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Breaking down the flop in the NBA

By John Rohde Published: October 20, 2012
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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “It's not good for the game. Nobody likes the flop. A majority of coaches don't like the flop, particularly if you're trying to build a solid defense.”

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant: “I like the rule. Shameless flopping, that's a chump move. We're familiar with it. (Former teammate) Vlade (Divac) kind of pioneered it in that playoff series against Shaq (O'Neal), and it kind of worked for him.”

New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace: “Hey, you all thought I was crazy for saying it over the last so-and-so years. I ain't even gonna get into it, but yes. They needed to bend on that.”

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau: “The game is in a very good place right now. You're always trying to improve it. I think it will be better. The flopping has gotten a little out of hand.”

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer: “(Lakers center) Dwight (Howard) is going to love that rule. Most of the big men are pretty finesse, but for us powerful guys like myself, Dwight, Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin, guys flop on us. To me, I think it helps our game. It's almost like a bailout. They flop and the possession is over as opposed to playing defense.”

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (a vice president of the players' union): “Obviously, flopping isn't a good thing for the game. The question is, how do you police it? Fining seems a bit extreme, to say the least. I don't think it will hold up. If it does, I'm curious what the collateral damage will be. It's too extreme in my opinion.”

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili: “It's going to be very hard to determine. Many times, it's an exaggeration of contact. That's not a flop. A flop is when there is not contact and not a foul. So we'll see how they explain it and how it works.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: “Other teams flop, we don't. That's just it in a nutshell. That's because we never played any (defense) before. But now we do.”