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The art of the flop

Patrick Hruby salutes all the students in the NBA's school of flopping -- the least-appreciated actors in the world.

Updated: March 3, 2006, 3:17 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby | Page 2

If the NBA wants to spruce up All-Star Weekend -- and judging by sagging ratings, a little sprucing is overdue -- two moves are in order.

Dump the dunk contest.

Add a flop-off.

Operatic, halfway-to-Valhalla howls. Exaggerated, banana-peel pratfalls. Contrived, yet compelling competition. With the Oscars upon us, it's time to give basketball's master thespians their due. Year after disappointing year, the dunk contest promises an "American Idol"-esque exhibition; ...

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