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One of the most discussed instances during the game of basketball is no doubt, the flop. In basketball, a flop is an intentional fall by a player after little or no physical contact by an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call by an official against the opponent.The move is sometimes called acting, as in “acting as if he was fouled”. Because it is inherently designed to deceive the official, flopping is generally considered to be unsportsmanlike. Nonetheless, it is widely practiced and even perfected by many professional players.
Flopping effectively is not easy to do, primarily because drawing contact can sometimes result in the opposite effect—a foul called on the defensive player—when too much contact is drawn or if the player has not positioned himself perfectly. Additionally, even if no foul is called on either player, by falling to the floor, the flopping defensive player will have taken himself out of position to provide any further defensive opposition on the play, thus potentially allowing the offense to score easily. To consistently draw offensive fouls on opponents takes good body control and a great deal of practice. Players generally become better at flopping as their careers progress.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) added a rule in 1997 to cut down on flopping near the basket, adding a 4-foot (1.22 meter) “dotted line area” around the center of the basket to help prevent flops. Such flops are charged as blocking fouls or no-calls.

Here is a video with some funny NBA flops.

In the 2012–13 season, the league began fining guilty players.
As of June 14, 2013, eight players had been fined for flopping during the playoffs: Pacers’ Jeff Pendergraph, Thunder’s Derek Fisher, Knicks’ J. R. Smith, Grizzlies’ Tony Allen, Heat’s LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Pacers’ David West and Lance Stephenson. Stern said that the amount of the fines were insufficient “when the average player’s salary is $5.5 million. And anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason. Some famous NBA floppers are :  Chris Bosh, Lebron James , Derek Fisher .

In May 2012, Commissioner David Stern reiterated that flopping is a legitimate concern. Fines for flopping were introduced the following season. On November 21, 2012, Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans became the first NBA player to be fined for flopping. After having been warned for a previous offense, the NBA league office identified an instance of flopping on Evans in the Nets’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on November 20, 2012. Evans was fined $5,000. The rate of violations slowed as the season progressed, an indication that players realized the rule was being enforced. There were 24 violations during that regular season, with five players receiving the $5,000 fine for a second offense.One of the most discussed instances during the game of basketball is no doubt the flop. In basketball, a flop is an intentional fall by a player after little or no physical contact by an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call by an official against the opponent. The move is sometimes called acting, as in “acting as if he was fouled”. Because it is inherently designed to deceive the official, flopping is generally considered to be unsportsmanlike. Nonetheless, it is widely practiced and even perfected by many professional players.

 

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