Basketball is a game that involves scoring as many points as possible to win a game. Some people can score better than others depending on factors such as physical attributes, skill set, and talent just to name a few. Basketball is a beautiful game when played correctly, but there is an element to the game which players around the world that play the game seem to use. A tactic that is used to fool referees, other players, and the crowd. I'm talking about flopping. I can't stand flopping in the game of basketball. It is universally recognized as just bad sportsmanship because player(s) try to trick others into giving them phantom calls. It's as if the player is admitting that they can't beat you with their skills or physical abilities, so they have to resort to desperation.

       However, I see more flopping than ever before. When I watch the NBA, I expect a couple of flops here and there because no matter what there are always going to be players on the floor that are not on the same skill level, so they in a way have to do "other things" out there. So I guess I understand if a player like the scrappy guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers Matthew Dellavedova would flop. I know that he knows that he is not going to take the ball coast to coast and get buckets like say Kyrie Irving. When he is out there on the floor, he has a specific role in a limited amount of time. He has to do whatever it takes to contribute to a win. So if Dellavedova has to flop to get a call for his team to win than so be it. Now if your a player such as LeBron James, flopping shouldn't even be in your vocabulary. Now I'm not trying to single out just LeBron or the Cavs because every team has players who flop. However, LeBron is the "face" of the NBA. There is too much flopping in the NBA and it starts with him. For the past five years whether LeBron was with the Miami Heat or the Cleveland Cavaliers I have seen way too many flops from one of the more stronger and physically imposing NBA players that we have. In recent years he has been criticized by a couple of coaches for flopping. While a member of the Heat during the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, head coach Frank Vogel pointed out that LeBron flops and basically is the spear head for the "biggest flopping team." 

      If we can get the best players in the NBA to stop flopping, it would help the sport dramatically. I already mentioned LeBron, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, virtually the whole Spurs especially Tony Parker. Even A guy like Dwyane Wade participates in the foolery, which disappoints me because I think Wade is all time great player and person but he flops with the best of them. The high profile players in affect blend in with players that are quite frankly not on the same playing field. Maybe it's just me, but sometimes when guys flop it slows the game down and interrupts the flow of the game. Those who follow basketball closely knows that a crowd can tell when someone is flopping, or "acting" to try to persuade the referee to give them a favorable call. Great NBA players do not need to flop, all they have to do is play their game and show why they are playing on a high level.

      I propose each year the top rated 30 players going into the following season should sign a separate contract stating that they promise not to flop. Maybe that is far fetched, but I'm serious about the top guys flopping. It's bad for the game. I have been at a couple high school gyms checking out a couple of Varsity games, the affect the pros have on the younger generations are evident. Guys are flopping everywhere like freshly caught fish. It's unbelievable how many kids flop. Those kids need to understand that flopping is not cool, and I believe if the kids see the top guys in the league play basketball and just play their individual game it would have a good affect on them and they can probably understand they can succeed on the court without no foolishness. The San Antonio Spurs are probably the best example of great basketball to watch, but even they flop. They have arguably the two most notorious floppers in the NBA. Now I do not mean no disrespect (However, I guess I'm being disrespectful. Unintentionally by the way) but Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker would be serving back to back life sentences for the way they flop. No doubt they are great NBA players, champions, and future Hall of Famer's but flop entirely too much. But, if the best do it, who is to stop others teams from doing it? I want to know if I'm fantacizing or do I have a legitimate argument. Is it too much to ask if we can stop flopping at all levels? Starting with the NBA, because like I said before, they are the ones who have all eyes on them. 

     Do you know why flopping is not generally used in the playgrounds or in street ball? They are no referees out there. You mess around and get whooped on by the other team if flopping is involved. You can fool guys out there because you have to make your calls. So it puts the ownes on the individual to make the correct call, or you going to have to defend your call mainly by arguing which then could lead to a fight. See, if you try to fool your opponent especially when there is something on the line. 9 out of 10 times your pride is on the line. It could be other things, but most of the time its money. Nonetheless, you better make the right call, and you definitely can't flop. Flopping can get under anyone skin, just ask Rasheed Wallace. Back in 2009, Wallace was a member of the Boston Celtics when he had a little dust up with a much younger Hedo Turkoglu of the Toronto Raptors at the time. Wallace believed that "Turkododo", as Wallace like to use when referring to Turkoglu, flopped to get the ref to give Rasheed a technical foul. Now I'm pretty sure Rasheed would admit also his reputation didn't help. However, I do agree with Wallace premise. In a interview when he was with Detroit Pistons in 2008, Wallace expressed that guys would flop and get away with it because the refs often times miss those calls. I agree because I see it in plain sight. I ask myself when I'm watching basketball on television, "I'm the only one who saw that?" 

   I don't know, but what do you think?