The 5 Most Pathetic Flops in NBA History

Bradlee Ross@rossbeCorrespondent IIMarch 28, 2012

The 5 Most Pathetic Flops in NBA History

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    The NBA is a game where smart, veteran players are always operating within the fringes of the rulebook, searching for that singular advantage to help their team win.

    Flopping is one of the ways they try to accomplish that.

    There have been some pretty pathetic flops in the NBA’s history, but it is a practice that has only recently become more popular. Guys like Manu Ginobili, Raja Bell and Robert Horry have been expert floppers who made into somewhat of a skill.

    Here are the five most pathetic flops in NBA history.

Raja Bell and J.R. Smith

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    This might be the funniest video of a flop I've ever seen. Mainly because the offensive player and defensive player flop at the same time.

    Raja Bell and J.R. Smith should both be ashamed of this display, which is entertaining for all the wrong reasons. Bell is notorious for flopping, as you can see from this video.

    Check out the video of this flop here.

Chris Bosh

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    If anything is true about flops, it is this: They are so much funnier in slow motion.

    This replay of a Chris Bosh flop makes it clear that Bosh isn’t even touched by Carlos Boozer’s pivot. The slow motion makes it look even funnier, like Bosh thought about it before falling to the ground.

    Check out the video here.

Robert Horry

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    Carlos Boozer is the harmless victim of yet another flopper in this video clip. Robert Horry made his name by making clutch shots and being an extremely smart veteran player.

    However, this play crosses the line between veteran gamesmanship and pure floppy shame, and Jeff Van Gundy calls him out on it.

    Check out the video here.

Ron Artest

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    The pathetic part about this flop isn’t the fact that Artest flops at all. The truth is, it looks to me like an actual offensive foul.

    The pathetic part is that Artest takes his flop to far, “falling” like 25 feet into the crowd. Was that really necessary to get the call? I think not.

    Check out the video here.

Baron Davis

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    The play is over. Mehmet Okur is walking toward the referee to argue what he feels is a bad call against him. Baron Davis responds by standing in front of Okur and then falling down at the slightest contact.

    I hope I don’t need to point out why or how this is pathetic. A player as good as Davis was at that point shouldn’t need to pull those kinds of shenanigans.

    Check out the video here.