Friday, October 12, 2012
The HoopIdea Guide to Flops
By Beckley Mason
Using a variety of moves, Chris Paul is one of the biggest floppers in the game. See for yourself.
Now that the NBA is in the business of identifying flops, it's time to acknowledge that not all flops are created equal.
So we’re putting names on the different kinds of flops -- and naming names, too.
You can help us identify all the varieties out there and who the worst offenders (and defenders) are.
Below we’ve gotten started by identifying 24 types of flopping.
You can add your thoughts by clicking on the links in each box.
1. Backdown boogie
A classic of the Vlade Divac tradition. First the post defender takes one hard bump to establish he won’t just go down on any contact. On the second bump, Player B flies back like Gary Oldman when he gets his ’chute pulled by Harrison Ford in "Air Force One."
4. Head whip Often occurs in ball screens but can also happen off the ball. Player A is coming around a screen and gets contact (legal or otherwise) in the hip or legs but throws his head back as though from a blow at the shoulders or higher.
6. Body-seeking missile A favorite of Derek Fisher, this is when a player drives directly at a defender and then just throws the ball up with no real hope of making the shot. The bucket isn't the goal ... the contact is.
12. Lock and flail
Player A pins Player B’s arm at his side. When Player B muscles free, Player A throws his arms up, rocking backward as if shoved. A favorite of big men in the post, who often finish the move with an indignant "how can you not call that?" glare at the refs.
17. Push-off flop
Player A and Player B spar off the ball as Player A waits to sprint off a screen. As is typical, both players use hands to do a bit of holding. When Player A makes his move, with one last departing shove, Player B initiates a Shakespearean death scene.
19. Pass and crash When a player “takes a charge” by stepping in to absorb contact from a ball handler who has already released the pass and is trying to get out of the way. Should be distinguished from a passer who just trucks the help defender.
23. Flailing drive
A signature play of stars like Dirk Nowitzki, Danilo Gallinari and Paul Pierce. Their size, awkward style and reactions can create the illusion of contact on their drives, or exaggerate actual contact. Can be combined with the Starfish.