Here’s Why ‘Flopping’ In Basketball Just Doesn’t Pay Off

The NBA’s regular season kicked off Tuesday night, and already players are being accused of “flopping” — with fingers pointing at Charlotte Hornets’ Lance Stephenson, San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan and Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert, among others.

What’s flopping? That’s when a player exaggerates the effects of physical contact from an opposing player in an attempt to trick the referee into calling a foul. (Just check out the slideshow at the bottom of this article.)

But does flopping pay off? Not if you believe the results of a new study conducted in Israel. It suggests that most flops fail to fool the referee. What’s more, it seems that players who flop actually harm their teams’ chances of winning.

For the study, the researchers gathered 501 video-recorded incidents of flopping in Israeli Basketball Super League games and showed them to dozens of professional coaches and referees. Some of the experts were asked whether each incident of physical contact was intentional or not while others were asked to determine how a referee should respond. The researchers then compared how the experts called each play to what actually happened in the game.

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