Found May 10, 2012 on
5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
The Los Angeles Clippers went from mediocre to an instant playoff contender after the arrival of Chris Paul back in December of 2011. Their young star, Blake Griffin, dubbed themselves as “Lob City”, which was fitting to their style of play.
With the Clippers currently playing the Grizzlies in the 1st-round of the NBA Playoffs, the young Clippers team have been engaging in the most distasteful act in any sport. What may this be? The act of flopping to sell a call. Their athletic forward in Blake Griffin has become the most habitual flopper as of late. Even Griffin himself states that he has included that move into his short arsenal of moves (the other being dunking). In a post by ESPN, Blake Griffin was quoted as saying:
You never know what one play can do, so you’re making sure you’re getting every possession you can.
Another Clippers player, Reggie Evans said:
If you can sell a call and get away with it, why not do it? It’s all part of the game.
Admitting to flopping is just disgraceful to any sport in general. Once or twice every other month or two is fine, but this young Clippers team is making a habit of engaging in flopping every single game. A little hand to the face when contesting a shot becomes an overly exaggerated theatrical move that could go for a Best Actor’s award.
Perhaps the NBA’s most notorious floppers in Vlade Divac and Derek Fisher are giving them some pointers. On the other side, if the Clippers do end up beating the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, they will then face the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have a pretty good flopper who can out-flop the entire Clippers team. His name? Manu Ginobili.
The Clippers should not just rely on flopping to get calls. If they do proceed to get deeper into the NBA Playoffs, they will see that the referees are going to let the teams play some good, hard basketball.
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LOS ANGELES– In the Battle for Los Angeles, both the Clippers and the Lakers are falling to their knees at the same time.
Each team should be done by now having had their prey one game away from elimination.
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Los Angeles Clippers center Blake Griffin has been bruised and battered in his first round series with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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