My mom noticed an online article about “flopping” the other day. She wasn’t familiar with the term and asked me what it meant, so here goes.
Dear, Mom. “Flopping” is the intentional act of drawing contact in an effort to sway an official’s call in favor of the defensive player. In that sense, it’s like a charge light, or rather a charge that wasn’t meant to be, until of course, the referee blows his whistle.
NBA flopping cartoon“Flopping” is a term that’s relatively new to the world of basketball, its actual origin unknown (most likely soccer). It should be noted, however, that the act itself has been going on in the league for years. These days, for some reason, we just happen to be exponentially more offended when it happens.