LeBron James and the Idiotic Fascination with Flopping

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 13, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 10:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts after hitting a three point shot in the 4th quarter against the Chicago Bulls in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat defeated the Bulls 104-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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LeBron James' flopping debate is guilty of suffocating the life out of the NBA playoffs. You can all receive your slap to the face at the door, thank you. 

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. 

Game 4 will get underway on Monday with only a slight mention of Derrick Rose. The rest of the time will be dedicated to James and his time spent sitting on the ground in Game 3. 

The debate took another turn as James answered his critics in a article at NBA.com as covered by Bleacher Report's Dan Favale

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. 

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. 

Soccer players flop, baseball players fake being hit and Blake Griffin is only one of many NBA players deserving of an Oscar. 

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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