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Pierce, and Terry kings of the head whip?

Posted by shawn cassidy on October 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM


ESPN has setup a  HoopIdea Guide to Flops.


4. Head whip

Often occurs in ball screens but can also happen off the ball. Player A is coming around a screen and gets contact (legal or otherwise) in the hip or legs but throws his head back as though from a blow at the shoulders or higher.

Paul Pierce

Jason Terry

Derrick Rose



If you checkout this entire guide, it's obvious that ESPN feels that Paul Pierce is the biggest flopper in the NBA. He hits four categories, but I guess they put Chris Paul in five categories so maybe not all is lost, and Wade in just three. Lebron was in one category.



10. Last resort

When a player flops because it’s the only alternative to turning the ball over. Often occurs near the sideline and against traps.



James is a big flopper, but as you see on ESPN's homepage. They have a photo of Pierce falling down due to a James push off. Pierce is guilty of flopping, but James is a flopper, and he needs called out on that.






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6 Comments

Reply paul
7:48 AM on October 13, 2012 
This seems to be part of ESPN's apparent anti-Celtic bias. We represent an approach to the game that they don't want to sell. Take away flopping and you take away players' ability to resist smashball. It puts players totally at the mercy of the refs. It puts a premium on size and brutality. But most of all, it means that refs get to decide who succeeds and who fails. We all know that there is contact on every play. Now the refs have free reign to decide who gets to play with impunity and who gets hacked with impunity.

Expect the Heat and Lakers to play with impunity. It's now more important than ever that Doc and Danny speak up when they see bad officiating.
Reply Morena
10:23 AM on October 13, 2012 
There's one thing that scares me with all this no-flopping rules:
Last year, other teams hacked Rondo in the paint and the refs didn't make a call.
This year they have to: either it's a foul, or Rondo is flopping.
Which one of the two will they choose??
Reply paul
10:30 AM on October 13, 2012 
All I know is Doc better get thrown out of some games this year.
Reply Morena
10:39 AM on October 13, 2012 
paul says...
All I know is Doc better get thrown out of some games this year.

Yeah, he said he wants Rondo to improve his floor leadership so he can stay sit on the bench.
I think he will need Rondo leadership because he will get thrown out of the game.
I think Doc will have his back!!
Reply Franklin
10:48 AM on October 13, 2012 
Morena says...
There's one thing that scares me with all this no-flopping rules:
Last year, other teams hacked Rondo in the paint and the refs didn't make a call.
This year they have to: either it's a foul, or Rondo is flopping.
Which one of the two will they choose??


Will need to see how Lebron James on this, he acts like he gets shot in the back. He's the worst. So the league hopefully calls it fair.
Reply paul
10:59 AM on October 13, 2012 
Regardless of how the league calls it, the rule is ridiculous and will degrade the game, I think.

And we shouldn't wait to see how they call it before we call it out. We have a right and duty to 'call it' too, that's the thing.