Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 1:02 pm  |  44 responses

Video: Lionel Hollins Says Chris Paul ‘Does a Good Job of Flopping’


The Los Angeles Clippers have become known for their flopping ways as much as their lobs this season — and it’s drawing harsh criticism during these Playoffs. Last night, Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins event went as far as to compliment Chris Paul’s ability to flop during an in-game interview.

(h/t: TBJ)

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  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Hollins is wrong…CP3 does a GREAT job of flopping.

  • AsadSaleh3

    He also does a good job of winning games for his teams. Which he is now doing against Hollins’ team.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Hollins might be under rating Paul’s flopping ability.


    “and you’re doing a great job of losing…..to me”

  • Charles

    Flop Flop City B.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    he is not lying. the rediculous flopping is the only thing i don’t like about the clips. other than that it’s joy to watch them, they look ac milan some times though

  • LA Huey

    co-sign M Cho and Asad.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    @ Spit Hot Fiyah… The only thing the Clips dont like about you is your spelling of the word ridiculous! So there, you guys are even!

  • jamaal87

    Like Jeff Van Gundy has said before, they should find away to fine/penalize flopping…would be tough though.

  • DruNyce

    Man… so many floppin’ stars in the NBA. It’s frustrating to watch. The league/refs need to stop rewarding these Oscar nominees.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I like how the refs at the Lakers/Nuggets game the other night handled Gallo’s blatant flopping. Man up and play through it. CP is the master at running into a hedging big’s legs and crashing to the floor in “agony”, only to spring back up after the call. Or even better, dribbling in front of running big and as soon as there is contact, taking a dive. Or last night, when he inadvertently gets poked in the eye and play continues for a few seconds, but he stops and travels, holding his eye and the stupid zebra has to call the foul. He could easily have passed the ball. Great player – leave the flopping for the birds who need it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    You can’t fine flopping, just don’t call the foul. If people flop and don’t get the call, they’ll learn to stop.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He is quiiiite the flopper.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Gallinari might lead the league in flops per game. that sh!t was just embarrassing at the end of game 4… His nickname should be Vincent Gallo ’cause he’s such a good actor.

  • Treshiq

    @ Nick tha Quick.. as a Nuggets fan i absolutely applauded that decision. I was so pissed that Gallo stayed on the ground to “follow through” with that flop. you’re playing againts MEN.big MEN…STRONG BIG MEN… you cant go down like that in hopes for a call while your offensive possesion struggled. I think that was where we COMPLETELY lost the game the other night. That flop and lack of hustle in exchange for a whistle. Disgust me!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Cosign the hell out of dfrance. Don’t reward the flopping then they will realize that they should stop.

  • bike

    The instant a player flops, the opposing player should also flop; thereby creating a brief moment of confusion.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Gallinari’s flops at the end of Gm4 was the reason why DEN lost.

  • LP

    the floppin got out of control last night, Blake almost dies everytime he is fouled…They should stop…CP3 does flop, but thats the only bad thing that he does, ill let it slide.

  • LA Huey

    “Flop so hard, mother fackers wanna fine me”

  • Treshiq

    @ JTAylor…absolutely…I saw it slipping away with that ridiculousness. Man, it was pathetic!

  • Treshiq

    oh and oh andI beleive blowing a 20 pt something lead in gm1 was the demise of this series. NO way should the Clips be up 3-1…in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM..>this is an absolutely fabulous talented team in Memp. The clips have a brilliant basketball mind in CP3 and NOT much else. Jordan and Blake are so lost at thier post positions that if dunking were removed from the league tomorrow they’d have no job. They are offensively gifted and thier only plays are mainly off “lobs”…I’m enjoying the Clippers leading this series. It’s exciting for Clippers fans…but for a Grizz team that knocked out the number 1 seed last seasn, had us sllepy at work with thier too the SECOND overtimes; this is unacceptable. Coach needs to hush.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @kholiday if that is the only thing they don’t like about me i guess i’m in pretty good shape

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    While we’re at it, who makes the All Flopper First Team this year with the Team Award already out of contention?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    No one’s seen Buffalo 66? =(

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3TInoIE5hg LakeShow

    Bosh from last years playoffs is still too fresh in my mind for him not to be team captain. Blake is co-captain. Reggie Evans and Big Baby Davis. Don’t forget about this guy(click my name), he’s way to infamous to not make the team.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    LOL @ that guy flopping! Epic fail thanks Lake lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @Lake I see that The Machine gets no love around here. Neither does Tyrus Thomas.

  • LA Huey

    The Heat would like to submit the entry of LeBron James Jones onto the 2012 All-Flopper 1st Team. Just combine JJ and LBJ’s feats as one player.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    D Fisher has to be in the flopping HOF

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    1. Fish
    2. Sasha
    3. Gallo
    4. Griffin
    5. ?
    Off the bench: Reggie Evans.
    Old Timers: Vlade Divac, Reggie Miller

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Add Baby to the Off the Bench category. Chris Paul would start, but Fish is a Jedi master at flopping. Paul is a mere Jedi Knight.
    I’d say Paul has more flops though, due to his playing time. So it’s a toss…

  • http://www.slamonline.com king

    if the refs keep falling for it the players are only going to flop more

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ LA Huey Totally forgot about James Jones. Honorable mentions: Brian Cook, Ginobili, undersized Rockets center (too lazy to look him up).

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow


  • everynowhere

    there should be a 4th ref whose job is to look at replays for all fouls in the game. during the timeouts he tells the other refs who has been flopping. the refs then tell the coach and player who flopped that they committed a flop and one more will lead to ejection. 1st flop = personal foul. 2nd flop = ejection. This would eliminate the flopping problem.

  • LA Huey

    I don’t think flops should be punished during the course of the game. I think it’s better to retroactively assess a technical.

  • Sarah

    He certainly does. Say what you want about Manu’s talent for exaggerating for a call, but in 10 years of watching him play I can’t remember ever seeing him snap his head back or flail his arms when NO ONE touched him. Can’t say the same for Chris.

  • Drig

    CP3, Harden, Gallo, Griffin, Reggie Evans.

    Bench : Fisher, Sasha

    That’s the best flopping team I’ve seen many a game of so far. I haven’t seen many East games though.

  • Jerome

    @Drig: I hope you’re not talking about the 7 game elbow, when mentioning Harden. If so you have no idea what you’re floppin’ about.

  • BBaller

    Flopping sucks, faking fouls is why i cannot watch soccer anymore. Please don’t let it ruin BBall.Harsh penalties for offenders!!!

  • Mike Mihalow

    Chris Paul is currently the biggest flopper in the game.

  • vtrobot

    @ Teddy: I see you. Vincent Gallo-nari. Ha ha. That’s a great flick. Definitely needs to be watched a couple times to appreciate it. Just like Road House, if it’s got Ben Gazzara in it, you know it’s $$$$$.

  • G

    One of these days a playoff game-changing foul will be called on a play where the replay shows a player only pretended to be fouled. Or someday Griffin will intentionally throw himself backwards as he tries to fool a ref, right into somebody’s knee. Maybe then the NBA will do something about flopping, which is now ingrained in the Clippers culture. Recently Chris Paul was called for a technical for complaining about a no-call on one of his flops. Replay showed there was no foul. I wonder if the Clippers practice flopping.