There was something missing from the Portland Trail Blazers this year. It was evident late in games: There was nobody driving to the basket and getting to the free-throw line. There were no arms flailing, no screams reaching the rafters as the ball sailed aimlessly overhead.
There was no Brandon Roy.
As the NBA’s unabated flopping continues to run rampant through the league, those around the game are finally starting to speak up.
Phil Taylor touched on it in Sports Illustrated. Shane Battier’s in favor. And Jeff Van Gundy is the movement’s leader.
While watching the playoffs, it’s clear to see players faking their way into calls is getting out of control. It’s so bad we’ve reached the point where both players involved in “collisions” are trying to sell the call.
Portland fans should be proud. Sure, the Blazers aren’t in the playoffs. But fans in the Rose Garden weren’t subject to watching players take dives game in and game out this season.
That wasn’t the case from 2006-11.