"I flop on defense, your favorite player flops on offense," he said. "That’s the only difference. Especially in a game where the offense has nothing but the advantage, the defense has to do something to get the advantage back."
Smart is referencing the long leash offensive players get for the contact they initiate with defenders and the quick whistle defenses face if they commit a fraction of that physicality.
Of course, there are times when Smart has pushed the envelope a bit too far. Rachel Nichols asked him what he was thinking during an egregious flop against the Hawks during the 2016 playoffs, and Smart owned up to it.
"That's a flop. Let's get that straight, that's a flop, this was hilarious," Smart said. "I deserved everything that came my way after that."
In a league where players like James Harden try to bait referees with contact to get to the free throw line, Smart is trying to get the scales to tip a bit more in favor of defenses.
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Well, Perkins had to think about Irving during Monday's episode of ESPN's "The Jump," where host Rachel Nichols asked Perk for his reaction to Irving joining the NBA Players Association as its new Vice President.
The first teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary dropped Monday, and it looks like a must-watch for basketball fans.
In the trailer, KG tells a story about encountering NBA legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen at a gym in Chicago in 1995 and how that was where he found out he could enter the NBA Draft straight out of high school.
"We get in there, Mike Jordan in there. Scottie Pippen was in there," Garnett says.
"I jumped in, I tied my [shoes] up, and then Jordan was like 'let's go.' I just remember Pippen saying that I was too young to be out here ... and it was Isiah Thomas like, 'I saw you play Scottie Pippen, you could play in the league right now. And when he said that, the world stopped ... He said, 'Boy, do you know you can go to the league from high school?'"