More Flopping Than Skill? How The NBA Has Changed Throughout The Years

May 5th, 2010 by Christopher Adams Leave a reply »
As NBA teams continue their quest through the 2010 NBA playoffs, one can't help but notice how much the game has changed.

NBA games have turned into a battle of who can draw the foul. Underlying this concept is the "flop."

The "art" of flopping has been around since basketball's existence, but has undoubtedly become more prevalent in the past 20 years. Manu Ginobili, Reggie Miller, Robert Horry, Dennis Rodman, Vlade Divac, Raja Bell, and many other noteable players have contributed to the flop's emergence.

The flop is defined as a player's ability to draw a foul upon the opposing team with a dramatic, over-acted fall, trip, lunge, jump, leap, etc.

In layman's terms, it is dramatic acting designed to deceive an official.

Notice the word acting . To incorporate this term with basketball is to go against basketball's foundation that NBA players are in the league because of their skill and not their acting ability.

So here's the question: Do NBA players focus more on the flop, and drawing fake fouls, than they do on their actual talents?

There is no right answer to this question, as not all players ...

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