I understand the reasoning behind it, but still it's pathetic. When I played any sports on any level, if I wanted to mess with the other team, I wouldn't flop. I'd get more physical and talk s*** to them.
Flopping to me always has been and always will be pathetic. If a guy was doing that to me on the court (without the benefit of referees obviously) I'd show him what a real foul was. I'd foul him hard and tell him "next time you flop, just remember what a real foul is".
This so much.
Something that's bothered me for a long time is that people actually praise Paul for being "super competitive" and wanting to win "at whatever the cost"... To me real competitiveness does NOT include cheating to gain an edge, they're actually opposing concepts.
If you're truly competetitive, you want the challenge, you want the opposition's best shot, you want to beat them fair and square to prove you're greater. Cheating (which is exactly what flopping is) flies directly in the face of that. It's not real competitiveness, it's just being petty, it's something a 'smaller' man would do, it's denigrating the game and the purpose of wanting to win in the first place. If you cheat and play dirty to win, and you achieve just that, does the victory really mean something? Does it mean anything close to actually beating an opponent because you are more talented / smarter / more determined / more skilled ? NO.
I praise being physical, playing with real balls and not backing down, I like trash talking as a form of intimidation and trying to get in the other player's head (with limits, KG went too far for example), but I absolutely abhor, I loathe flopping (and other forms of cheating) and dirty players.