Flopping, A National Epidemic
I am not sure how it spreads; whether through person-to-person contact, somehow through bodily fluids, or if it has become airborne, but flopping has certainly become a far too pervasive disease, throughout our country. It has most recently made a strong sighting in the most Southeastern part of the nation and seems to be extremely prevalent, in that area.
Okay, enough with the scientific dialogue and onto the facts of the matter. Flopping has become a huge part of basketball, college and professional alike, and it is a mockery of the sport and a complete degradation to all who have played before. The seriousness of this matter cannot be undermined and until the NBA starts “cracking down” on this, it will continue to plague the integrity of the game. The NBA finds reasons to fine guys or suspend them for about everything they possibly can and in light of the recent actions of Metta World Peace, I certainly do not disagree with all of them. However, to watch these “superstars” and so-called “role-models” exaggerate the smallest contact to make it seem as if they were hit by a truck really does not set the right example, now does it?
Flopping is something I have seen for a long time now, but not in this country. I am not sure exactly for the reasoning behind the start of the Revolutionary War; I do know about “taxation without representation” and the Boston Tea Party, but I am pretty sure that part of it may have been to escape the infectious disease we now know as Flopping, which seems to be completely embedded into European culture.
Now, I am not one who is against soccer, or thinks it isn’t a tough sport. I actually like soccer a lot and find no greater joy in sports than when the World Cup comes around, every four years. However, soccer has adopted an embarrassing culture where flopping seems to be more than accepted and is one of the many reasons I believe the sport is not appreciated, in our country. Especially, as an Italian-American who tends to root for the Italian National team, (after the U.S., of course) they seem to be at the forefront of these actions and there is nothing more disheartening as a fan, than to watch your team embellish fouls and really embarrass themselves, in doing so.
I think our country holds ourselves to a higher standard than that. I was not there, but have seen countless old game tapes and highlights, but do not ever recall ever seeing Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, or any other NBA great flopping as I have witnessed throughout this year. Yes, I really, strongly dislike Lebron James and that is about as nicely as I can put it.
The self-anointed “King” only has similarities to one other “king,” I can think of and if you watch the HBO Series, “Game of Thrones” there is one particular blonde-headed adolescent that comes to mind, right away. Lebron, like Joffrey is at the forefront of his nation and continues to humiliate himself, with his actions. Flopping is not solely Lebron’s fault, by any means, but for someone who will most likely be the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, his actions take greater force than others.
In my childhood, I watched Michael Jordan and wanted to emulate everything he did. When I was sick, I would tell my mom I could play because Jordan did it, and yes I may have stuck my tongue out when driving to the lane, one time or another. I had his shoes, his jersey, and tried as hard as I could to dunk from the foul line, but came up “just short.”
What do kids of this generation try to imitate? Do they start flying out of bounds after barely being touched near the sidelines? Are they prone to fake injuries to get a foul call, like they do so frequently “across the pond.”? Should we just start to accept our country acting in this way, competing with no integrity? It seems like Spain, Italy, and Greece are doing just fine. (Sarcasm)
In 2008, the NBA announced there would fines imposed on those for “clear-cut” flopping. Hey David Stern, its 2012 buddy.
I propose you put Jeff Van Gundy in charge of a committee known as the “NBA Integrity Committee” that overview plays in which they deem may or may not negatively affect the “image” of the NBA. i.e Flopping.
Fine them, suspend them, put them in “timeout”, I really do not care, but something needs to be done to put an end to this disgrace.