Flop of the Night: Derek Fisher

April, 2, 2012
Mason By Beckley Mason
HoopIdea wants to #StopTheFlop. To spotlight the biggest fakers, we present Flop of the Night. You can help us separate the pretenders from the defenders – details below:

There were a few worthy candidates from the weekend action, but none more deserving than Flopper Emeritus Derek Fisher, who unsuccessfully attempted his patented “stop and flop” maneuver against Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls. (A big thanks to @netw3rk for pointing this “vintage Fisher flop” on Twitter.)

Here it is: a classic example of Fisher’s finding an unsuspecting big man jogging down court and then getting in his way and falling over.

Fisher is a fireplug capable of jamming Gibson and making it tougher for him to get to the post. But that’s not the plan here, the only goal is to draw a cheap foul 40 feet from the ball by falling over.

Instead there is no call, so Fisher scrambles to his feet and, in a moment of confusion, doubles Taj Gibson off the ball before realizing he should probably go find Kyle Korver.

As Zach Harper points out, the best part here is Fisher’s reaction to the no call, which is an awkward, somewhat ashamed attempt to make it look like he was trying to actually guard Gibson in the first place.
When you see an egregious flop that deserves proper recognition, send us a link to the video so we can consider it for Flop of the Night. Here's how to make your submission:
  • Alert HoopIdea to super flops with the Twitter hashtag #FlopOfTheNight (follow us on Twitter here).
  • Use the #FlopOfTheNight hashtag in Daily Dime Live.
  • E-mail us at hoopidea@gmail.com
Beckley Mason is an NBA contributor for ESPN.com.



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