Weekly countdown: Flopping 101
Flopping or drawing a legitimate charge -- isn't it all the same game? As the Finals approach and players on both sides of the ball grow more aggressive, these plays will continue to rise in importance. So here's everything you need to know.
"Oh, well, I disagree," responds Rockets forward
"Now is the argument, do guys flop? I think that's overstated. I think there's more offensive flopping that goes on than defensive flopping: Guys trying to sell calls and whipping their heads, and guys driving in the lane and flailing their arms -- that's flopping. But no one talks about it, all they talk about is defensive flopping."
So he is falling
"It's all part of the craft," Terry said. "
Terry understands the frustrations on both sides of the ball. "You're talking to the No. 1 guy in the league right now -- I've dunked on more centers than probably any guard under 6-2 in the history of the game, by putting a knee in their chest, using it as a springboard and dunking it."
Which is to say he's also created more griping than any 6-2 guard in history. "All the time the other teams complain about it," he said. "They say I kick them. The refs have kind of cracked down on me, but still, I still get my fair share of no-calls going in knee-high."
Once can Artest remember being rewarded with a charge call. "It was against
Battier agrees with his teammate. "I strongly believe that unless you go to the ground, you're not going to get the call," Battier said. "And I'm not saying that's right, and every referee I've talked to I've argued with, and they've said, 'No, no, you don't have to go to the ground.' Well, I very rarely see a charge called where a guy just gets knocked back and doesn't go to the ground."
If Moe was refereeing in the NBA, he says, he wouldn't award charge calls to anyone who needs to be helped up after the play. "The other thing is I wouldn't take anything from the coaches," he said. "If any of these coaches started giving it to me, I'd hit them with a 'T' before they knew it."
Now that's rich, coming from a coach who used to turn into
"It's like being a stunt man, you've got to learn how to fall," Battier said. "I think I'm the only person alive who's taken a charge in the full court from Shaq and
The technique is identical for legitimate defenders and shameless floppers: Glide into the landing with the hands behind the hips in order to maintain balance and avoid breaking an elbow against the floor, as Battier once did in a high school game. "My body has calloused over in my lifetime from taking charges," said Lakers guard
A few of Fisher's opponents in the Western finals don't share his appreciation for drawing charges. "The last time I tried it, I dislocated my jaw," said Denver forward
Nuggets point guard
"All the European players who come into the NBA know how to take a charge and know how to flop, too," said Orlando Magic guard
Trail Blazers coach
NBA teams may not practice flopping, but they used to reward it. "
"The 'heart and hustle' team led the league by like 100 charges," said Celtics coach
"But for everybody who got a charge it was $100. We'd do it right at the end of the month, our trainer would have the tab. It was great because you would announce the charges. And
"When I was with the Knicks that was all we did:
Cavaliers' 6-11 forward
But the old school hasn't surrendered. Whenever Rockets 7-6 center Yao Ming tried to draw a charge this season, his 42-year-old backup
This point of view comes directly from former Georgetown coach
In recent years commissioner
"The reaction was so harsh by my constituents," Stern said. "So I said, 'All right, all right, don't get excited.'"
In any case, Stern has the impression that the problem isn't what it used to be. "
Two things, John: First is that Johnson is entering the final year of his contract, and therefore wouldn't elicit full value in a trade (unless he was willing to immediately sign an extension with the new team), while Smith is locked in for four more years at $48 million.
The problem with trading Smith is that he has a 15 percent trade kicker that was negotiated by the Memphis Grizzlies last summer when they signed him to a restricted offer sheet (which the Hawks matched). That means 15 percent of Smith's total contract -- $8.7 million -- must be paid in a lump sum after he is traded. Which means he would have to be dealt to the Mavericks or another cash-rich team willing and able to make such a huge payment.
The other point here is Smith is an upside talent who may yet mature to become an All-Star. He isn't there yet, while Johnson is the bird in the hand. It wouldn't make sense to trade a 27-year-old All-Star at his peak because such reliable talent is extremely hard to find.
A few teams might agree with you, which is why the Clippers might have hurt themselves slightly by declaring their intentions to take Griffin. Teams that want to trade for Rubio can now take their offers to the Memphis Grizzlies, who hold the No. 2 pick; if the league was unsure whether the Clippers were going to draft Griffin or Rubio at No. 1, then all of the trade talk for either player would be directed toward Los Angeles. But the bottom line is that the Clippers believe in Griffin, they're unlikely to receive an offer generous enough to convince them to trade the No. 1 pick, and they wanted to use Griffin's potential to convince season-ticket holders to renew for next year -- all good reasons for making their intentions known.
I don't see Rubio and Davis being able to play together. Is Davis going to yield the quarterback position to an 18-year old? Not likely. Given the state of NBA economics, his contract probably cannot be traded this summer to make room for Rubio (unless a suitor is willing to take Davis in a package for the No. 1 pick).
Most teams would take Griffin No. 1. As a big man with enormous upside, there are fewer questions about him than there are about Rubio. But Rubio is the likely No. 2 pick in the draft.
I think it's been a relatively quiet postseason. Players from opposing teams used to hate each other --
That rule was installed in 2001 when the league installed a new package of rules -- including the right to play zone defense -- that resulted in the more fluid, open-court style that has opened up the games and made them more entertaining. The idea is to open up the court at the end of the game and create more options if a team chooses to inbound from midcourt. It may seem arbitrary, but I wouldn't call it unfair as the option exists for both teams.
Throw in the needs of many teams to revamp their rosters with cheaper talent, and the result is a lot of trade talk. "This is not a draft for ultra-talents, but there are good, nice players," added the GM. "People will be clamoring for top-eight picks because of guys like
This would not necessarily be a bad thing for him. Like every player in this draft, it's crucial that Thabeet land with a team that can accommodate him. Don't you think