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Rajon Rondo receives warning for worst flop of the season (VIDEO)

Apr 10, 2014, 7:16 PM EST

There has been a steady stream of flopping plays that deserved discipline from the league office over the course of the season, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one more egregious than what Rajon Rondo performed against the Hawks on Wednesday.

The reason? He wasn’t even touched.

Rondo set up to take a charge that never happened and went down anyway, which resulted in the ball swinging to the other side, where Kyle Korver knocked down an open three.

In other flopping news (and speaking of Kyles), the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry was also warned for a flop during Wednesday night’s game against the Sixers.

  1. retxedfred - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Too lazy to get up and chase down the shooter.

  2. brookwell2013 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Knucklehead of the Year Award: Mr. Rajon Rondo…..congratulations!

    • apkyletexas - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      I like how he began his fall a step before the Hawks’ player would have touched him, if he had touched him. So it would have been a flop with or without contact.

  3. cantonbound13 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    LeBroning

    • thekiller678 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Bro, you’re more obsessed with LeBron than most LeBron fanboys.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      TysonChandlering

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Try being original. Typical bandwagon Heat fan just knows how to follow.

  4. JMClarkent - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I wonder what the stats are of flops attempted versus fouls called on flops and once narrowed down points scored by the opponent playing 4 on 5 when flops don’t work?

  5. iammr713 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    LMAOOOOOO

  6. capspats - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Lol hilarious

  7. Professor Fate - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    That was pretty funny, but it wasn’t a flop. He thought he was going to get charged into and was committed to selling it hard. Unfortunately he misjudged the play badly. Falling down with no one really near you is just bad defense. His act was ignored by the refs, the Hawks scored, why does the NBA even care?

    • casualcommenter - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      By definition, flopping is “selling either minor contact or no contact as significant contact in order to draw a foul call from the referees.”

      So what you just wrote was, “It wasn’t a flop. He was trying to flop and mistimed the flop, so it’s not a flop.”

      If your opponent is actually guilty of a charge, you don’t need to begin falling down before he makes contact. You let him make contact, and you allow that strong contact to push you to the ground. If the contact he makes with you is so minor that you don’t start to fall down, then it’s not a legitimate charge call.

    • retxedfred - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      You practically defined a flop right there!

  8. ranfan12 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    To his credit, he almost had it. His timing was just terrible lol

  9. titansbro - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    I’m professor, trying to sell it is exactly what flopping is.

    This is why I can’t watch basketball anymore. There is no more toughness. Flopping should be an automatic ejection/suspension as it hurts the integrity of the game & makes it flat out unwatchable. Waaayyyy too many fouls called anyways now.

    Sadly, I remember being taught how to “take a charge” (ie: flop) by HS & AAU coaches. I just couldn’t ever bring myself to do it though. I felt so silly & got yelled at several times.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Taking a charge is not always flopping.
      It’s standing your ground and letting an out of control opponent run into you at full speed, sacrificing your body to generate a turnover and get an opponent called for a foul. It penalizes players who charge at the rim with no control hoping for either an easy shot at the rim or a bailout foul call from the referees.

      A legitimate drawn charge is a tough, smart, effective basketball play.
      It’s so effective that some players unfortunately exaggerate even minor contact to draw a charge, i.e. flop.

  10. lj312chicago - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    LeBroning!

  11. calkinsrob - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    ive seen worse

  12. perrye68 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    This “sport” is getting more ridiculous every year. When will these “players” be inducted into the Screen Actors Guild? Most either act a fool, act like a “diva”, or try to make the world believe they are a “king”. Bring back the real players like Jordan, Magic, and Byrd. These kids are nothing more than thugs with bling and a bad attitude…

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      If you don’t think Jordan sold calls or did anything else it took to win your are at best naive.

  13. sixerstrong - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Is this what they are talking about when they refer to the “Euro step”?

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