Posted May 28, 2013

LeBron James says he understands flopping can give teams competitive advantage

2013 NBA playoffs, Frank Vogel, Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Miami Heat
LeBron James understands flopping can provide a competitive advantage

LeBron James says he doesn’t ‘need to flop,’ but he understand the value it provides. (David Banks/Getty Images)

By any means necessary, that’s LeBron James’ motto these days as he searches for another NBA championship ring.

So while not a flopper himself, James understands the value that exaggerating contact can provide to a team (via Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com).

“Some guys have been doing it for years, just trying to get an advantage,” James said Monday, a day after the Heat grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the Pacers in the Eastern finals.  “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it.”

Indiana has other thoughts on the subject. Coach Frank Vogel has been public in his opposition to the strategy (“I think it’s well documented. I’m not for flopping,” Vogel said.) and singled out the Heat as a flopping team prior to their matchup in the conference semis last season. “They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA,” Vogel told reporters. “Flopping is a problem in this league. … Miami certainly has some guys who do a lot of it. I just don’t think it’s good for the game in general.” The comments earned Vogel a $15,000 fine from the league.

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James came under fire in the previous round, when Bulls guard Nate Robinson and coach Tom Thibodeau singled the star out for what they believed was a flop in Game 3 of the Bulls-Heat series. “From my angle, I just saw a guy, basically, flop,” Thibodeau said of the play in question in which Nazr Mohammed shoved James to the floor. “I’m going to leave it at that.”

James vehemently denied the claim. “I don’t need to flop,” he said. “I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.”

The 2012-13 regular-season MVP has not received a warning or fine this season under the NBA’s new anti-flopping policy, which aims to curb the most egregious simulations and over-exaggerations. This season, he attempted 535 free throws, sixth-most in the NBA, trailing only James Harden, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook.

The Heat and Pacers will play Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night in Indiana.

40 comments
Zak
Zak

"(LeBron is) not a flopper himself."


Nut graph in his next article: "Though the sky is not blue itself..."

acaca
acaca

"I don't need to flop. I play an aggressive game. I don't flop. I've never been one of those guys." -LeBron James

hineydawg
hineydawg

It is amazing to watch Lebron at 270 lbs. go through two or three defenders, get hacked and still have the strength to still make the shot. Then on the next play a 190 lbs point guard knocks him 20 feet across the floor, with only his forearm.

Horstradamus
Horstradamus

What do you mean he's "not a flopper" a brief you tube search picks up a very compelling video (complete with dozens of slow motion replays) that, in point of fact, prove that he is a flopper on at least five occasions this year.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

flopping is only a problem if a foul gets called...maybe we should have better officiating first

Jim72
Jim72

LeBron's favorite meal is pork flops and flopplesauce

vicente
vicente

here's an idea. have a "challenge system" (similar to what they have in tennis/cricket). each team gets one challenge for what they percieve as a "flopping foul" called against their team (they get to keep their challenge if successful but lose it if not) the refs get to video review the call and then can give the floppers a technical foul if found guilty! i reckon this will wipe out flopping altogether because their actions will directly impact on the outcome of the game. (this might also be utilised for flagrant fouls i.e. d-wade on lance stephenson in game 2) 

Daniel43
Daniel43

it was a step into the right direction that the league started to occationally view film to monitor flops. but now they actually have to do what they promised: there are too many un-punished flops going on. not only by the heat players, thats a league wide problem and it makes the game less attractive. 

they need to follow that policy consequently and call out all flops, not just one every once in a while. and the fines should be higher and the suspensions earlier. we'd have a better game and instantly more sportsmenship then.

vicente
vicente

why hasnt any of the heat players been fined or at least warned for flopping?  

riley8
riley8

Why oh why do they keep asking this dolt for his opinion on anything?  Remove the game of basketball and this moron might find work at McD's.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

plus also look at the last 15 finals series you want to know the 3 teams that have been a consatnt the heat, spurs and lakers and if the heat make it will make 5 of the last 7 champions in the nba  from this group as look at the last 6 champs 4 have been from this group, 2005-06 heat over mavs, 2006-07 spurs over cavs, 2007-2008 celtics over lakers, 2008-09 lakers over celtics, 2009-2010 lakers over magic, the 2010-2011 season mavs over heat, the shortened 2011-2012 season heat over thunder and now the 2012-2013 season could see spurs and heat

metalkiwis
metalkiwis

Oh my god I may choke on the irony. 

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

LaBomb you flop, Battier flops, you just dont get called 

Brian B2
Brian B2

He clearly flops. Always has. Always will.

Scallywagners
Scallywagners

Here's what the NBA needs to do . . . when one of the players does an obvious flop they need to stop the game and issue a technical foul against the flopper.  count it as a personal foul and the flopping will start going away.  right now, everybody is getting away with it, whether they draw a foul or not.

dorado
dorado

"James understands the value that exaggerating contact" = "takes one to know one"??

dorado
dorado

LBJ is a PG in a PF body.  he made a living the last several years running over people.  some of those were not flops.

Chieftaingeronimo
Chieftaingeronimo

Ref's to curb flopping actually need to just stop calling so many damn fouls, too much is considered a foul for doing too little. It slows the game, makes it more boring and is insanely frustrating to watch. Ref's try to determine the outcome of the game when thats NOT their position, they are just there to make sure no one is doing anything unsafe. Let the players play the game, about half of ref calls in the NBA need to go away. Too frequent and too unnecessary. the game will be more enjoyable if not only flops are called less but ALL foul calls become more infrequent. A foul should not determine the outcome of a game unless its flagrant, no foul should have that power. 

DudeDad
DudeDad

Every time a Heat player misses a shot, he ends up on the ground and/or asking for a foul.  Please.  "King" James is a flopper of epic proportions...just go to youtube...someone needs to tell him that when he starts to believe his own lies, he's heading down the wrong path....

Wade is the biggest whiner on the team, however..."c'mon, ref, if I missed a shot, I must have been fouled"...

In game 2 of the current series, "King" was called for a foul, and one of the announcers says "LeBron never fouls"....which means "Lebron never gets called for the fouls he commits"...

Unfortunately, he's $$ to the league.  Remember when MJ joined the NBA?  Traveling was more than 1.5 steps.  Now you can leap and land on two feet, and it's OK.  In a few years, you won't have to dribble!  RugbyBall

BirkeyColts
BirkeyColts

The Heat flop like the WWE superstar after a fake punch. It is maddening to watch. I think this is the real problem with the NBA. In the NCAA tournament the refs just call the game. I think the players on the court usually decide the game in the NCAA. I think the same is for the NFL.  The NBA is all about reputation and giving a superstar a call. It is ridiculous. If a star is great then they don't need special treatment from the refs. 

MickPatrick
MickPatrick

We've reached a sad state when the idea of winning with honor seems quaint or even foolish. And I can't imagine how any self-respecting athlete can look himself in the mirror after flopping around on the ground like a toddler in the midst of a meltdown. It's a disgraceful situation.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

again flopping doesn't belong in the game and really the only way you could stop it, is not handing out fines but t;s and guys like ginobli and james then might stop doing it, even chris paul as well anyone remember whne he got stepped on by dmearcus cousins and paul acted like he had been shot

RobertFejes
RobertFejes

"King" James is not a flopper? Is there anyone else in the league that goes flying backwards farther than him when being touched by a player from another team? Manu Ginobili is close, but LeBron IS the King of the Floppers

RyanMcLaughlin
RyanMcLaughlin

This is crap...LeBron flops every freakin' time! 

jantadams
jantadams

I'd like for someone to name the NBA team that doesn't flop. 

Bahia
Bahia

After seeing numerous youtube videos of Lebron flopping ... I can see why he feels this way.

matt37
matt37

@riley8 Are you seriously wondering why a reporter asked the best basketball player on the planet for his opinion on an aspect of the game of basketball?

KAIKAI01
KAIKAI01

@DallasScott THEY SHOULD SENT THIS TO JAMES AND REST OF THE HEAT, SO THAT THEY LEARN MORE FROM HIM HOW TO FLOP PROPERLY AND EFFICTIVELY. WOW AND HE SIAD HE NEVER FLOP. SMH... AND ALSO TO SPURS PARKER AND GINOBILI , THE TOP FIVE FLOPPERS OF ALL TIME. 

dorado
dorado

@RobertJacke battier pulled 3 guys down with him last game while fighting screens, yet they called the fouls against indiana.  dirty player for sure.

KAIKAI01
KAIKAI01

@Scallywagners VERY GOOD IDEA. NUMBER ONE CULPRIT WADE, PARKER, JAMES,BATTIER, GINOBILI, FIVE PLAYERS WHO FLOP SO MUCH. IS NOT BASKETBALL ANYMORE. IT'S AN ACTING JOB....

dorado
dorado

@Scallywagners problem is that in the heat of play, sometimes it's impossible to determine what contact was actually made without instant replay, that's why they review it later.  refs respond to the reaction more than the actual contact.  they need to change that also.


newshamg
newshamg

@RobertFejes Chris Paul has taken it to a level far more than the two players you mention. I like Chris Paul as a player but his flopping is quite simply pathetic.

newshamg
newshamg

@RyanMcLaughlin Do you exaggerate this much in everyday life? Hope you don't because you won't keep a job (if you have one) for long.