Regardless of what LeBron, Tony Parker or Paul George have done in these past three games, the inexact art of flopping has proven to be the true star of the Conference Finals. There’s always been an element embellishment on contact in order to draw a foul. Perhaps it’s the added spotlight of the Conference Finals, but the frequency and exacerbation of some of these flops seem to be approaching comical-soccer levels.
There seems to be two sentiments on flopping in the NBA. There are those who are flat-out against it, and those who chalk it up to “gamesmanship.” Nobody likes it (except Shane Battier), yet every NBA player does it. It’s really just a question of how much you can stomach?
It’s hard to look at Tony Allen’s head-holding convulsions and Dwyane Wade’s “is-it-alright-if-I-just-fall-out-of-bounds-here-ref?” moment and say that these plays are an acceptable part of the sport. These plays seem to go beyond the sly nature of “gamesmanship.” They don’t feel right.
There’s supposed to be fiscal punishment to deter players, yet flopping still seems as prevalent as ever. At some point soon the league will hit a critical-mass point on flopping and a decision will have to be made. It either has to be all or nothing. The current subjective nature of penalizing flopping just isn’t cutting it.