With the World Cup taking center stage and the NBA Playoffs winding down, now is as good of a time as any to analyze a common bond that connects two of the best sports in the world:
You can debate about the merits and beginning of flopping. Some will argue that the influx of European players and the style they brought to the American game had a significant influence and changed the way basketball is played.
Some will argue that it was always a part of the game, dating back to the '60s and '70s. My personal favorite anecdote is when Mike Newlin flopped to get a charge called on Dave Cowens.
Furious, Cowens waited for the next play to charge Newlin from behind, plow into him and send him flying into the press table. He turned to the referee and screamed, "Now that's a f*****g foul!"
More than likely, it's a combination of both. The seeds of flopping were probably planted back in the old school game, and the Europeans (and their natural soccer instincts) perfected it.
Regardless of how it started, flopping is a part of the game. And some guys do it better than others.
So here are 10 guys that might have mastered the art a bit more than others.