Every NBA player flops. Every NBA team flops. It’s an unfortunate byproduct of human officiating and no in-game consequences. To the NBA’s credit, they are trying to curb this practice by fining players who blatantly fake contact, however it fails to do anything about players who exaggerate contact.
Paul Pierce has been so notorious in his flopping that it’s been to his detriment for the last few seasons. There are times when he legitimately gets fouled but doesn’t get a call for how often he’s yelled or flailed his arms in the past.
While every player flops, there’s no team who flops quite like the Miami Heat. It’s truly an art form. Whether it’s Mario Chalmers or Chris Bosh throwing their heads back when they feel any contact (similar to Rajon Rondo). Or Dwyane Wade throwing himself through the lane and falling into the row of baseline cameramen. Or LeBron James suffering what looks like his next career ending head-injury only to be totally fine. Or Shane Battier taking charges even when someone steps around him.
They are so good at this, I had to make them a little tribute video of some of the more egregious flops and ticky tack calls from Monday’s game:
For a better view of that LeBron head flop on the pick, check out the gif on the bottom of the page
Since flopping is such a problem in the NBA, I also created this .gif for when I’m on Twitter and see an especially horrendous flop that leads to an official calling a ticky-tack foul: