The Toronto Raptors are heading to Game 4 looking to even the score after they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 Saturday night. The results of the game were ugly for Cleveland, as Toronto came out with more energy and was more physical. But above the result of the game, there were two plays by LeBron James that took over social media. In the second quarter, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was called for a foul when the ref thought he pushed LeBron James in his back. Upon further review, he really did not push LeBron at all. In fact, LeBron exaggerated and fooled the ref into thinking that was a foul. He just sold it with the act of flopping. This one created a little buzz on social media, but the one to follow was the one that had social media buzzing. Late in the second quarter, Raptors center Bismack Biyombo and Cavaliers center Tristian Thompson got into an argument after Thompson bumped Biyombo following his foul on Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Both were being separated when LeBron got hit by his own teammate with an elbow, but the refs thought it was DeMarre Carroll of the Raptors that hit him. Carroll was assessed a technical foul, which was later rescinded because the refs saw the video. But what caught everyone’s attention is how LeBron reacted to the elbow he received. He did get hit with the elbow of Thompson and of course it probably hurt. But the fall was viewed as a little dramatic for most people’s taste. And of course everyone was all over him about it. Social media was ablaze, talking about LeBron and his flops.
Let me first say that I hate flopping. I wish it would go away. I don’t care who does it, I do not like it. But what I also don’t like is the hypocritical way that it is viewed. There were tons and tons of people that went on and on about how it was horrible that he did so and that he is the worst about flopping. But how quickly some forget that flopping has been going on for years. LeBron isn’t the first to do so and he isn’t the last. Dennis Rodman was a great defender and he flopped as well. Need a reminder of his flopping, let me show you this:
When I brought up the subject about Rodman flopping and exaggerating back in his day compared to what LeBron does, immediately there were some that went on the defense. The funniest thing I read was that contact was tougher back in the day than it is now. Of course contact was probably tougher, but that performance by Rodman there was not one of extreme contact at all. And anyone that can tell me that is not being honest with themselves. But because it was back 20 years ago, that apparently makes it ok.
This type of thinking is quite honestly the most hypocritical thinking of all. Flopping has been going on since the days of Vlade Divac and will be here forever. Some don’t like it and I get it. I don’t like it either, But whether folks want to acknowledge it or not, it has been around and was bad back 20 years ago too. Those that don’t like the flopping all the way around are the people that are being truly honest with themselves and everyone else. And I can respect that. But the people that are picking and choosing what flop they don’t call people out on are quite interesting to have a sports conversation with. And while it is understood that he is one of the faces of the NBA and is under a microscope, that does not mean that other flops should get ignored while exploiting his. In fact, ……………… (to read the complete article – click on link | http://ow.ly/uieF300tOfJ)
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