Flopping is infuriating because it’s a grownup version of the kid crying to his parents to get his brother in trouble. It’s a total abdication of toughness, a roll-over-and-play-dead mentality designed to gain sympathy, not intimidate. And it requires no skill whatsoever.
Now, Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks and perennial thorn in the NBA’s side, has decided to take a closer look at flopping in connection with biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University.
Cuban’s Radical Hoops Ltd. has awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund an 18-month study of flopping in basketball, soccer and other sports.”