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What is Flop?

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.

Sporting Charts explains Flopping

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.

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