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: 6th
Current team:Utah Jazz
Height/weight: 6-9, 235
Age on Feb. 18, 2011: 30
Seasons in NBA: 10.
What makes him a noted flopper: AK47 has been a veteran thespian for years on the court, taking over-the-top pratfalls. He is adept at flinging his body around at the slightest contact so the ref awards him with a call. A few years ago, with an official watching Tracy McGrady to make sure T-Mac didn't step out of bounds, Kirilenko flung himself to the floor. The ref caught his act in his peripheral vision and awarded AK the call.
Best Hollywood movie title to honor his work: Unforgiven (1992).
Best song: Falling For You (Weezer).
Best flop quote: Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, then a TV analyst, said Kirilenko's flops as a rebounder at the free-throw line, "It's like you see in soccer in Europe, where guys are taking the headers."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun