LeBron says “flopping is not even a bad thing” | LeBron & David West’s Double Flop
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How well has the NBA’s anti-flopping policy worked this season?
That was the question that Ken Berger of the NBA Insider asked LeBron James at practice between Games 3 and 4.
Here is Jame’s shocking answer.
“It hasn’t been a problem for many guys at all,” James said. “I don’t really pay too much attention to it. I think it’s been good, I guess.”
And since we’re guessing here, I guess LeBron was talking about the policy itself, not the fact that it has proved to be woefully ineffective at stopping the bane of basketball, the trickery and foolishness that are ruining the games.
“It’s year one, so you’re not just going to go cold turkey,” James said. “Guys have been accustomed to doing it for years, and it’s not even a bad thing. You’re just trying to get the advantage. Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it.”
Berger said “he was floored” by the response. “The biggest star, the most recognizable face of the NBA says flopping is not even a bad thing.”
When Berger approached Wade with the same question, he was hit with another surprising answer.
“Um, I don’t know, I don’t want to get into all that,” Wade said, before pausing for a couple of seconds. “I don’t want to get into it.”
“It happens,” Wade said. “But we would have no NBA possibly if they got rid of all the flopping.”
Last Spring, Pacer’s coach Frank Vogel was fined $15k for calling the Heat “The biggest flopping team in the league” so when he was asked the same question, his safe answer was “I think it’s well documented, I’m not for flopping.”
His answer may not hurt his pockets this time but the topic might hurt his chances of advancing to the NBA Finals.
Source: CBS Sports