Who popularized flopping in the NBA?

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Flopping

Manu Ginobili
38
26%
Derek Fisher
7
5%
Chris Paul
7
5%
Vlade Divac
46
32%
Dwyane Wade
3
2%
Lebron James
21
15%
Reggie Miller
7
5%
Other (comment)
8
6%
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7
5%
 
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Who popularized flopping in the NBA? 

Post#1 » by walk with me » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:02 pm

Vote... having a discussion with a friend and trying to figure out who really popularized flopping in the NBA.
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Re: Who popularized flopping in the NBA? 

Post#2 » by Lord Eder » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:03 pm

Divac came first to mind, but I’m sure it goes further than that
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Post#3 » by Freighttrain » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:03 pm

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Post#4 » by walk with me » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:04 pm

Damn I wanted to add CP3 in... can a mod fix that for me?

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Post#5 » by MPM » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:06 pm

The origins of flopping go all the way back to the flip flop culture of the late 70’s/early 80’s with pioneers like Grandmaster Crash
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Post#6 » by BK_2020 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:07 pm

Joel Embiid
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Post#7 » by Richard Miller » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:14 pm

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Post#8 » by red96 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:20 pm

Vlade was the 1st I can remember, but Gino took it to the next level.
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Post#9 » by Goudelock » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:20 pm

Derek Fisher deserves to be on this list.
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Post#10 » by Soulyss » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:26 pm

Lord Eder wrote:Divac came first to mind, but I’m sure it goes further than that


Divac popularized it, Manu perfected it.
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Post#11 » by KGtabake » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:27 pm

Rodman. As part of getting into the head of his matchup.
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Post#12 » by BadWolf » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:27 pm

Many of Ginobilis did this.
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Post#13 » by The Explorer » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:28 pm

To answer the question directly, Ginobili popularized flopping like nobody before him nor after him.
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Re: Who popularized flopping in the NBA? 

Post#14 » by scrabbarista » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:32 pm

As a child of the 90's, Divac, Stockton, Reggie Miller, and Rodman come to mind first. Karl Malone also flopped.

It's been around for a long time, but I don't think guys were making it an essential part of their game in a widespread way until maybe Harden.

Also, shout out to that period when "LeBronning" was a thing.

So, yeah. I remember a bunch of dudes from the 90's who flopped a lot. If you're saying Manu, then you're either too young, weren't paying attention, or have forgotten.

And I only started watching in like 1991, so for all I know, there were some famous floppers before the names I listed.
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Post#15 » by RapZilla » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:35 pm

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Re: Who popularized flopping in the NBA? 

Post#16 » by MoMan24 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:38 pm

scrabbarista wrote:As a child of the 90's, Divac, Stockton, Reggie Miller, and Rodman come to mind first. Karl Malone also flopped.

It's been around for a long time, but I don't think guys were making it an essential part of their game in a widespread way until maybe Harden.

Also, shout out to that period when "LeBronning" was a thing.

So, yeah. I remember a bunch of dudes from the 90's who flopped a lot. If you're saying Manu, then you're either too young, weren't paying attention, or have forgotten.

And I only started watching in like 1991, so for all I know, there were some famous floppers before the names I listed.

What is "LeBronning"?
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Post#17 » by scrabbarista » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:41 pm

MoMan24 wrote:
scrabbarista wrote:As a child of the 90's, Divac, Stockton, Reggie Miller, and Rodman come to mind first. Karl Malone also flopped.

It's been around for a long time, but I don't think guys were making it an essential part of their game in a widespread way until maybe Harden.

Also, shout out to that period when "LeBronning" was a thing.

So, yeah. I remember a bunch of dudes from the 90's who flopped a lot. If you're saying Manu, then you're either too young, weren't paying attention, or have forgotten.

And I only started watching in like 1991, so for all I know, there were some famous floppers before the names I listed.

What is "LeBronning"?


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lebronning
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Re: Who popularized flopping in the NBA? 

Post#18 » by og15 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:43 pm

Who popularized it for the modern day? I'd say the Spurs, Manu most prominently and this is not said in n a derogatory way, but the Spurs had one of the more recent (last 20 years) teams that won a lot while having some contact embelishers on their team (Manu, Oberto, Bowen, Parker a bit too). Guys on teams losing to them look at that and say, "hmm, it seems to work out".

Then other guys moved it on of course, and while it's always hard to pin point something like that to just one source, I'd say they were the catalyst.

Of course it's been a build up, guys were flopping since the inception of the game, we also previously had less immediately accessible media to watch every flopping clip and compile them like we have in our YouTube era. Frank Ramsey was making a living out of it and "wrote the book" literally on the art of ref deception, and there have always been floppers, more than many realized or noticed with less media exposure.

I would say the Spurs helped to "popularize" it for the current generation of players though, because they were the ones winning with noticeable floppers, and some guys took that as "this works".
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Re: Who popularized flopping in the NBA? 

Post#19 » by scrabbarista » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:44 pm

scrabbarista wrote:
MoMan24 wrote:
scrabbarista wrote:As a child of the 90's, Divac, Stockton, Reggie Miller, and Rodman come to mind first. Karl Malone also flopped.

It's been around for a long time, but I don't think guys were making it an essential part of their game in a widespread way until maybe Harden.

Also, shout out to that period when "LeBronning" was a thing.

So, yeah. I remember a bunch of dudes from the 90's who flopped a lot. If you're saying Manu, then you're either too young, weren't paying attention, or have forgotten.

And I only started watching in like 1991, so for all I know, there were some famous floppers before the names I listed.

What is "LeBronning"?


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lebronning


Apparently, it was spelled with one "n," which kind of shows the level of... never mind.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lebroning&sp=CAM%253D
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Re: Who popularized flopping in the NBA? 

Post#20 » by dirkforpres » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:45 pm

Steve Nash
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