A maneuver in which a player simulates a foul by intentionally falling backwards upon contact with an opposing player. It is most often done to draw a charging foul from an offensive player.
Flopping is typically considered unsportsmanlike behavior because its aim is to deceive an official into calling a foul. In 2008 the NBA implemented a rule stating that players who were caught flopping would be fined, and repeat offenders would be suspended.
However, some consider flopping an effective and/or crafty way of emphasizing a charging foul. By falling backwards upon contact, a player makes the charging foul obvious for the referees.