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Marcus Smart defends flopping, "I flop on defense, your favorite player flops on offense"

Marcus Smart defends flopping, "I flop on defense, your favorite player flops on offense"

Marcus Smart is fighting the good fight. 

Known for his superb defense and habit of making winning plays in the biggest games by those who watch him most, Smart has also developed a reputation as a flopper by his detractors. 

When Smart joined ESPN's The Jump Monday, he spoke about Team USA, last year's dysfunction and, most importantly, Weird Celtics Twitter. But he also set the record straight on flopping in the NBA. 

"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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Watch Kendrick Perkins' ruthless reaction to Kyrie Irving landing NBPA VP job

Watch Kendrick Perkins' ruthless reaction to Kyrie Irving landing NBPA VP job

In case you haven't gathered, Kendrick Perkins isn't a fan of Kyrie Irving.

The former Celtics big man has criticized Irving for how the All-Star guard handled himself in Boston and admitted on a recent NBC Sports Boston broadcast that "every time I think of that guy, I want to throw up."

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.

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Here's how that went:

 

"What? Who?" Perkins replied with surprise. "Oh, I’m so glad I’m retired. ... I’m so glad I’m out the league. That’s all I got to say.

"Because I’m going to tell you: That’s the blind leading the blind."

Perk's vendetta against Kyrie continues.

As Nichols pointed out, Irving won a vote to replace Pau Gasol as an NBA VP (joining Jaylen Brown, which should be interesting), so he clearly has the respect of some of his peers.

But Perkins clearly isn't among them, and many Celtics fans likely are on his side.

Here's Kyrie's reaction to his nomination in his own words:

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Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

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?'"

Watch below (video contains explicit language):

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Knowing how great of a storyteller Garnett is, this documentary definitely won't lack in entertainment value.

The last couple of weeks certainly have been notable for KG. On Feb. 13, the Celtics revealed they will retire his No. 5 jersey. The following day, Garnett was named as a finalist for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Showtime's Garnett documentary is set for a Fall 2020 release.