Skip navigation
Favorites
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

LeBron flops twice on the same play vs. Pistons (VIDEO)

BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

LeBron James of the Miami Heat closes his eyes momentarily before the start of play following a timeout against the San Antonio Spurs during game 5 of the NBA finals on June 16, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas., where the Spurs defeated the Heat 114-104 and now lead the series 3-2. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

AFP/Getty Images

LeBron James is built like a tank, but when trying to defend a slightly taller and perhaps equally-strong Greg Monroe in the post, things can get a bit physical.

This play actually was a real battle for position, it’s just that the contact that was made likely wasn’t enough to send LeBron flying to the floor the way he did. And it certainly wasn’t enough to warrant the first flop he performed before going down.

Again, there was real contact here, and James did get a small shot to the chin (which, obviously, is easy for me to say). But the league sees plays like this as follows:

“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.

By that definition, a warning should be on the way from the league office.

[via For The Win]