit and seems like the only one in the league who doesn’t get fined or warned for it.

  15. stinkfingers - May 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Nobody flops like Dwyane Wade. Nobody.

    • southsidegroovin281 - May 29, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      *clears throat* Not if I have anything to say about it!–Derek Fisher

    • gmsingh - May 29, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Wade hits the deck after almost every shot he takes, even jump shots. He should’ve been fouled out of the league by now. Oh, and Kurt–are you saying that LeBron disagreeing with the NBA about what should be a fine-able offense is okay? How the hell does that work?

      • Kurt Helin - May 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        Did I mention fines in the post? Reading comprehension is a good thing….

      • gmsingh - May 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Yes, I said “fouled” instead of “fined”–I’m glad you were paying attention.

  16. philtration - May 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Sometimes a man likes to lay on his back, close his eyes, raise his legs up to his shoulders and grunt.

    Just ask Michael Vick.

    • jimeejohnson - May 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      You got everybody with that one. Nice.

  17. northstarnic - May 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Well, there you have it. MeBron is a shameless flopper.

  18. drewzducks - May 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    No surprise here. He learned from the master, seeing his momma floppin all over her bed with Delonte, yo!

  19. chrisco716 - May 29, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Flagrant 1 and Flagrant 2. NBA needs to make a Flop 1 and Flop 2.

  20. omniusprime - May 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Queen LeBoring James is nothing but a worthless cheater, a crybaby flopper who doesn’t deserve the time of day much less MVP awards. Only the worthless sports pundits think this worthless piece of garbage is any good. Hopefully Indiana will beat the stinking heatstroke.

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