Lionel Hollins’ take on flopping makes for awkward locker room dynamic

May 21, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins reacts against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT

Tony Allen was fined $5,000 dollars following the Grizz’ game two loss for arguably the greatest flop in league history. So naturally Lionel Hollins comes out the day after and says ‘flopping isn’t a part of the game and it shouldn’t be a part of the game’. Awkward. But gotta save face, right? Flopping doesn’t exactly scream the ‘grit-and-grind’ brand.

Per Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN.com:

“Flopping isn’t a part of the game and it shouldn’t be a part of the game,” Hollins said. “That’s why we have rules in place. There are probably a few more that could be called on a lot of people still in it.”

I don’t think what happened had anything to do with the referee calling a flagrant foul because he grabbed him out of the air,” Hollins said. “Whether he hit his head or didn’t hit his head, he grabbed him out of the air, and I don’t think that had a bearing, especially when they went and reviewed it, they still called it a flagrant.”

Allen ultimately agreed that it was a flop – not that he could have convinced anyone, including himself, otherwise – but told reporters the flagrant and the public perspective on Manu Ginobili’s foul is being taken too lightly.

“Let’s say, God forbid, I got hurt. Say if I tore my ACL again, then how is everyone looking at Manu Ginobili? That’s a dirty play, right? You can’t grab nobody in the air. You can’t grab nobody in the air.

“What’s crazy is in the game before, he made the same play, and he went for the ball, and he missed and I layed it in. But this time, he knew he didn’t have time to make a play on the ball after he turned it over. So he grabbed me and pulled me out of the air. You can’t do that, man.” (via CBS Sports)

Personally, I’m siding with Mike Conley on the matter: “I almost wanted to laugh on the court, but I was too tired and too focused on the game.”

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