Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Shots have been fired! Indiana Pacers head coach, Frank Vogel, has declared open season on the Miami Heat, saying that LeBron James and company are the biggest flopping team in the NBA.

This seems to be nothing more than a tactic being used by a coach who knows he has the inferior team. The Pacers are putting something together and they have some nice pieces, but I feel that they’re just simply out-matched against the Miami heat. The Pacers lack superstar players and the Heat have two of those.

“Every drive to the basket, they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers,” Vogel said. 

Sometimes if you let the officials know before the game that you feel like a team does a certain thing (in this case Vogel is telling the world that he believes Miami flops) then maybe you’ll grab the attention of the NBA refs, and maybe they’ll look out for these things.

Dwyane Wade weighed in on Vogel’s comments, saying. “We really don’t get into going back and forth too much with what people say,” Wade said. “Everyone has their own opinion and they can use it whenever they want to, and that’s fine.”

“Flopping is a problem in this league,” Vogel said. “Miami certainly has some guys who do a lot of it. I just don’t think it’s good for the game in general.

“We’ve got the greatest athletes in the world. There’s nothing more exciting for our fans to see an athletic play made above the rim. When a defender’s intent is to fall down and hope for a whistle, I don’t think that’s good for the game. That was only my point.”

Stephen A. Smith said it best. The Pacers play tough, “old school” ball. They are not afraid to unleash hard fouls and sit players down on the hardwood. They’re long and play good team defense. But at the end of the day. The lack superstars, and superstars win championships.

 

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