Nearly everybody does it. Flopping, that is.
Soccer, famously known for its players taking phantom dives to get calls, has nothing on the NBA anymore.
"We have seen throughout these playoffs some outstanding acting by our top-notch players," color commentator Reggie Miller said during the last postseason.
Takes one to know one. Miller, in his time, was one of the league's best floppers.
"The master speaking," play-by-play analyst Marv Albert said, taking a playful dig at Miller.
In 2008, the NBA threatened to fine players for theatrical flopping, but little, if any punishment, has been doled out.
This week, we will rank the NBA's current top 10 floppers.
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Flop ranking: 10th
Current team:Orlando Magic
Height/weight: 6-10, 220
Age on March 19, 2011: 32
Seasons in NBA: 11.
What makes him a noted flopper: Well, Turk did grow up playing soccer, so he had a built-in edge. He does a beautiful job when he draws contact --- even the least bit of contact --- complete with great facial expressions, contortions and wild hand gestures to the refs. With the ball or without it, Turk can be an equal opportunity flopper.
Best Hollywood movie in honor of his work: Falling Down (1993).
Best song: Fallin' (Alicia Keys).
Best flop quote: "They've got to know that he's a damn flopper. That's all Turkododo do," Rasheed Wallace said of Turkododo, er, Turkoglu. "Flopping shouldn't get you nowhere. He acts like I shot him."