If you have been following along closely, the NBA playoffs sparked a sudden and heated debate on King James and his epic flop to the ground at the frustrated hands of Nazr Mohammed.
Hiding behind the fracas is an actual series we almost forgot was being played.
I don't need to flop. I play an aggressive game. I don't flop. I've never been one of those guys.
Someone alert James that his pants are on fire, as evidenced by this collection spotted by SportsGrid (some NSFW language).
For those uninitiated—and there aren't many of you—here is the play in question.
That started a nauseating exchange between fans, media, players and coaches on flopping; one that we have to suffer through every time an NBA player hits the court.
Heat coach Tom Thibodeau offered the following, via ESPN: "From my angle, I saw a guy basically flop. I don't think it warranted an ejection. I understand a flagrant foul, I understand that, but ejection, no, nope."
Yup, anyone with eyes and a television signal saw the same, but let's beat this dead horse to a pulp with a large mallet of heated passion.
Deadspin spotted a Heat game in April 2012 that sent Jeff Van Gundy into a fury over flopping and how it is ruining the game today.
A year later, the league is still standing.
That's not to say that I don't hate flopping, because I do. However, like traveling violations that never get called and capricious fouls that are suddenly made in the fourth quarter, I have grown accustomed.
Here is just a sampling of the outrage and meticulous detail garnered by this particular flop.
Hardwood Paroxysm @HPbasketball
So I went Zapruder on the Shove, to see whether it was a flop or not. Slow-motion and stillframes, everything. http://t.co/hZjQNUsXBb5/11/2013, 5:34:58 PM
John Keilman @JohnKeilman
Denying a flop is a sign of being a flopper: LeBron James denies flopper allegations http://t.co/8QszwjOTw0 via @cbssports5/13/2013, 6:49:45 PM
KFH Radio @kfhradio
LeBron James, Prolific Flopper, Says He Doesn’t ‘Even Know How’ To Flop. Here Are Many Instances Of ... http://t.co/3jTqxc79gH #kfhradio5/13/2013, 6:29:24 PM
You know what you guys sound like? Actually, do you know what you look like as you debate the finer details of whether James decided to pull a Manu Ginobili in the middle of a playoff game?
There, you feel pretty damn foolish now don't you?
It's now 2013, nearly 30 years since Kevin McHale provided a clothesline to Kurt Rambis with minimal outrage from fans and the league.
Obviously, the culture in the league has changed so that the reaction to a mediocre shove is far more polarizing than the actual push. We now debate a flop as if the maneuver was invented last Friday.
Did James flop? Don't care!
I was pissed off years ago, well before the NBA instituted a flopping tax of sorts—one that has done nothing to curb players from flailing about wildly when lightly brushed by an opponent.
James probably flopped and so do countless players a multitude of times during the season. The NBA is a flopping league, just get used to it.
The screams of frustration just make it seem like you haven't been following along.
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