The NBA is doing its part to cut down on the flops with warnings and fines designed to dissuade players from embellishing contact to draw a foul.
But the rulings are not whistled on the floor, but rather assessed by league reviews after a game.
That’s where Golden State Warriors center David Lee comes in.
In Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Lee identified what he perceived to be a flop by Blake Griffin and reported it to the league — loud and clear through an on-court microphone. (Watch the video below and listen to crisper audio on Ball Don’t Lie here.)
Lee and Griffin got tangled up under the basket and Lee gave his opposing center a nudge, which sent Griffin a little further than he needed to go. Griffin responded by bumping Lee with his chest, prompting Lee to shout what numerous NBA centers have been holding back for two seasons: “Stop flopping!”
It certainly was not an egregious flop on Griffin’s part, but it’s the principle of the thing, and over the last couple years, Griffin has become notorious for embellishment. This is only the latest incident for a player who was called out by TNT’s Chris Webber and then labeled “an actor” by Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins for the “performance” below.
Griffin and Lee were both assessed technical fouls on the play, and it remains to be seen whether Lee will earn an “assistant to the regional manager” on flopping promotion for his efforts to clean up the game.
(H/T Ball Don’t Lie)