The master of the flop is back in business.
James Harden and Blake Griffin, you can take note of how the true flop king goes about his business. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade should be paying close attention in South Beach, and Manu Ginobili is probably already studying tape from the practice facilities of the San Antonio Spurs.
Chris Paul has done it again. Well, technically he's done it for the first time in 2013-14.
Below is the video evidence of this crime against basketball humanity:
While fighting with Ricky Rubio for positioning on a pass from Blake Griffin, CP3 goes down like he was just body-checked by the Spanish floor general. Apparently Rubio has been working with Kevin Love, because he's developed some serious lower-body strength that he can channel without even looking like he's working hard.
Another explanation could be that Rubio was working with Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi over the offseason. The Force is strong with this one.
Can you think of anything else?
Oh wait, it's CP3 we're talking about. So it was definitely a flop, unless the Staples Center now features hidden trapdoors that allow fans to pull down on the legs of unsuspecting players.
This is the guy who Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver said earned the coveted "flop of the year" award in 2012-13, handing him the title thanks to a flop against DeMarcus Cousins. Golliver described the flop as, "The best of the best (or the worst of the worst): thought-out, proactive, ridiculous, funny, shameless and shameful. A worthy winner in every respect."
Just to refresh your memory:
So again, this is CP3 we're talking about.
I seriously doubt the Staples Center has installed any trapdoors, although it's possible Rubio is on his way to becoming a Jedi given the court vision he's displaying each and every time he steps onto the floor.
LeBron may be the one with the "king" moniker, but the crown still belongs to Paul when we're talking about flopping.
Your move, rest of the NBA.