LeBron James says he’s not a flopper — not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The Miami Heat star — along with teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — have been oft accused of embellishing contact to get a foul call. LeBron insists that he’s not a flopper, though he does say he understands the strategy of it all.
“Some guys have been doing it for years, just trying to get an advantage,” James said Monday in anticipation of Tuesday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it.”
Lebron James’ stance on flopping likely won’t sit well with Miami’s opponent, the Indiana Pacers. Players from the Pacers have spoken out against the seemingly unsportsmanlike act, and head coach Frank Vogel was hit with a $15,000 fine by the NBA for complaining about officials allowing Heat players to flop.
“I think it’s well documented. I’m not for flopping,” Vogel said.
James is known as one of the best athletes in the NBA. In fact, he’s so good that former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann said LeBron could be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent,” Theismann added. “I’ll go wherever he wants this summer. He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there’s time for him.”
So it’s no surprise that LeBron James scoffs at allegations that he’s a flopper. In the last round of the playoffs, he blasted Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for calling him a flopper, saying “I don’t need to flop. I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.”