"Some guys have been doing it for years, just trying to get an advantage," James said Monday, ahead of Tuesday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. "Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it."
At the moment, LeBron defending flopping is the same as defending his top teammate Dwayne Wade, who drew the ire of the Heat's Eastern Conference finals opponent, the Indiana Pacers, and the mockery of the internet, with this little move:
No foul was called on the play. Wade didn't own up to flopping, but he did give a verbal shrug to the general concept:
"It happens," Wade said. "We would have no NBA possibly if they got rid of all the flopping."
Flopping for fouls is a form of cheating that has no charm. Actually, we might be running low on fun ways to cheat in sports, but I still get a kick out of it when a pitcher tries to sneak some suspicious material onto the ball. The NBA does give out fines for flopping, but clearly they aren't big enough. Short suspensions for repeat offenders might be in order. The fact of the matter is that basketball is very hard to officiate, and the referees, for all the abuse they take, do a pretty great job. I'm sure the NBA could find a small team of flop-finding interns to watch basketball all day in search of floppers. Based on LeBron and Wade's comments, it's clearly rampant, but it doesn't have to be that way. The league just needs to try a little harder and be a little meaner.